Federal budget debates often feature large numbers without any context. This can leave the public confused, write Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) and Robert L. Bixby, executive director of The Concord Coalition, in a recent op-ed for The Hill.
“The key to making sense of our nation’s fiscal problems is to look at ratios and trends, not just raw numbers,” they write. “And the ratio that makes the most sense is how any particular number compares to the size of the economy.”
The national debt provides a good example.
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