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-*'''<big>[[Debate: Does Obama deserve a second term?]]</big> - October 10th, 2011.''' +*'''<big>[[Debate: Occupy protests]]</big> - October 27th, 2011.'''
'''Featured pro and con arguments from this article:''' '''Featured pro and con arguments from this article:'''
-*'''PRO: Obama did best possible to solve crisis with limited info/time.''' [http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1011/64904_Page2.html Steven Rattner. "Ron Suskind’s inaccurate revisionism." Politico. October 1, 2011]:[[Image:Obama in White House.jpg|right|200px]] "amid all the titillating tidbits, let’s not forget the important substantive point: This new president was confronted with a set of economic challenges greater than any in more than 75 years. If he had known then everything that we know now about how the economic recovery would unfold, would he have made all the same decisions? Almost certainly not. But I firmly believe that dealing with the facts as they were known– not to mention the impossible politics of Congress – he got an exceptionally high percentage of the decisions right."[http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1011/64904_Page2.html#ixzz1ZlJxrWyo]+*'''PRO: [[Argument: Occupy protesters have common message to right capitalism| Occupy protesters have common message to right capitalism]]''' [http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2011/10/occupy-protests "Cross continents." The Economist. Oct 17th 2011]: "they do share a common demand: someone, somewhere, should do something to right the problems of global capitalism as currently constituted. One reason why these protests are so interesting is that their targets, those cheerleaders for globalisation, capitalism and free markets, tend to agree that the system needs fixing. This makes the 'occupy' protests, as they have come to be known in the English-speaking world, hard to argue against."
 +:'''Protests are forcing recognition of income inequality.''' One of the primary concerns of the protesters is the growth of income inequality since the 1970s. Many politicians such as Eric Cantor, who hasn't focused much on the issue in the past, felt compelled to recognize the problem in a statement in October. This just emphasizes the point that the protesters are driving messaging and considerations within Congress, which is ultimately what will set the agenda and possible induce action."
-*'''CON: Obama has failed to grow the economy.''' [http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304657804576401653113017130.html Karl Rover. "Why Obama Is Likely to Lose in 2012." Wall Street Journal. June 22nd, 2011]: "Unemployment is at 9.1%, with almost 14 million Americans out of work. Nearly half the jobless have been without work for more than six months. Mr. Obama promised much better, declaring that his February 2009 stimulus would cause unemployment to peak at 8% by the end of summer 2009 and drop to roughly 6.8% today.[[Image:Obama speech before congress.jpg|right|200px]] After boasting in June 2010 that "Our economy . . . is now growing at a good clip," he laughingly admitted last week, "Shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected." The humor will be lost on most. In Wednesday's Bloomberg poll, Americans believe they are worse off than when Mr. Obama took office by a 44% to 34% margin. The last president re-elected with unemployment over 7.2% was FDR in 1936. Ronald Reagan overcame 7.2% unemployment because the rate was dropping dramatically (it had been over 10%) as the economy grew very rapidly in 1983 and 1984. Today, in contrast, the Federal Reserve says growth will be less than 3% this year and less than 3.8% next year, with unemployment between 7.8% and 8.2% by Election Day."+*'''CON: Occupy protests lack common/coherent message.''' [http://www.studlife.com/forum/staff-editorials/2011/10/17/occupy-protests-need-to-focus-on-coherent-demands/ "Occupy protests need to focus on coherent demands." Student Life Staff Editorial. October 17th, 2011]: "The protests have been linked and compared to the tea party movement, due to their similar grassroots nature and extreme ideological stances. However, the tea party does have a centralized message, which the “Occupy” protests lack. The tea party is about reducing taxes and cutting spending to make government smaller. Regardless of whether or not you agree with the tea party’s stances, it is possible to know what the entire group and all of its smaller subsidiaries are about. We believe the “Occupy” protests need to do the same thing. Define and convey their message correctly, and stick to reasonable demands that resonate with the rest of the American public. Most of the country has been seriously hurt by the financial crisis, and most of the American public wants to focus on creating a more equal and fair country. There is a lot of room for the “Occupy” protests to grow, but without a consistent message, most Americans will be turned off."
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- +*'''[[Debate: Does Obama deserve a second term?| Does Obama deserve a second term?]]''' - October 10th, 2011.
*'''[[Debate: UN recognition of Palestinian statehood| UN recognition of Palestinian statehood]]''' - September 26th, 2011. *'''[[Debate: UN recognition of Palestinian statehood| UN recognition of Palestinian statehood]]''' - September 26th, 2011.
*'''[[Debate: American Jobs Act| American Jobs Act]]''' - September 17th, 2011. *'''[[Debate: American Jobs Act| American Jobs Act]]''' - September 17th, 2011.

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  • PRO: Occupy protesters have common message to right capitalism "Cross continents." The Economist. Oct 17th 2011: "they do share a common demand: someone, somewhere, should do something to right the problems of global capitalism as currently constituted. One reason why these protests are so interesting is that their targets, those cheerleaders for globalisation, capitalism and free markets, tend to agree that the system needs fixing. This makes the 'occupy' protests, as they have come to be known in the English-speaking world, hard to argue against."
Protests are forcing recognition of income inequality. One of the primary concerns of the protesters is the growth of income inequality since the 1970s. Many politicians such as Eric Cantor, who hasn't focused much on the issue in the past, felt compelled to recognize the problem in a statement in October. This just emphasizes the point that the protesters are driving messaging and considerations within Congress, which is ultimately what will set the agenda and possible induce action."
  • CON: Occupy protests lack common/coherent message. "Occupy protests need to focus on coherent demands." Student Life Staff Editorial. October 17th, 2011: "The protests have been linked and compared to the tea party movement, due to their similar grassroots nature and extreme ideological stances. However, the tea party does have a centralized message, which the “Occupy” protests lack. The tea party is about reducing taxes and cutting spending to make government smaller. Regardless of whether or not you agree with the tea party’s stances, it is possible to know what the entire group and all of its smaller subsidiaries are about. We believe the “Occupy” protests need to do the same thing. Define and convey their message correctly, and stick to reasonable demands that resonate with the rest of the American public. Most of the country has been seriously hurt by the financial crisis, and most of the American public wants to focus on creating a more equal and fair country. There is a lot of room for the “Occupy” protests to grow, but without a consistent message, most Americans will be turned off."
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