On my daily cruise through the Washington Post front page, I saw an interactive graphic decorated with four mug shots: Michelle Bachman, Paul Ryan, Ron Paul, and Rick Larsen.
That certainly got my attention. What does Larsen have in common with those three worthies? That’s easy: They are all vertebrates who walk upright.
When you explore the graphic and the information it contains, you learn that Larsen is apparently one of just nine Congress members who voted for three big factors in the federal deficit: war measures, economic stimulus, and tax cuts. (The graphic erroneously links Larsen to the group who voted for stimulus but against tax cuts and war, perhaps confusing him with John LarsOn of Connecticut. But when you click on the actual lists, our LarsEn is among the elite nine.)
I have emailed Larsen’s office to clarify and verify the info in this graphic.
By contrast, Paul voted for the tax cuts but against war and stimulus. Bachman voted for war but against stimulus, and was not in office when the key tax-cutting votes were taken during the Bush administration. (I’m guessing she might have voted yes…) Ryan voted for war and tax cuts but against stimulus.