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The more the merrier

Some people say Bill (Clinton), Fannie (Mae) and Freddie (Mac) are to blame for the financial crisis. The one from 2008. Bill wanted everyone to have a house. So he said to Fannie and Freddie: Don’t be so strict with the money. Bill always used to have a Labrador with him. He wouldn’t have allowed that.

He says the other people are right. They say it’s much more complicated. And a lot of mistakes were made with houses everywhere. It’s all the same to me. I don’t even have a doghouse.

The United States was one of many countries to experience rapid house price growth: House Price Appreciation in Selected Countries. - Source: Dissenting Statement of Commissioner Keith Hennessey, Commissioner Douglas Holtz-Eakin, and Vice Chairman Bill Thomas. In: The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (publ.), The Financial Crisis Inquiry Report - Final Report of the National Commission on the Causes of the Financial and Economic Crisis in the United States, January 2011, pages 411-440, here page 415.
Source: Dissenting Statement of Commissioner Keith Hennessey, Commis­sioner Douglas Holtz-Eakin, and Vice Chairman Bill Thomas. In: FCIC (publ.), The Financial Crisis Inquiry Report – Final Report of the National Commission on the Causes of the Financial and Economic Crisis in the United States, January 2011, pages 411-440, here page 415.

What’s great: Putting a lot of things next to each other. For comparison. You repeat the form. And change the content. That’s called Small Multiples. The name is from Edward.

Important: The scale has to be comparable. By using an index, for example. You can omit what’s redundant. Here they omitted the superfluous labeling.