How the Deficit got this big

From the NY Times Op-Ed page:

With President Obama and Republican leaders calling for cutting the budget by trillions over the next 10 years, it is worth asking how we got here — from healthy surpluses at the end of the Clinton era, and the promise of future surpluses, to nine straight years of deficits, including the $1.3 trillion shortfall in 2010. The answer is largely the Bush-era tax cuts, war spending in Iraq and Afghanistan, and recessions.

This graph really stuck out.

If we have to cut, isn’t it pretty obvious where those cuts should come from?

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