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A People's Guide to the Federal Budget

A People's Guide to the Federal Budget

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From history of the budget process to detail about the ongoing conflict in Washington, from charts explaining where every federal dollar goes to simple explanations of budget terminology, this book covers it all. A People's Guide to the Federal Budget is for every American who wants to understand and participate in a process that affects all of us. It serves as a

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From history of the budget process to detail about the ongoing conflict in Washington, from charts explaining where every federal dollar goes to simple explanations of budget terminology, this book covers it all. A People's Guide to the Federal Budget is for every American who wants to understand and participate in a process that affects all of us. It serves as a foundation for the novice reader, a reference tool for a more advanced audience, and is perfect for high school and college classroom use. Released to coincide with the fiscal year 2013 budget process and the 2012 presidential election, this guide includes up-to-the-minute numbers and explanation of President Obama's 2013 budget request.

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Library Journal
Kramer (senior research analyst, National Priorities Project) here provides an understandable explanation of federal spending and revenues. The text explains why readers should care about the federal budget and how it affects them. It also breaks down technical language, e.g., mandatory and discretionary spending and revenue sources; 13 spending categories; how Congress and presidential administrations prepare budgets; nominal versus real dollars; fiscal and calendar years; departments that influence the budget and their acronyms, e.g., OMB, GAO, CBO, and CRS; budget creation chronology, beginning with the president, House and Senate action, their subcommittees' proposed appropriations, House and Senate reconciliations, and final presidential signature. That "politics, economics, and lobbying add complications" seems an understatement. Also included is a how-to guide readers can use to lobby their representatives. VERDICT This book is worthwhile reading for all U.S. citizens, though it presents issues of spending and revenue rather uncritically given the current economic environment. Of particular value for high school and college teachers, the book contains several lesson plans, and many more can be accessed at nationalpriorities.org. With a foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich.—Joanne B. Conrad, SUNY at Geneseo
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—At the risk of inundating readers with sheer numbers, pie charts, and assorted graphics The People's Guide takes a singularly dry topic and admirably makes it accessible to the masses. A solid review of "Where Does the Money Come From?" and "Where Does the Money Go?" lays the groundwork for an analysis of the Federal Debt and Obama's 2013 Budget Request. The specific aim for this text is to help readers understand Obama's 2013 proposed budget, a call to action if you will, with an aim to nonpartisan presentation. The text is carefully laid out in a highly digestible and sequential format. It includes simple, layperson's concepts such as our Social Security wage tax holiday, down to 4.2 percent until the end of 2012, upon which the elucidation of more complex tax topics can be built. A more complex graphic is a bar graph with a 70-year review of "Revenues, Outlays, Deficits and Surpluses"-and current deficits versus outlays aren't looking good! In the "Take Action" chapter, a proactive chart provides a month-by-month layout of "Opportunities to Take Action" leading up to October 1, the new fiscal year. Readers would be well served by having a solid grasp of basic government fiscal machinations prior to reading this guide. With clearly presented concepts, consistently referring back to prior explanatory text, there is a wealth of data packed into every page.—Meredith Toumayan, Topsfield Town Library, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566568876
Publisher:
Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/25/2012
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
839,925
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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A People's Guide to the Federal Budget 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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watkd25 More than 1 year ago
This book is well put together. Although I do think it is oversimplified, this book is extremely informative and would help any reader understand the process of how the federal budget is created and passed. As a public administration undergraduate, I believe that the content of this book exceeds that of lower level Public Administration textbooks and I may recommend it to some of my past professors. This book can be read in as little as two days and would allow for a great water-cooler conversation.
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