The Federal Budget: A Citizens’ Solutions Guide
This announcement comes from Allison Rizzolo, Communications Associate at Public Agenda — an NCDD organizational member. Public Agenda’s nonpartisan voter guides are back for the 2012 election, premiering on June 13, 2012 with “The Federal Budget: A Citizens’ Solutions Guide.” This important resource offers an unbiased and realistic examination of government spending and helps voters understand the trade-offs and consequences behind policy scenarios that candidates have endorsed.
Public Agenda has produced these trusty and crucial “crib sheets” in every presidential election since 1996, to help citizens break through campaign rhetoric, examine the real choices, and decide what they want before they decide who they want. The remaining Citizens’ Solutions Guides, made possible by the generous support of The Dilenschneider Group, will be released on a staggered schedule. Future guides will tackle energy, health care, K-12 education, immigration, and the economy and jobs. The suite of guides will be available in mid-September.
The Choices We Face
For voters, the federal budget is one of the top 3 issues that will influence their decision this November. Yet campaign spin obfuscates voters’ ability to seriously weigh the candidates’ policy proposals. Citizens need a way to break through meaningless rhetoric and work through our real choices for dealing with the federal budget, especially before they head to the polls.
“The Federal Budget: A Citizens’ Solutions Guide” digests the complex issue of the federal budget and the national debt for the everyday citizen and examines the pros and cons of some of our choices:
- Focusing spending on the long-term needs of our economy and raising revenue to cover what we spend.
- Focusing on Social Security and Medicare.
- Keeping taxes low and reducing the size of the government.
This update to Public Agenda’s highly-respected nonpartisan voter guide series will provide a voice of reason and pragmatism as we approach what promises to be a convoluted and antagonistic election season.
For More Information
You can read more about “The Federal Budget: A Citizens’ Solutions Guide” and download a PDF, at http://www.publicagenda.org/pages/the-federal-budget.