Budget Process

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When considering the nature of the federal budget, indeed one can trace the foundations of budgeting back to biblical principles. Inside the community of faith, the bible has often been considered the cornerstone and reference point for authoritative declarations. Thus, when applying a biblical perspective to the nature and context of the federal budget, one must begin with the nature of property and stewardship within biblical context. As conveyed in the lecture notes, “God delegated to man the authority over external things, and hence, one could conclude stewardship and ownership from Genesis… God also has authority over all humanity, in the sense that we ‘are not our own,’ and what we own is not to be ‘privately’ administered in exclusion of God.” Therefore, when discussing the federal budget in correlation to the biblical text, indeed the allocation of resources, the distribution of wealth and the overall stewardship of believers are controlled by God. As scriptures states, “God blessed the and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth” (Genesis,1:28,ESV). Thus, one does not truly “own” any of their possessions, in fact, possessions are owned by God. Therefore, from a biblical perspective, the federal government and its control over the federal budget is essentially under the divine supervision of God. Therefore, one can concur, when incorporating the first set of “rules” given by God, the Ten Commandments, one can apply the commandments in regards to the federal budget. Therefore, when considering the role of government and the federal budget in relation to bi... ... middle of paper ... ...eneral welfare.’ In summary, it can be argued that biblical principles often provided the best framework for budgeting processes and policies. Since biblical times to the present, when covetousness is not a present factor and God as well as biblical principles applied, this in turn provides a better framework for the federal budgeting process. Furthermore, when analyzing potential reforms within the federal budget, one can consider the General Welfare Clause in its proper context with regards the federal budget process. As presented in the lecture notes, Congress, since the 19th century, has extended its authority to aid and provide relief against natural disasters, economic downturns, as well as social- welfare programs. References Wildavsky, A., & Caiden, N. (2004). The new politics of the budgetary process (5th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson/Longman.
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