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thegreats
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clsmooth
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Domestic Infastructue

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 12/13/2007 Category: Politics
Updated: 9 years ago Status: Voting Period
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thegreats

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I am affirmative of having more and more quantitative domestic infrastructure check-ups paid for by the United States Federal Government. The Minneapolis bridge collapse killed 13, injured 60 and cost the government millions that they could have saved if these check-ups were being done. This also goes for the levies in New Orleans. The infastructure is crumbling and the government has to do something about it before, like in Minneapolis, New Orleans and many other places, it is too late.
clsmooth

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I agree with the need for improved public safety, but I do not think the government can properly provide it. It has a horrendous record -- as you've demonstrated above -- at doing so.

The government is in charge of these "domestic infrastructure checkups" now. We see how successful they have been. How often do you hear about a private establishment, such as a theme park, shopping mall, or stadium, having a big safety crisis? It is very rare, because in the event that a private establishment neglects to maintain its customers' safety, there are costs. Not only can injured parties and their families sue for damages, but future business is significantly hamstrung. Thus, private operators have a great incentive to keep people safe, while the government and its bureaucrats has no such incentive.

In fact, government bureaucrats actually have a disincentive! That's because many people think like you: That if there is a problem, more taxpayer money should be thrown at it. The government doesn't have to worry about a loss of business or lawsuits. The more crises there are, the more money it can squeeze from taxpayers.

Therefore, it is my contention that for public safety, as much public property as possible should be privatized in the most orderly fashion possible. And when I say "privatized" I do not mean a cozy business-government handout system as with Enron and Haliburton, etc. -- I mean the government should sell off its property to private businesses, who would then be fully responsible for maintenance and would face lawsuits and lost business if they failed to protect users' safety. The funds acquired through the sale of federal-government assets should be applied to retiring the national debt; the funds acquired through the sale of state assets should be refunded directly to the taxpayers that have subsidized the public property for all these years.

For the reasons stated, I believe this to not only be the most fiscally sound policy, but also the one that would promote the greatest level of public safety. Thank you!
Debate Round No. 1
thegreats

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thegreats forfeited this round.
clsmooth

Con

I have presented sound arguments for private ownership and control in order to improve public safety. These arguments are premised on the self-evident truth that private owners maximize the utility of their property -- i.e. profit seeking. Private owners would be subject to lawsuits and loss of business if they endangered the public. Government agencies, on the other hand, get more money and more authority whenever they fail, because their "failure" is always attributed to lack of adequate funding.

Increased "domestic infrastructure," funded and controlled by the government, would thereby -- according to my logic -- decrease public safety. It is my opponent's job to point out the fallacy of my logic wherever it exists. But unfortunately, my opponent appears to have left the debate. Hopefully he will re-emerge for Round 3.
Debate Round No. 2
thegreats

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thegreats forfeited this round.
clsmooth

Con

I guess my opponent gave up. Which is kind of odd, since it appears he has participated in other debates. Oh well!
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by thegreats 9 years ago
thegreats
Oh my god! I am so sorry. I got sick and came back to debate.org a few days later and totally forgot about this debate. I will challenge you later on this topic! You had a lot of good points. I'm sorry about that.
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