United States Policy Debate

History and Debate of United States Policy

The United States is a nation located on the North American continent to the south of Canada and the north of Mexico. This nation is a federal constitutional republic comprised of forty-eight contiguous states as well as Alaska and Hawaii, which are located separately from the mainland. The capital of the United States is Washington, D.C., a private district located between the states of Maryland and Virginia. New York City is the nation's largest city and is located on the Atlantic Coast.

The United States has no official language at the federal level, but the national language is English. At 3.79 million square miles and with a population of 308 million, the U.S. is the third largest nation in terms of both population and land area. The current President is Barack Obama and the Vice President is Joe Biden. John Boehner is serving as the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the current Chief Justice is John Roberts.

The United States was declared an independent nation on July 4, 1776 and has since evolved into one of the most diverse nations in the world. This is the result of a large-scale immigration from many different nations. The county now accounts for over 40 percent of worldwide military spending and is a leading force in the world economy, world politics and culture.

US Policy Debates

In recent years, United States policy debates have centered largely on the country’s foreign policies. The United States has a close relationship with the United Kingdom and Canada and often allies itself with these nations when it comes to foreign affairs. Many critics see this as dangerous and a sign of possible trouble down the road.

The United States spent over 600 billion dollars on military funding alone in 2008. This was larger than the combination of military funds from the other fourteen largest nations combined. Many Americans are opposed to the size of the military in the United States, as well as its heavy involvement in the nations of Iraq and Afghanistan through the Iraq War and War on Terror. Critics of the United States' foreign policy also cite the nation's dependency on foreign oil from these nations as a downfall.

The United States' economy is mainly capitalist with some government regulation of trade. The U.S. is the largest importer of foreign goods and also the third largest exporter. Critics often see the increase of imports in a negative light as it can be a sign of dependency. Others see this as an indication of a global market and praise the nation for its efforts to erase the borders of international trade.

Critics of the United States are also often concerned with poverty levels and the abuse of welfare or government assistance. About 11 percent of Americans live below the poverty line, and, in fact, the U.S. welfare state is one of the least extensive in the world. The system is more costly than that of most other nations, but ranks very well when it comes to reducing poverty rates among the elderly. There is still a gender gap in earnings in America, but progress is being made to dispel this.

The United States is a nation that was founded on the basis of economic and personal freedom. Some disagree that the government still maintains these ideals today, but others praise the nation for its ability to survive amidst criticism and hardship.

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