In this weblog I talk quite a bit about the importance of context how context allows us to create meaning from facts and opinions. Context is what allows each of us to evaluate information from a variety of perspectives, decide which angles are most meaningful to us, and then decide what (if anything) we wish to do or say in response.
Today in Washington DC, the White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) is debuting President Bush’s proposal for the FY 2006 US federal budget. I realize that sounds like a bunch of boring numbers wrapped up in posturing and to some extent, it is. However, I’d like to use this as an exercise to examine how context can create meaning…
For now, check out these links and then we’ll have a discussion a bit later:
- OMB: FY 2006 budget proposal documents
- NPR Morning Edition, Feb. 7, 2005. Bush Proposes Deep Cuts in $2.57 Trillion Spending Plan. Interview with Former Congressional Budget Office Director Robert Reischauer examines what the federal budget does and does not include, in broad terms.
- US Government Accountability Office (GAO), Feb. 1, 2005 report: The Long-Term Fiscal Challenge (Abstract, Full report)
- OMB: The White House highlights certain angles on its FY 2006 budget proposal: Budget overview, President’s message, Defense, Housing, Homeland Security, Environment, Economy, Energy, Education, International, Healthcare, America’s Promise, Compassion, Agriculture, Veterans, Science and space, Transportation, Labor.
More to come on this…