In response to the Republican proposal to cut $74 billion from the federal budget, Senator Harry Reid declared the cuts to be "unworkable" and "draconian". But how bad are is $74 billion in cuts when seen in the context of our $1.5 trillion deficit? This video visualizes the Republican budget cuts to give us a little more perspective.

When pushing the stimulus package, President Obama claimed that the stimulus would save 3 million jobs. How have his predictions turned out so far? This video compares those predictions with how the jobs numbers have actually turned out.

How do the Obama deficits compare with past presidents? And how did the national debt get so big anyway. This video tries to answer those questions by looking at the debt as a road trip and seeing how fast different administrations have been traveling. For more, follow my Twitter account at PoliticalMath or visit my blog at

How much is the $100 million dollars in budget cuts compared to the federal budget as a whole? This video imagines the budget as $100 in pennies to provide the answer. For more on the budget, mathematics and political visualizations, follow me on Twitter: @PoliticalMath or visit my blog:

On December 19th, the CBO released an estimate for the health care reform that stated that, as it was written, it would reduce the deficit $132 billion. In explaining this estimate, the CBO director went to great pains to try to explain that portions of the bill that contained "savings" would almost certainly not be implemented. This is a satire of his attempts to inject reality into the process.