Create Your “Better” Federal Budget

Do you ever wonder how federal government spending impacts you? Does the current federal spending reflect your values? Does the federal spending impact you?  Do you ever wish that you could sit down and create a federal budget that would reflect your spending and revenue priorities?

For a majority of my adult life I have never understood the federal budget because I did not take the time to understand it and believed it didn’t impact me or anyone else.  As a result, I have come to realize that it does impact me, and many other people. Additionally, I have come to realize; the current budget does not reflect my values.

Budgets are moral documents, they reflect priorities, they are indicators of what we truly value. Whether a personal, family, small business, publicly traded company or faith community; we can all learn a great deal by looking at budgets. This is true for government budgets too: federal, state and local.

So many of my friends express their frustration about what is happening in Washington.  I knew there had to be a better way to engage people, a better way to help them understand how federal budgets work.  And I was fairly certain there had to be a tool out there, so I began to search.  As a matter of fact, there is a tool.

I invite you to do something that I’ve done. Take 10 minutes to create a federal budget, one that reflects your values. Then take a look at a fun and exciting tool that I discovered called Build a Better Budget.  It’s not hard.  You are given a series of multiple-choice questions to construct your own version of the federal budget.  The process is based on proposals from House Republicans and the Congressional Progressive Caucus.  Simply choose among options to raise or lower taxes, to spend on the military and wars, education, Social Security, health care and more.  Once you’ve done this, you are given the opportunity to share your version of the budget.

Once you’ve done this you will be given the opportunity to share your new and improved moral document, I mean budget, as a comment to this article.

Have fun and share your two cents.