...that some people are willing to use any distortion of the data.
I was recently emailed the following graph:
What's interesting is that the poster chose to use absolute numbers, not taking into account inflation, population growth, or growth in GDP, and by doing so, makes Bush look as bad as possible. The following chart shows this same data (going back to 1930), derived from data supplied by the Government Printing Office, using percentages of GDP instead of absolute numbers:
What a difference a little data normalization makes! Since I think the optimal amount for the federal government to borrow every year is about 2 percent (one of these days I'll post about why I think that), it looks pretty good to me.
But, if you want to bash Bush instead of having a rational discussion, you might as well use a data set that's not normalized and doesn't make any sense. Heck, you might as well use made up and totally bogus data!