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Congress should approve an extension of the Trade Promotion Authority

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 6/6/2008 Category: Politics
Updated: 8 years ago Status: Voting Period
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astrosfan

Pro

First I would like thank my opponent for accepting this debate. Next for the people judging this round I'm going to refer to the Trade Promotion Authority as TPA. Now for all the people that don't know what TPA is, it allows for the president to bypass congress in the creation of trade agreements. http://en.wikipedia.org...(trade) and last but not least I ask all the judges to vote on the information presented in this round not any outside influence.

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Observation 1: Inherency
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In the status quo TPA will not pass

1. No Congressional momentum
Wall Street Journal, Greg Hitt, 06/18/07, "Bush's Shrinking Global Trade Agenda"
http://online.wsj.com...

Bush's trade agenda appears to be shrinking Bigger, more complex agreements -- notably the Doha Round are about to become significantly more difficult for the White House to advance. That is because Mr. Bush's special authority for negotiating major trade deals expires at the end of this month, with no prospect in sight that Congress will renew it any time soon. there's no impetus in Congress to renew it.
"Frankly, there's not a lot of momentum right now," His panel is the starting point for action in the Senate on so-called fast-track negotiating authority,

2. Poor presidential and congressional ratings make pushing for TPA more politically risky –
Democrats don't want to give Bush a win
Delta Farm Press, Staff Writer, 05/25/07, "Trade promotion authority may be hard sell"
http://deltafarmpress.com...

A recent poll showed Bush's public approval rating at an all-time low 28 percent Congress, which fared even worse — All of this, and an increasingly impatient public that is more frequently applying the "do nothing" label from the last Congress to the current crew, only increases nervousness about the 2008 elections.. Which doesn't make for a terribly hospitable arena for the president and his minions to try and curry support for renewal of trade promotion authority (TPA), previously known as "fast track authority." TPA allows the president to negotiate international trade deals that Congress can only approve or reject, but not modify. Mr. Bush was granted the current TPA by Congress in 2002, but only after a protracted wrangle — and then by just one vote. If it was that tough when his own party had control of both houses, it will be interesting to see if he can corral enough support to win a new TPA.

Observation 2: harms

TPA extension for Doha talks is necessary to prevent the collapse of the WTO
Philip I. Levy, resident scholar @ AEI, 6/20/06, http://www.aei.org...
The round is not near completion, expiration of U.S. negotiating authority has played a critical role. A straightforward renewal of TPA for WTO negotiations would permit discussions in the Doha talks to continue.. A lapse in negotiating authority would virtually guarantee that no real progress is made until 2009. The failure of a global trade round is uncharted territory. it would shake countries' confidence in the WTO's. The alternative to progress on Doha; could be a major step backwards. With WTO negotiations stymied, U.S. trade strategy has turned to the pursuit of free trade agreements (FTAs) on a bilateral or regional basis. From an economic standpoint, FTAs are distinctly inferior to global liberalization. There is the risk that orders will go not to the cheapest producer but rather to the producer with the greatest tariff preference.

WTO collapse results in global protectionism
Zarocostas, 2006
[John. "Global trade negotiations at a crossroads, and at a standstill," IHT, 12/13
http://www.iht.com...]
The international trade system is heading for turbulent times unless negotiators from developing and industrial nations can reach an agreement. A new wave of bilateral agreements would threaten to undermine the WTO's authority. And the absence of a global trade agreement poses other risks. It may escalate trade tensions that are already on the rise among large economies, including China, the United States and the European Union. Trade experts also warn of a possible rise in protectionism as both rich and emerging nations seek to pry open markets in the absence of a global framework. That would also lead to an increase in litigation over market access. "This is one of the most dangerous moments that I recall," said Peter Sutherland, chairman of BP and of Goldman Sachs International.

The impact is nuclear war
Extinction
BEARDEN – Retired from the U.S. Army, Director of the Association of Distinguished American Scientists and Fellow Emeritus at the Alpha Foundation's Institute for Advanced Study – 6-24-2000 (T.E. Bearden, "The Unnecessary Energy Crisis: How to Solve it Quickly," http://www.seaspower.com...) International Strategic Threat Aspects
History bears out that desperate nations take desperate actions. Prior to the final economic collapse, the stress on nations will have increased the intensity and number of their conflicts, to the point where the arsenals of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) now possessed by some 25 nations, are almost certain to be released. As an example, suppose a starving North Korea {[7]} launches nuclear weapons upon Japan and South Korea, including U.S. forces there, in a spasmodic suicidal response. Or suppose a desperate China — whose long-range nuclear missiles (some) can reach the United States — attacks Taiwan. In addition to immediate responses, the mutual treaties involved in such scenarios will quickly draw other nations into the conflict, escalating it significantly. Strategic nuclear studies have shown for decades that, under such extreme stress conditions, once a few nukes are launched, adversaries and potential adversaries are then compelled to launch on perception of preparations by one's adversary. The real legacy of the MAD concept is this side of the MAD coin that is almost never discussed. Without effective defense, the only chance a nation has to survive at all is to launch immediate full-bore pre-emptive strikes and try to take out its perceived foes as rapidly and massively as possible. As the studies showed, rapid escalation to full WMD exchange occurs. Today, a great percent of the WMD arsenals that will be unleashed, are already on site within the United States itself {[8]}. The resulting great Armageddon will destroy civilization as we know it, and perhaps most of the biosphere, at least for many decades.

Observation 3: solvency

1. US Global free trade leadership
Roholt, June 18 2007
[Kimberly. "Backers of Trade Authority for Bush Face Looming Deadline" 2k7, Pg. l/n] http://www.thailandwto.org...

The US risks losing its seat at the bilateral negotiating table. experts see the loss of "fast track" a setback for U.S. business.. "The U.S. Congress can join in the effort to negotiate free trade agreements,", "or it can sit on the sidelines while our trading partners move ahead." TPA has allowed is the United States to really and truly be the leader in the international negotiations that have provided greater economic opportunities." If trade promotion authority is not granted then, "You are withdrawing the United States from having a seat at the table, not a seat just at the table but at the head of the table,". Having the ability to get a trade agreement enacted without second guessing from Congress -- can really make a difference in advancing our broader interests and the world is not going to stop.
mynameisjonas

Con

I'd like to start off this argument by saying I have not been professionally trained in the knowledge of whatever the hell you are talking about.

That said, I will support my opening argument with a peaceful rendition from Johann Sebastian Bach:

http://youtube.com...

Now that we've got that under our belts, I will close my opening argument; Adidas. Penis. Do you not see the relationship? This shoe company is corrupting the minds of young children! What'll happen next? Nike releasing a product line of sports clothing and shoes with a sexually suggestive slogan?

All in all, Congress not should approve an extension of the Trade Promotion Authority.
Debate Round No. 1
astrosfan

Pro

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mynameisjonas

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Debate Round No. 2
astrosfan

Pro

astrosfan forfeited this round.
mynameisjonas

Con

My opponent has forefeited his middle and closing arguments. I have only forfeited my middle. Thus, I should and shall win the debate, on the position that Congress should MOST CERTAINLY ABSOLUTIVELY NOT approve an extension of the Trade Promotion Authority.

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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Pluto2493 8 years ago
Pluto2493
Because no one knows what this is nor does anyone want to read that wiki.
Posted by astrosfan 8 years ago
astrosfan
why dose no one want to debate me
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