(Solution) Poli 330N Week 6 Discussion 1: Presidential Advisor

Required Resources
Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: Review Chapters 2, 3 (pgs 56-59), 13
  • Lesson
  • 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.

DOMESTIC PROGRAMS AND FOREIGN AID 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, 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
NEW TAXES 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.


Budgeting is regarded as one of the primary components of successful governance (Magstadt, 2017). Taking this into consideration, as a presidential advisor, I would consider cutting on the following components;

$17 billion- Cut some foreign aid to African countries. Although foreign aid to African countries is a great move, I believe that cutting on these expenses is good for the interest of the country.

$40 billion- Add tax on carbon emissions. Carbon emissions have hugely lead to environmental degradation and global warming. Therefore, adding tax on carbon emissions will increase revenue while discouraging these emissions.

$50 billion- Institute a millionaires tax on income above $1 million. This will play a critical role in ensuring that there is social equity, where low income earners will be at  an advantage….Please click the Paypal icon below to purchase full solution for only $5