If a student presented this in a statistics 101 class, the teacher
would likely give them an F. But because it involves Washington’s
public enemy number one, Beijing, the US regional reserve bank was
awarded a Golden Star for exemplary service in the New Cold War.
The St. Louis Fed listed the world’s top six countries by military
expenditures, but used two separate axes: the spending of China,
Russia, Britain, India, and Saudi Arabia was depicted on the left
axis, which went from $0 to $300 billion; but a separate right
axis was created just for the United States, which went from $400
billion to $1 trillion.
This is one of the most deliberately misleading charts I’ve seen in a long time.