US Budget

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. Submit your recommendations and your reasoning for such recommendations using these guidelines:

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

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– Use the format provided below to present your numbers and totals followed by an explanation below the chart.

– Please note that these are not true US budget numbers, but are reasonable hypothetical numbers to help us consider the budget processes complexities.

DOMESTIC PROGRAMS AND FOREIGN AID

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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

MILITARY

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

HEALTHCARE

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

EXISTING TAXES

Return the estate tax to Clinton-era levels

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