A key to a people's guide -- Federal spending categories / foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich -- Why should you care about the federal budget? -- The big picture -- A brief history of the federal budget -- Who decides the federal budget? -- Where does the money come from? -- Where does the money go? -- The federal debt -- The president's 2013 budget request -- Take action -- Appendix: For educators -- Appendix: Federal spending at the state level -- Acknowledgments -- Guest contributors -- About npp -- Resources -- Glossary -- List of figures -- List of extras -- List of learn to fish -- List of did you knows.
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 about the federal budget also covers up-to-the-minute numbers and an explanation of President Obamas 2013 budget request.