2009-2010 NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL DEBATE TOPIC by dZfeOt

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									2009-2010 NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL DEBATE TOPIC

POVERTY

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase social
services for persons living in poverty in the United States.

Unfortunately, more than four decades after Michael Harrington identified those living in
poverty as “The Other America,” poverty is still an endemic problem in the United States.
In 2005, close to 13 percent of the total U.S. population - about 37 million people - were
counted as living below the poverty line, a number that essentially remained unchanged
from 2004. Of these, 12.3 million were children. Poverty is associated with many harmful
outcomes, including poor health, crime, educational difficulties and other social problems.
Poverty continues to plague our society despite over four decades of national effort and
trillions of dollars in federal spending to combat it. In a nation as wealthy as the United
States, such a high level of poverty is certainly appropriate for the examination and
reflection provided by a variety of debates on the topic. Affirmatives advocating this
topic will be able to defend a wide range of social services designed to both ameliorate
the harms of poverty and to reduce the number of people living in poverty. These services
would include expanding child care, health care, Food Stamps, housing assistance,
mental health care, educational assistance, early Head Start and job training, among
others. Negatives would be able debate against the harms of poverty, the ability of
various plans to solve the problems identified and many disadvantages, including
spending, politics, federalism and net widening. They would also be able to counterplan
many of the affirmative plans with the state counterplan. The negative would also have
several critical options, including objectivism, statism, dependency and even critiquing
the use of the term poverty.



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