Brian Clifton
Fletcher Bach

The budget if…

An Experiment in direct democracy, this Interactive info graphic allows the user to explore and decide how their tax dollars should be spent in the federal budget.

Introduction to Computational Media

"the budget if…" came out of conversations surrounding direct democracy and the moral connection between a citizen's tax dollars and how those same dollars are spent in the federal budget. Aren't we morally responsible for how are tax dollars are spent by our government? Why then doesn't the tax payer get to choose how their contributions are spent? This interactive info graphic lives on the web and allows users to explore the federal budget, choose how their personal tax dollars should be spent, and then see how their decisions and relate to actual federal spending.