Budget Cuts

Contest Info

  • Started: 1/22/2009 17:00
  • Ended: 1/25/2009 18:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 31
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
  • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
Budget Cuts
Contest Directions: In the present economy with sharply decreased consumer demand, companies are striving to find ways to cut down the cost of products and services in order to still show some profit. Some companies are redesigning their products from cheaper materials, while others are moving their production to countries like India and China. Often, programming and tech support are also outsourced to India, where English the second native language.
In the present economy, show how budget cuts are affecting any company's products or services. (E.g. re-design products from cheap materials or partially missing parts.) Think of chairs with three legs, cars made of plastic, budget McDonald's menu; design advertisements promoting really cheap products and services, think of how budget cuts will affect famous politicians , celebrities, or famous architecture, etc.

Contest Info

    • Started: 1/22/2009 17:00
    • Ended: 1/25/2009 18:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 31
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
    • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
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  • Hollywood Budget Cuts

    Hollywood Budget Cuts
        • Congratulations on the Gold....and Silver!
        • Mr Mo wins sum mo! Congratulations on the gold and silver!
  • Fender Budget Cuts

    Fender Budget Cuts
        • Congrats on the double win mrmo2, cool guitar!
        • This guitar is silver after all, congrats!
  • General Motors Lottery Ticket!

    General Motors Lottery Ticket!
        • Fantastic concept, but why all the unneeded white space? I'd get rid of it and make the entry larger this way.
        • I was concerned that the full version would look more like a poster then a lottery ticket, so I guess I over compensated and made it too small.

          Heres the larger version.....what do you think?

          [Edited by User on 1/24/2009 6:37:37 AM]
        • I think it's a great edit. Doesn't look like poster to me
  • Shuttle Rental

    Shuttle Rental
  • Hitman Lego Gun

    Hitman Lego Gun
  • Tattoo Artists Budget Cuts

    Tattoo Artists Budget Cuts
  • Budget Airline

    Budget Airline
  • Electric Girl

    Electric Girl
        • The Coup D’E tat of the United States Press

          Red 'X' Society·Wednesday, March 1, 2017

          by Tracy Mapes

          SACRAMENTO,California--In America, it has long been held that there is a sacred bond between the United States Government, and the People of the United States.

          That bond is the unbendable document called the Constitution of the United States, and, as I am about to embark, this bond has been broken by the Corruption of Our Central Bodies of Government, Executive, Legislature, Judiciary, Agency, and the Press.
          This means that while Americans have been kept busy with the non-essential, info-tainment of the Press, both Print and Broadcast, these bodies along with all key positions in the Government of the United States, have been subverted and replaced with loyalist Felons and Street Prostitutes as legitimate Journalists, Political Appointees, Judges, and even Entertainment Personnel.

          This means that along with the Silent Subversion of the 1st Amendment of Our Constitution, a facade of disinformation has cloaked the atrocity with unfounded fears of the necessity to increase the National Security risks assessed to convince the Citizens of the United States that loss of their personal freedoms, restriction on travel, and the production of “Fake News” in warranted to maintain the Secrecy of the Criminal Enterprise Our Government has become.

          I became aware of this situation in quite an unconventional manner.

          As I have described over the past 8 years, to United States Government agencies including the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Congress, the United States Senate, and News Media alike, without material response, I met over 150 Pimps, Prostitutes, and Individuals involved in criminal acts in the related to the before mentioned street crimes on the streets of Sacramento, California during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.

          Since my involvement with these persons over a 7 year period, 2 of the persons involved in narcotics use and prostitution have become Presidents of the United States of America.

          With the addition of a First Lady, a Supreme Court Justice, State Senator, City Mayor, and County District Attorney of Sacramento, there are nearly 150 persons that have been placed, appointed, hired, or infiltrated into the Newsrooms of America.
          One could look at this as a miracle of some great proportion, but in fact, the pattern sings of racketeering, espionage, and the criminal manipulation of All Avenues of Control and Command of the United States Government and the Media.

          And, after engaging in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America ...I find this UN-Acceptable!
          The Red ‘X’ Society was formed as an Idea, to redress this wrong, and hold those accountable for this Horrific Tragedy of United States Government Miss-Management, and urge All Americans to display the Red ‘X’ until this matter is resolved in accordance with the written word of the U.S. Constitution.

