A Tale of Two Budgets

Filed in National by on April 30, 2012

The National Priorities Project is a government sunshine project — making the complexities of the Federal budget and budget process easily comprehensible. If you haven’t been to their website before, you should click through and bookmark this great resource. One of their efforts is a series of explainers using You Tube on various budget and policy issues. This one compares the Ryan/Romney/GOP Budget with that proposed by the Congressional Progressive Caucus:


This is 2 minutes, 44 long. So you get a good, basic comparison of these budgets in less than three minutes, so I wonder how it is that this kind of thing isn’t what news programs do. Other than this is more boring than the breathless he say she say which just outsources critiques to someone else. But in less then three minutes you know alot about both of these budgets. Enough to start thinking about which of these might be better for your household. And enough to know who doesn’t really care about budget deficits.

There’s a more detailed comparison here, where you can download a pdf with more extensive analysis.


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  1. pandora says:

    Thanks for sharing that!

  2. nemski says:

    Agree with Pandora on this, quite good and well worth one’s time to watch. However, now I have more reading to do. 😉

  3. Dave says:

    Anyway know where the source data is for these proposals? For instance, under Medicare and Medicaid it says “Generates savings through administrative changes.”

    I would like to know what administrative changes are being proposed that would generate savings.

  4. cassandra_m says:

    The source data for this analysis is from the proposed budgets themselves. Some of it is reducing payments to doctors and the usual.