ProPublica has a cool interactive graph on “The Stimulus Plan: Where the Money Would Go.” The graph tracks how the economic stimulus plan would spend more than $825 billion on programs to create jobs and bolster programs to create jobs, cut taxes and help lower-income Americans. What you’re looking at is called a tree map — with boxes representing each of the categories where the money will be spent, such as “Tax Cuts,” “Aid to States,” “Aid to Workers,” “Education,” “Energy” and the like. The graph reveals details when you scroll over the boxes. By right clicking you can zoom in on a category.
This is a very effective way to convey complicated and extensive amounts of information in a comprehensible manner. Check it out.