Week 6 Discussion 1: Presidential Advisor

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This is a graded discussion: 25 points possible

due Aug 18

Week 6 Discussion 1: Presidential Advisor
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Required Resources
Read/review the following resources for this activity:

Textbook: Review Chapter 2, 3 (pp. 56-59), 13
Additional scholarly sources you identify through your own research
Initial Post Instructions

You are an advisor to the President tasked with cutting at least $300 billion from the budget. The president wants your recommendations to cut lines, not large categories. Explain why you chose those cuts.
Note: These are not true US budget numbers.




Cut some foreign aid to African countries


$17 billion



Eliminate farm subsidies


$14 billion



Cut pay of civilian federal workers by 5 percent


$14 billion



Reduce the overall federal workforce by 10%


$12 billion



Cut aid to states by 5%


$29 billion




Cut the number of nuclear warheads, and end the “Star Wars” missile defense program


$19 billion



Reduce military to pre-Iraq War size and further reduce troops in Asia and Europe


$25 billion



Cancel or delay some weapons programs


$19 billion




Enact medical malpractice reform by reducing the chances of large malpractice verdicts


$ 8 billion



Increase the Medicare eligibility age to 68


$ 8 billion



Raise the Social Security retirement age to 68.


$ 13 billion




Return the estate tax to Clinton-era levels, passing on an estate worth more than $1 million to their heirs would have portions of those estates taxed.


$ 50 billion



End tax cuts for income above $250,000 a year


$ 54 billion



End tax cuts for income below $250,000 a year


$ 172 billion



Payroll tax increase for people making over $106,000 annually contributing more to Social Security and Medicare.


$ 50 billion




Institute a Millionaire’s tax on income above $1 million


$ 50 billion



Add a national 5% sales tax


$ 41 billion



Add a tax on carbon emissions


$ 40 billion



Tax banks based on their sizes and the amount of risk they take.


$ 73 billion


Total gap covered by your budget plan




Use evidence (cite sources) to support your response from assigned readings or online lessons, and at least one outside scholarly source.

Follow-Up Post Instructions
Respond to at least two peers or one peer and the instructor. Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification. Minimum of 1 scholarly source, which can include your textbook or assigned readings or may be from your additional scholarly research.

Writing Requirements

Minimum of 3 posts (1 initial & 2 follow-up)
APA format for in-text citations and list of references
This activity will be graded using the Discussion Grading Rubric. Please review the following link:

Link (webpage): Discussion Guidelines
Course Outcomes (CO): 7

Due Date for Initial Post: By 11:59 p.m. MT on Wednesday
Due Date for Follow-Up Posts: By 11:59 p.m. MT on Sunday

Assignment: Adaptive Response