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Essay topics for public budgeting and finance course

I'm completely drawing a blank for deciding a topic about an essay I have to write.

"The paper must deal with an issue involving budget process and procedure, public expenditure management, and/or budget institutions, public revenue policy, taxation, tax administration, public debt, or fiscal federalism."

I have to write five 2 page essays each using a different source about the same topic. Then I compile my thoughts into a separate 2 page review of all five sources.

So any ideas, I'm trying to think of more specific topics. I'm looking at articles on the OMB, CBO, and the CRS.

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Write about how the Federal Gov't has screwed the American people by not knowing how to keep to a budget and spending more than they receive in taxes.

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That would be an extremely long essay. It would probably be longer than the healthcare bill in all honesty. haha

I'm trying to find a topic that is specific but general enough that is has plenty of sources.
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How about an essay on the debate about a fair tax or flat tax and eliminating the IRS, all the code, and all the politicians running on how they are going to "fix" the unfair taxes whatever, they feel that is.

We have politicians running on spreading the wealth, redistribution of wealth, death taxes etc. What if they could only run on how they were going to make the government more efficient or more responsible to the people, instead of what they feel they need to do to use taxes to "manage" the economy and perform "social engineering".

Just eliminate income taxes and tax everyone using a national sales tax and then live within a budget.
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How about an essay on how small the government could be in the economy if all it did is what is necessary to secure the people from internal and external enemies and armed conflicts, and regulate for healthy food supply and medicine. Let the states take care of the state governments interest subsidizing the poor as it can afford for general health and welfare needs of its citizens.
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Funny you mention the Fair Tax because that was one of my first ideas honestly. It's looking like that will be my topic because of all the recent publications in support of it.
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Good. I suggest you try to cover more than the fairness issue of this tax versus that tax.

Think about the angle of should the government really be in the business of trying to redistribute wealth or just have us each cover our fair share of the cost of government.

Don't take someone's money in taxes so you can give it to someone else who doesn't have as much (except for those few poor souls that really can't take care of themselves). But take some money from all of us to pay for necessary government.

And turning the energy in Washington toward governing, not managing the distribution of wealth. I think the best way to pull the rug out from under lobbyists and special interests is to stop trying to tune the tax laws to benefit a "needy" sector of the economy. Let the economy work without the artificial manipulations of Washington.
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Or do a contrast on Flat Tax v. Consumption Tax ???
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Look at Indiana. We have a budget surplus, whereas all of the surrounding states have a deficit. Mitch Daniels took office 7 years ago. People were worried about what they would lose! He was very unpopular at first, but he cut all of the government waste. What was left, he made much more efficient. Today, the state government does more with less, and is much more efficient: Hoosiers don't seem to miss what was taken from them seven years ago! The Federal Government could learn a lesson from this.
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