Tufte would be pleased.

Interesting how you can lie with statistics even when you set out to tell the truth.

Viveka Weiley at Karmanaut has redrawn a recent Washington Post chart purporting to show how Obama’s tax plan compares to McCain’s.

As she notes, the WP original is not to scale; all nine tax brackets are drawn the same size, thereby suggesting that the number of people in each of tax bracket is roughly equivalent, and that there’d be just as many people paying the top marginal rate as there would be paying the lowest rate.

In fact, that top echelon (annual income over $2.87 million) comprises only one-tenth of 1% of the population. (source)

P.S. Weiley herself has no dog in this bloody political fight: She’s based in Sydney, Australia.

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