Before Al Gore and his PowerPoint presentations there was H. Ross Perot and his charts. For those of you who don’t remember Perot ran as an independent for President in 1992 and 1996 on a platform of deficit reduction and being anti-NAFTA. The deficit problems highlighted in those elections seem to have disappeared from the media attention, although discussion about Medicare and social security seem to be around from time to time.
Perot is back and trying to bring the perceived problems of the deficit to the national spotlight. Perot has created a website Perotcharts.com to highlight the national debt, health care, and social security problems. I have not had a chance to explore the website too much, but I think these are worthwhile issues, and as an economist I appreciate a good chart.