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Tetris Makes World Spending A Little More Understandable

Last night President Obama delivered the State of the Union. Written for posterity, perhaps, it's still a policy speech, and policy costs. Here's "Debtris," reminding everyone that, a bilion here, a billion there, pretty soon you're talking about real money.

Debtris, produced last month by Information is Beautful, arranges spending figures in relative sizes to one another; the Tetris motif is just to get you to pay attention. No squiggly pieces or L bars, but damn, that $3 billion from OPEC's climate change fund sure is preventing the board from clearing off a couple lines, isn't it.


For our friends overseas, here's the U.K. version.

Debtris [Information Is Beautiful]

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Michael Dukakis
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Well I have my next campaign slogan.