My take on the Stoa Spring Vote 2015 – Part 4 – TP resolutions

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So, the Stoa 2015 Spring Vote items are out, and you’re wondering what you should vote for. Here is a brief analysis of each item on the ballot this May. We last looked at the four proposed LD resolutions. Let’s now briefly go over the three proposed TP resolutions.

I am not a team policy debater, so I’m only going to compile the sentiments I’ve heard expressed in social media, etc.

Team Policy Debate Resolutions – Stoa Speech and Debate

Dear Team Policy Debaters, 1. The United States federal government should substantially increase its engagement toward the People’s Republic of China. 2. Resolved: That the United States federal government should substantially change its policy toward one or more private or federal retirement programs in the United States.

Resolution 1 – Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its engagement toward the People’s Republic of China

This resolution is pretty cool. It allows for a lot of diversity, while keeping the subject matter limited. In fact, the only reason I prefer Res 3 is because most clubs are leaning that way, and nobody wants Res 2 because the vote was split.

Resolution 2 – Resolved: That the United States federal government should substantially change its policy toward one or more private or federal retirement programs in the United States

BOOORING…. Just about every single policy debater has expressed hate for this resolution. There are a couple weird ones, but on the whole, Stoa hates this resolution. And for good reason. The math, legal research, and boredom inherent in the subject matter of this resolution is a real deterrent.

Resolution 3 – The United States federal government should substantially reform its trade policy with one or more of the following nations: China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan

This resolution is perfect for a year of diverse and interesting exploration of U.S. relations with the Far East. I personally would have loved to include North Korea, perhaps in place of South Korea, but anyhow, everyone else seems to love it too.

Summary

I would most likely vote for Resolution 3.

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