The Federal Budget Analysis

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“In a fundamental sense, the federal government is what it spends. Through the budget, the government assists millions of families in meeting basic expenses and provides a financial safety net for the sick, elderly, and other dependent persons” (Professor Allen Schick, “The Federal Budget: Politics, Policy, Processes,” 2007) The Federal Budget of the United States is decided upon by both the President and Congress through a discussion process that often leaves the two parties split on controversial issues. The two often argue on how this money will be dispersed between the several budget categories that our government must attend to. This amount of money is no small amount. In 2012 the United States spent over $3.8 trillion ($3,800,000,000,000) …show more content…
This category consists of programs such as: Medicare and Medicaid, Defense, Social Security, Interest on National Debt, and Safety Net Programs. The category which must be adjusted within this budget is the Defense program. The spending for this program should be reduced by approximately 8% and that 8% should be transferred into Education Programs. According to a chart of the total expenditures of the Federal Budget in 2012, around $716 billion dollars was spent on Defense, while Education trails far behind with a much smaller $68 billion (Document B, Federal Budget Overview FY* 2012 Total Expenditures: $3.8 trillion). Defense provides the citizens of America with both domestic tranquility as well as common defense, yet the United States does not always rely on the Defense program. Defense is mostly used during wars or other attacks from opposing forces. Defense, even without the 8%, would still have a major lead in funding which could still be spent on weapons and other benefits, especially during the times of peace between attacks. While with education, the promotion of the general welfare of millions of young American’s can be benefited through an increase in funding for the program. And these educated citizen can better benefit other programs within our country as well as keeping them informed about how to keep their country safe. Creating a better change for the …show more content…
There is only one minor adjustment to be made within the budget program called: General Science and Space. General Science and Space mainly supports groups such as NASA, and studies our world as well as others. Yet science and discovery will prove no use to a dying planet like the one here today. Which explains a result in a move of a total .5% percent to another Small Guys category known as: Natural Resources and Environment. In 2012, it was recorded that the General Science and Space program had funding of about $31 billion dollars, yet Natural Resources and Environment dominates this which funding of $43 billion (Document E, The Little Guys). This category does indeed already have more funding than the General Science and Space funding, yet it also lies on a more important scale. Natural Resources and Environment focuses on ensuring our land is properly taken care of, while safer resources are being studied to help lessen current problems such as pollution and other factors disturbing our environmental world. Earth is our home, and though exploring it is important for advancing society, the Preamble supports the cause of Promoting the General Welfare. Keeping our own planet healthy is certainly an efficient and wide scale solution which will result in the improvement of everyone’s welfare, not just American citizens, but citizens of all countries worldwide. General Science and Space doesn’t directly relate to any of the

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