As advocates for the common good in the political process, one thing we should all be aware of is the budget process. Jim Wallis, author of God’s Politics, has repeatedly labeled a budget as a “moral document,” a list that telegraphs to outsiders and our progeny what we considered to be priorities.

David Waldman, at Congress Matters (a spin-off of Daily Kos), has provided a list of various tools we can use to look into the budget process, as well as a reference guide detailing its flow.

As this blog seeks to further the common good, I think it’s important that this list be shared with you. We all have the right to know, and an obligation to follow, how our government is allocating our tax dollars. Thanks to the internet and the resurgence of an emphasis on civic responsibility in our government, the process is more accessible than ever. It’s up to us to take advantage of it.