US Budget for Dummies
July 12, 2011 2:53 PM Subscribe
Can you help me better understand the US budget?
posted by Hypnotic Chick to law & government (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Time-and-time again, the budget is an issue that receives an enormous amount of media coverage. To me, the quality of the coverage is diminished by the use of jargon and descriptions of procedures that I am not clear about or aware of. It is a little like starting to watch a movie that is half over.
I am interested in better understanding the basics. I have done a bit of research (googling, for example, "primer on the us budget") and looking up some information at the OMB website. On one hand, I am not sure I know how to filter the noise from the signal and on the other the depth/breadth is too much.
My question boils down to, "What reader-friendly information do you know of that helps explain the budget and/or budget process?"
Secondarily, "what about the budget (as a topic generally, not necessarily "process" related) do you think that Americans need to/should know about?"