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Research into action
You have done sufficient research at this time to become familiar with the facts and prevailing positions on this public policy issue. In this Section, you will prepare a manuscript that presents both sides of the argument on your selected issue.
Required Reading:
Seitel, F. P. (2011). Chapters 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Paper- Issue: Pro and Con Argument
Develop Pro and Con Arguments on an Issue
All issues have two sides to them, both pro and con. Candidates should be familiar with both sides. Activity 6 asks you to explore the pros and cons of selected public policy issues.
Prepare two arguments on your public policy issue that will provide the background for a briefing to your presidential candidate. Prepare arguments in favor of and against your selected issue. Do not mix or compare arguments.
Length: 8-12 pages (app. 350 words per page)
Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards.

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The United States federal government has supported the development of alternative energy sources in the form of tax breaks to companies that produce energy (owners of wind farms, for example) and to companies that produce equipment used in alternative energy (such as solar panel manufacturers). Presidents Stimulus Bill of 2009 included tax incentives for these companies as a way to create jobs and boost the economy. There have been some successes and some notable failures; Solyndra was the biggest failure when they declared bankruptcy in August 2011. Last fall, their case was settled in bankruptcy court, and the cost to the taxpayers is approximately $860 billion, in the form of loan guarantee payments and future tax savings due to loss carry-forwards for investors.
To be fair to the Obama White House, the program that funded Solyndra began during the Bush administration. Encouraging the development of alternative energy sources has been a goal of the United States government for decades. Now, when the budget deficit is such a big issue, we must look at all government expenditures to see if they make sense.
Background
The United States is highly dependent on oil, but it cannot produce enough domestically to meet the country’s needs. According to the CIA World Book, in 2011 the United States consumed 19.2 million barrels of oil per day, but only produced 9.7 million barrels per day. To make up the 9.5 million barrel daily difference we had to import oil from other places. This puts us at the mercy of OPEC nations like Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, countries that are politically hostile to the United States and are the source of terrorists. (Osama bin Laden was a member of a prominent Saudi oil-producing family.) We engaged in the First Gulf War and the Second Gulf War in order to protect our access to oil, costing the taxpayers trillions of dollars in government expenditures and higher prices at the pump and in the furnace. As a result of the war the Muslim world is hostile to the...

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