Comparing the fiscal cliff deals

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Dylan Matthews charts the final “fiscal cliff” deal alongside the various offers and counteroffers between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner during the negotiations.

The ultimate deal contained no spending cuts (save an offset for the Medicare “doc fix”), $632 billion in new revenue ($12 billion of which comes from an IRA gimmick) and $30 billion in stimulus spending in the form of extended unemployment insurance.

That’s a lot less revenue than Obama wanted and Boehner offered — and a lot less stimulus than Obama initially demanded — but it’s also a lot less spending than either side wanted to cut initially.

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