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Libertarians are the Sh*t!!!

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Started: 12/21/2007 Category: Politics
Updated: 9 years ago Status: Voting Period
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policydebategod

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CRIME
Step 1. Protect Victims' Rights
In addition, Libertarians would do more than just punish criminals. We would also make them pay restitution to their victims for the damage they've caused, including property loss, medical costs, pain, and suffering. If you are the victim of a crime, the criminal should fully compensate you for your loss.
Step 2. End Prohibition
Just as alcohol prohibition gave us Al Capone and the mafia, drug prohibition has given us the Crips, the Bloods and drive-by shootings. Consider the historical evidence: America's murder rate rose nearly 70% during alcohol prohibition, but returned to its previous levels after prohibition ended. Now, since the War on Drugs began, America's murder rates have doubled. What's more, drug prohibition also inflates the cost of drugs, leading users to steal to support their high priced habits. It is estimated that drug addicts commit 25% of all auto thefts, 40% of robberies and assaults, and 50% of burglaries and larcenies. Prohibition puts your property at risk. Finally, nearly one half of all police resources are devoted to stopping drug trafficking, instead of preventing violent crime. The bottom line? By ending drug prohibition Libertarians would double the resources available for crime prevention, and significantly reduce the number of violent criminals at work in your neighborhood.
Step 3. Get Tough on Real Crime
We believe that anyone who harms another person should be held responsible for that action. By contrast, the Democrats and Republicans have created a system where criminals can get away with almost anything. For instance: sentences seldom mean what they say. Fewer than one out of every four violent felons serves more than four years. Libertarians would dramatically reduce the number of these early releases by eliminating their root cause - prison over-crowding. Since nearly six out of every ten federal prison inmates are there for non-violent drug-related offenses, it's clear that drug prohibition is the primary source of this over-crowding. It has been estimated that every drug offender imprisoned results in the release of one violent criminal, who then commits an average of 40 robberies, 7 assaults, 110 burglaries and 25 auto thefts. Early release of violent criminals puts you and your family at risk. It must stop.
Step 4. Protect the Right to Self-Defense
We believe that the private ownership of firearms is part of the solution to America's crime epidemic, not part of the problem. Evidence: law-abiding citizens in Florida have been able to carry concealed weapons since 1987. During that time, the murder rate in Florida has declined 21% while the national murder rate has increased 12%.
Step 5. Address the Root Causes of Crime
Any society that lets kids grow up dependent on government welfare, attending government schools that fail to teach, and entering an economy where government policy has crushed opportunity, will be a society that breeds criminals. The Libertarian Party would increase employment opportunities by slashing taxes and government red tape. We would also end the welfare system with its culture of dependence and hopelessness. Most important of all, we would promote low-cost private alternatives to the failed government school system.
FREE SPEECH
Libertarians oppose any abridgment of the freedom of speech through government censorship, regulation or control of communications media, including, but not limited to, laws concerning:
Obscenity, ... and getting rid of that d*mned FCC
HEALTH CARE
Establish Medical Saving Accounts.
Under this program, you could deposit tax-free money into a Medical Savings Account (MSA). Whenever you need the money to pay medical bills, you will be able to withdraw it. For individuals without an MSA, the Libertarian Party will work to make all healthcare expenditures 100 percent tax deductible.
2. Deregulate the healthcare industry.
We should repeal all government policies that increase health costs and decrease the availability of medical services.
1. End Welfare
We should eliminate the entire social welfare system. This includes eliminating AFDC, food stamps, subsidized housing, and all the rest.
3. Tear down barriers to entrepreneurism and economic growth
Someone starting a business today needs a battery of lawyers just to comply with the myriad of government regulations from a virtual alphabet soup of government agencies: OSHA, EPA, FTC, CPSC, etc.
. Reform education
There can be no serious attempt to solve the problem of poverty in America without addressing our failed government-run school system. America's schools are becoming increasingly segregated, not on the basis of race, but on income. Only a free market in education will provide the improvement in education necessary to enable millions of Americans to escape poverty.
Just Defend Our Rights
Libertarians believe that if government's role were limited to protecting our lives, rights and property, then America would prosper and thrive as never before.
How Can We Cut Taxes?
Instead of tending to the basics, government has grown into a bloated conglomerate of political services that gets larger every year -- with no end in sight.
Privatize And Cut Taxes
All over the world, governments are busy selling airlines, power plants, housing, and factories to private owners. Where inefficient government bureaucrats lost money and squandered tax dollars, hard-working private owners now make profits and create new jobs. Why can't we do the same thing in America?
Defend America: Cut Taxes
Military expenses are over $250 billion a year! A large percentage of this is spent overseas to defend wealthy countries like Germany and Japan -- who then wallop us in international trade. Let's take them off military welfare. We can defend America better and save at least $100 billion a year in taxes.
Stop Bailing Out Industry
No one has the right to cover his losses at taxpayer expense -- and yet wealthy corporations demand exactly that. The federal government has bailed out railroads, banks, and other corporations with your tax dollars. This must stop!
Replace Welfare: Cut Taxes
The bulk of your welfare tax dollars goes to pay the handsome salaries of well-educated welfare workers. The poor get little from government welfare except meager handouts and a cycle of despair. Let's get government out of the charity business. Private charities and groups do a better and more efficient job of helping the truly needy get back on their feet.
Why An Income Tax?
Before 1913, federal income taxes were rare and short-lived. America became the most prosperous nation on earth. The U.S. Government did not try to police the world or play "nanny" to everyone from cradle to grave. People took responsibility for themselves, their families, and their communities. That is how the founders of America thought it should be. And it worked. It can again!
It's Time For Action
Republican and Democratic politicians have refused to reduce the size or cost of government.
Libertarians are also pro gay rights and abortion.
momowagon