          Red 'X' Society
  • Bike Racing Budget Cuts

    Bike Racing Budget Cuts
  • Shuttle Budget Cuts

    Shuttle Budget Cuts
  • Credit Card Budget Cuts

    Credit Card Budget Cuts
  • Pencil Finger

    Pencil Finger
  • Dentistry Budget Cuts

    Dentistry Budget Cuts
  • Racing Budget Cuts

    Racing Budget Cuts
        • Car's reflection is not the same color and Tony look really short.
        • Good job here.
          I think Tony is on his knees
  • Money Recycling

    Money Recycling
  • Coal Ring

    Coal Ring
  • Row Submarine

    Row Submarine
        • what will Oxford's answer be to this Cambridge U-boat team?
          ps. the cox is real cool

          [Edited by User on 1/25/2009 11:49:37 AM]
        • A bit subtle on the first look. Very clever at the second!
  • NASA Budget Cuts

    NASA Budget Cuts
  • X-Box Budget Cuts

    X-Box Budget Cuts
  • Aviation Budget Cuts

    Aviation Budget Cuts
  • Tomb Stone Advert

    Tomb Stone Advert
  • US Color Coins

    US Color Coins
  • Avoid Prostitution

    Avoid Prostitution
  • Urine Fertilizers

    Urine Fertilizers
  • Child Labor

    Child Labor
  • McDonalds Saver Menu

    McDonalds Saver Menu
  • Etch-A-Sketch Photoshop

    Etch-A-Sketch Photoshop
  • Redneck Escalade

    Redneck Escalade
  • Paris Hilton Crying

    Paris Hilton Crying
        • I'm Sorry, I liked it, and I gave it a six, it's better then average.
  • Shuttle Firecracker

    Shuttle Firecracker
        • The job of fuse lighter pays $5 an hour. Apply to NASA. Pyro maniacs need not apply
  • Washington DC Fast Food

    Washington DC Fast Food
        • There will eventually be a sign on everything, good idea here
        • -
          Why does a chicken
          Cross the street?
          She sees a guy
          She'd like to meet
          He uses
          ................. o'Bama Shave

          [Edited by User on 1/25/2009 11:57:24 AM]

          [Edited by User on 1/25/2009 12:08:06 PM]
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Many people have suffered from the recent economic crisis. There are some valuable lessons to be learned from it. Particularly during crisis time, it is necessary to take up the issue to increase the business efficiency. In a good economic situation, a company may exist comfortably even during dull marketing and ineffective business processes by intuitive finance control. But when difficult times come and competition increases, these and other problems of controlling the system become critical for the activities of a company. And in reverse, a company with an effective controlling system survives a crisis with minimum budget cuts and losses. The experience of the previous big crisis in 1998 showed that forced budget cuts of business volumes may result in its sanitation, if it is implemented correctly. Non-compulsory expenses will be reduced, less effective business sectors will be closed, which results in the freeing of funds, which can be used for the main impact sector. In conditions of crisis, the loyalty of personnel increases, the necessity of reforms becomes clearer, which favors conducting of changes quickly, without unplanned staff losses and conflicts. After the crisis and after some time market growth will start, and the people who survived the budget cuts with minimum losses and the maximum advantages will reap its benefits. One good suggestion is: it is necessary to reduce and also increase as per plan. Many industrialists conduct cutbacks and budget cuts based on intuition and sober ideas. However the risk of such intuitive decisions especially in the conditions of crisis is very high, as mistakes may influence the survivability of the company. That's why it is necessary to simulate variants of the business reductions, predict the economic consequences and risks, and then plan carefully the selected variants of the budget cuts. This work is carried out in the following sequence. First of all, it is necessary to plot the economical model of the enterprise. For this purpose, it is better to use one of the business model programs which exist in the market. The company economics can be represented in an Excel spreadsheet, but the labor content of such work will be high, and the flexibility of the model – low. The economical model should permit calculations to forecast the budget of income and expenses, budget of funds flow and the balance and financial coefficients at different variants of cutbacks. Therefore, the model should have details of units of cutbacks, and the consequences of the budget cuts should be reflected at respective items of budget. For example, if staff cutbacks are proposed, the model should consider the change of those items in the budgets, which are changing during the cut down of each work place: * Unconditionally, salaries, taxes; * Possibly, rents, communications etc. Forecasting of the income part requires special care. From one side, forecasting in the conditions of crisis is thankless work. But on the other side, sharp cutbacks may strongly effect not only the reduction of expenditure (first of all, in the form of salary), but also income. This may not be obvious immediately, but further changing of the situation will not be so simple. If the modeling methodology of the expenditure part depends less on the type of product and the client market, then the forecasting of income will be done differently in each case. For example, for companies working in the industrial market, the most authentic forecasting will be based on the behavior of the biggest clients. The important modeling stage of the economics of the enterprise — this is the accounting of risks. A series of parameters of economic models have a probability nature. For example, this is related to volumes of realization and the selling price of the products. Each version of cutback is to be verified for sensitivity to the variation of these parameters. The following is possible: the variant, which is the most attractive under the condition of the execution of a realization plan, can be catastrophic in the case of the non-execution of a small part of the plan. In reverse, a conservative scenario, which does not promise great financial results, possesses good stability to the risk of the pessimistic growth of events. Modern business modeling programs allow the calculation of the stability of the economic model to such risks that involve budget cuts. In the result of the execution of jobs related to the enterprise economical modeling owners of the company get an instrument, which allows the calculation of forecasting financial results and the risks of each of the scenarios of the budget cuts on business volumes. As usual, the chief personnel should take the decisions. It is important, that it should be taken based on the objective data, and not intuition, which in a stress situation may fail.