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Monday, February 8, 2010

Visualizing President Obama's Budget Proposal

The New York Times has an interactive infographic of President Obama's 2011 budget proposal that depicts the various parts of the proposal in comparison to each other. The portions of the budget that are the largest, occupy the largest section of the graphic. Place your mouse pointer over any section of the graphic to reveal the numbers for the subsections of each portion of the budget. You can also compare the 2011 budget proposal with the 2010 budget.












Hat tip to Cool Infographics.

Applications for Education
If US current events are a part of your curriculum, the US budget is probably going to be a topic of discussion. This infographic gives students a quick reference for that discussion. You could also use this infographic as the launching point for an activity in which students research the subsections of the budget proposal.

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