Two Takes on the Budget Crisis

14 Apr

Not quite two weeks ago, Rep. Paul Ryan debuted the GOP’s budget plan. Not quite two days ago, President Barack Obama laid out his own ideas for a budget plan. Both plans were brought forth under the mantle of reducing the deficit. I thought it would be interesting to take a look at both men’s public remarks using word clouds showing the 100 most used words (with common English words like “and” and “of” omitted). Here’s what you get. First up, Paul Ryan’s comments (click on the image to view full size):

Next, we have Obama’s comments (click on the image to view full size):

In looking at these two word clouds, the results one can draw are fairly subjective, but some big differences do jump out. You’ll see, for instance, that Rep. Ryan used the words “budget” and “government” far more often than President Obama did. You’ll also see that Ryan uses the word “reform” far more often than Obama, but Obama mentions “spending” and the “deficit” much more than Ryan does. Reducing the debt also figures more prominently among Obama’s words than Ryan’s, and Obama seems to be a bit more concrete with regards to programs like Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security than is Ryan. Both Obama and Ryan reference taxes quite frequently, but while Obama also mentions the people–“children” and “seniors” for example–Ryan doesn’t bring these groups up, though he does speak frequently of the “future.”

I have my thoughts about the “why” behind all of these differences, and from what I’ve written before, you can probably figure some of them out, but I wanted to leave the analysis of this up to my readers. What do you see? How are the remarks similar? How are they different? What do you think these similarities and differences mean? Think about it and leave a comment. Chances are not everyone will see things the same way.

1 Comment

Posted by on April 14, 2011 in Uncategorized


One response to “Two Takes on the Budget Crisis

  1. Erin

    May 5, 2011 at 3:58 am

    your comparison is really interesting!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: