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Should the U.S prioritize tax increase over spendings cuts?

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Started: 12/21/2012 Category: Economics
Updated: 5 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Contention 1: Improves Social Needs and Public Welfare
Tax increases will enable the government to ensure that services to citizens are available, and necessary expenditures on infrastructure are met without the need for excessive bond issuances.

According to the New York Times, there is a direct correlation between the amount of money provided to Congress for the national budget and the quality of living in the US. In a study conducted by the Bureau of Economic Statistics, in the past 7 years, the average standard of living has been determined through looking at adjusted income per person and the poverty rate. In the years with a higher annual budget, the standard of living has risen higher than in years with a lower annual budget. The Board of Economic Advisors concluded from this study that the national budget reflects directly upon the standard of living in our country.

The government on us imposes taxes so that they can benefit us. Taxes are imposed so that roads get fixed. They are imposed so that we get an education. They are imposed so that people don"t invade our country. They are imposed to protect our rights. What right do we have to say that the government shouldn"t impose taxes on us? If we don"t pay for government programs, that money comes from excessive bond issuances.
According to the Department of Labor and Infrastructure, the lack of funding in their departments have caused the pushing back of almost a decade"s worth of renovation and projects to the point where many projects may never be finished.

By raising taxes, we will be able to ensure that our nation is up to date and has all the necessary expenditures to develop, and we can lower the poverty rate and invest more heavily in programs that will help improve the living conditions and living quality of Americans today.

Increasing tax rates also mean new jobs. The tax rates were increased in 1990 and 1993. Capital gain rates were cut slightly in 1996. And, 21 million new jobs were created in the 90s. That is about a 20% increase in the number of jobs available in the United States. The infamous Bush tax cuts passed in 2001, and even before the Bush recession began, job growth lagged behind GDP growth. After the Bush recession, we had a net job growth of 0%. And, thanks to population growth, no new jobs means record high unemployment, according to the Tax Policy Center.

Contention 2: Can reduce debt
We are currently in a 16 trillion dollar debt that is rising at the rate of 6 billion dollars every single day, according to the Department of Treasury. That"s almost 4 million dollars every minute.
To put our current situation into perspective, judge, our national debt at present is greater than the combined economies of China, the United Kingdom, and Australia combined. Should the burden of this debt be spread to all Americans, each American family in the US would owe about 50,113.78 dollars to various countries in the world.

The biggest problem right now is that we don"t have enough money to pay for some of our major programs and we are getting sucked into a death trap.
For example, 41% of our taxes are spent on Social Security and Medicaid/Medicare benefits according to However, when we pay our taxes for social security, it does not go to a private bank account where it is set-aside just for us. It goes to paying for the current recipients of these benefits.

But the problem is that over our lifetime, Americans still deposit less than the average American will take out of this funding. Every single year, for every dollar put into Social Security, more and more is being taken out.
The Bureau of Economic Statistics released a report in 2009 stating that at the current tax rate, by the time our generation gets to retiring age, there may not be enough money to pay for our social security benefits, and this is just one program of many.


well I do agree that taxes increase revenues, infrastructures, services etc. But in the midst of the increasing taxes we are not able to see the increasing tax burden on the common man. He is not able to meet the both ends of his family the basic needs like education,food etc. I am strongly opposed to increasing taxes because USA is one of the developed countries of the burden and its literacy rates are greater than any other country. I do have ways by which the country can lesser tax burden and increase taxes. The government can merge small-scale industries to form a large-scale industry. The government can work in sectors where the government hasn't tried enough hence generating employment. It can make its children realise the importance of education. Generating more jobs will increase employment because this is the main objective. I am sure by this methods the country will meet its demands.
Debate Round No. 1


First of all you agree to my side. While you increase taxes on the poor they don't have the money. China is an undeveloped country and it has one of the best economics. So that means that China can not increase taxes. And i you increase taxes the rich can not pay for new companies in which that can create new jobs. You said that the kids could have school but when you have higher taxes the parents do not have enough money to afford the schools.How would you generate more job. Give me evidence and give me some ways to generate more jobs if you have higher tax increase in you understandings.


Now i can also say that you are taking my side because you only said that how can rich afford schools when they have to pay higher taxes. It is you only criticising the tax increase. Your one point is right that China is undeveloped country and has best economics but I want to say that a country only increases tax for a specific reason like droughts,wartimes etc and not for its own benefits. Like I mentioned above the government can invest in those sectors in which it hasn't tried enough thus generating jobs. Many jobs can be generated from babysitting to employees working in shops. Many people can do homeschooling if they cannot afford schools however the government always ensures that its citizens be educated. The people can open their own tutions, small shops etc and i guarrantee you that these will generate employments and benefit countries both developed and undeveloped.
Debate Round No. 2
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Posted by matthewasears 5 years ago
The government collects trillions of dollars a year in taxes. The problem is they still spend too much.
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