Company: Microsoft Corp (MSFT)
Fiscal policies can have both subtle and major affects on almost all organizations. The purpose of this SLP assignment is to have you examine your organization (Microsoft Corp) regarding how it is affected by these economic variables and policies.
You are to place yourself in the position of being a paid lobbyist for your organization (Microsoft corp). Pick two or three major fiscal policy initiatives you would lobby Congress about. However, this is not in general, this is for your organization, not for the economy as a whole, so make sure to take that specific focus. Again, if you’re using an unconventional organization, you may have to get a little creative here.
1. As your organization’s lobbyist (Microsoft Corp), what would you like to see done by the Federal government that would be of help to your organization? As a lobbyist it is not your job to be concerned with the deficit, or the environment, or the general health of the financial system (unless, of course, you are lobbying for an environmental, financial, or deficit reduction group). Your answer to this question can give an interesting perspective as to how lobbying can distort economic policy and decisions. CAUTION: I am not looking for general comments that could apply to the country as a whole or any given organization, what I want is comments that are relevant specifically to your organization. There are three articles below on the pros and cons of lobbying, feel free to google the subject to find more:
2. The majority of lobbying efforts centers around fiscal policy. Please discuss your opinions on lobbying regarding if it is useful and should continue as is, if it should continue but with constraints to limit how much is done, or if it should be eliminated.
SLP assignment expectations:
Use information from the modular background readings as well as any good quality resource you can find. Make sure you cite all resources you use and provide a reference list at the end of your paper.
In addition to the overall quality, depth, grammar, and organization of the paper, the following will, in particular, be assessed:
1.. Analytical ability in relating Federal policies to the specifics of your organization.
2. Your ability to relate Federal government activity to your specific organization.
Required background Readings:
All links were validated on June 25, 2013
Bouman, John. Principles of Macroeconomics. "Unit 6: Fiscal Policy" (section 6 optional) Retrieved from: click here
Rittenberg L. and T. Tregarthen (2009). Chapter 12: Governement and Fiscal Policy (Section 1-3 only) Principles of Macroeconomics. Retrieved from: click here
No limited # of internet resources.