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An Infographic of the Federal Budget

According to the Congressional Budget Office Director’s Blog yesterday:

“The federal government's finances are pretty complicated and not always easy to understand, and most of CBO's reports about the budget outlook are fairly lengthy and detailed. In fact, one of the questions we're most frequently asked is how much the government spends and takes in each year. For those who are not very familiar with the budget, finding the answer is sometimes harder than it should be.

“CBO's newest infographic—that is, information presented in a graphic form—describes some key elements of the federal budget, including a breakdown of its major components and a visual history of the budget and federal debt over the past 40 years. This graphical budget primer is more accessible than some of our longer reports, and we're hopeful that it will make the federal budget easier to understand.”

You can access the infographic here (requires Adobe). Just wondering: do the three elected eminences (Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner and Representative Jim Moran) who represent Arlington County taxpayers know even 70% (a "C") of the budget information on the infographic?

For more information, see these CBO publications: 1) The Budget and Economic Outlook: An Update; 2) CBO's 2011 Long-Term Budget Outlook; 3) Reducing the Deficit: Spending and Revenue Options; and, 4) An Analysis of the President’s Budgetary Proposals for Fiscal Year 2012.


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