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I agree with most of the libertarian agenda, but one step of the platform has always turned me away.

Step 2: End Prohibition.

The Legalization of Drugs would not solve nearly as many problems as it would create. During Prohibition, Al Capone killed what, maybe 100 people? How many alcohol related deaths occur in the US every hour? Way more. Thieves steal because they are thieves, not because they are addicted to drugs. Mostly one criminal behavior leads to others. How do you think the crime rate will go when drugs are readily available and cheap for any kid to get addicted. Domestic violence, theft, and murder will all increase. The government resources spent to stop the tide of illegal drugs is holding back what would envelop and destroy this country if allowed to spread unfettered. Alcoholism and its effects cost this country more lives and more money than an enforcement ban would ever have. Let's not throw gas on the fire by legalizing more addictive and potent substances. Libertarians are (almost) the Sh*t.
Debate Round No. 1
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Posted by Chuckles 9 years ago
Chuckles
that's true...still. and that's only in Policy...blegh.
Posted by policydebategod 9 years ago
policydebategod
- Yes. The arguments are used from lp.org's platform. What better place than there?
- Debate topics dont just die after being debated once. Different people have different points of view. In actual debate we debate the same topic for a whole year.
Posted by Toored 9 years ago
Toored
Libertarians are okay :( That is all I have to say. Wow, that rhymes! It is great how I still have a sense of child like wonder when it comes to things like that.
Posted by Chuckles 9 years ago
Chuckles
why are you challenging someone to a second debate about the same topic?
Posted by governments_kill 9 years ago
governments_kill
This is a really complicated topic to debate because it feels like a really overcrowded 1NC. If you want to debate the merits of the libertarian party, challenge me on the economic issues, as I agree with virtually all their social stances. I would be glad to have a debate with you on the merits of the economic positions of the Libertarian party.
Posted by topher 9 years ago
topher
Is this just copy and pasted from the Libertarian website?
Posted by kels1123 9 years ago
kels1123
Just wanted to say why I declined your debate you challenged me too , Although I don't agree that minimum wage should be abolished , I just don't feel strongly enough either way to debate the subject :)
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