Redistribution of Wealth

sconifer
Contra

Focusing first on your claim that the redistribution of wealth (or, more generally, resources) would somehow inherently destroy all incentive to work on the part of those from whom resources were taken, this is just patently untrue. It is a well-known historical fact of economics that, even when corporations are taxed at supposedly exorbitant rates (e.g., about 90% under FDR), American industry nevertheless thrives, CEOs still make out like bandits, the populace as a whole is no less likely to p...

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The U.S. ought to Privatize Amtrak

Contra
AdamKG

R1: Definitions and AcceptanceR2: Arguments and RebuttalsR3: Rebuttals and Conclusions*No semantics*No original arguments last round*No forfeiting-----A violation of any of these three rules is an automatic forfeiture of all points.Amtrak Subsidies: Amtrak is a railroad corporation which receives approximately $1.5 billion in federal subsidies every...

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Updated 2 Months Ago

Congressional Health Care for Seniors Act

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dairygirl4u2c

-----Structure-----R1: Acceptance and DefinitionsR2: Arguments/ RebuttalsR3: Rebuttals/ Conclusions*No semantics*Forfeiture = lose all pointsCongressional Health Care for Seniors Act:Medicare as is is replaced. All senior citizens will have their choice of a private health insurance plan on the Federal Employee Health Benefits Plan (FE...

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Updated 4 Months Ago

Liberty > Security

Contra
LaughingHyena

R1: Introduction and FrameworkR2: Arguments and RebuttalsR3: Rebuttals and Closing Statements This debate will be over the premise faced by Hobbes and Locke several centuries ago. Should the national government protect our security first and ensure our liberty second, or the converse? No semantics or forfeited rounds.I await my challenger... ...

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Updated 9 Months Ago

America should Legalize Drugs

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debatelala

R1: Definitions and AcceptanceR2: Primary ArgumentsR3: Arguments and RebuttalsR4: Rebuttals and Closing Statements----------Definitions----------Drug: A chemical substance which, when introduced to the body, produces a degree of physiological effects.Legalize: To make something permissible by law, without...

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Updated 10 Months Ago

Top Tax Rate should be the Tax Optimizing Rate

meitme
Contra

The idea is that the top payroll tax for people should esentialy be targeted at the tax optimizing rate. We are going to need many more tax brackets to achieve this system. For this debate this will mean the government will attempt to estimate the tax optimizing tax rate for income above 1 billion dollars. Then all income above 1 billion dollars will be taxed at that rate. Tax rates will then be phased down below that level.Format:Round 1: Definitions and Acceptance<...

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Updated 1 Year Ago

Austerity is a poor way to help an economy.

voxprojectus
Contra

Austerity, the practice of attempting to limit government spending in order to reign in debt, is a strategy pursued by many countries in the midst of recession. It is Pro's contention that while these policies may seem wise in the short term, they have a demonstrably poor track record at actually helping an economy to recover overall. First round is for acceptance....

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Updated 1 Year Ago

increasing taxes, as a practical matter, is necessary for the financial well being of the USA

dairygirl4u2c
Contra

increasing taxes, as a practical matter, is necessary for the financial well being of the USA,,, aside from utilizing government health care to save money. where are the cuts going to come from to balance the budget, if there are no tax increases? background, we have a seventeen trillion dollar debt, and a deficit that fluctuates up to a trillion a year. everyone worth their salt as an expert says we need to do something about the deficit. about ten percent of the budget is spent on t...

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Updated 1 Year Ago

The continuation of current U.S. anti-drug policies in Latin America will do more harm than good.

vmpire321
Contra

This is for Penn's tournament. Resolved: The continuation of current U.S. anti-drug policies in Latin America will do more harm than good.To clarify: I am supporting the policies, Contra is attacking them.Due to laziness and the fact that rules aren't really neccessary, I think we can just start the debate. Good luck to both of us; first round is acceptance. ...

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Updated 1 Year Ago

National Healthcare

dovakiin4thera
Contra

With America’s infant mortality rate at 50th in the world, most of the countries we’re behind have universal health care. Instead of progressing with the rest of the world, we let corporations profit on our sick and weak, at the expense of our economy. The economy has the potential to go far up if healthcare was put into government hands due to companies having to spend less on employee benefits. Becau...

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