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-*'''<big>[[Debate: Does Obama deserve a second term?]]</big> - October 10th, 2011.''' +*'''<big>[[Debate: Occupy protests]]</big>'''
'''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]:[[Image:Occupy Wall Street.jpg|right|180px]]"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."
-*'''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.[[Image:Occupy Protest 2.jpg|right|180px]] 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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*'''[[Debate: Release of Osama bin Laden death photos| Release of Osama bin Laden death photos]]''' - May 6th, 2011. *'''[[Debate: Release of Osama bin Laden death photos| Release of Osama bin Laden death photos]]''' - May 6th, 2011.
*'''[[Debate: Osama Bin Laden Sea Burial| Osama Bin Laden Sea Burial]]''' - May 3rd, 2011. *'''[[Debate: Osama Bin Laden Sea Burial| Osama Bin Laden Sea Burial]]''' - May 3rd, 2011.
-*'''[[Debate: Return of Israel to pre-1967 borders| Return of Israel to pre-1967 borders]]''' - April 30th, 2011. 
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-*'''[[Climate change and clean energy portal]]''' Probably one of Debatepedia's best resources, this portal is always a timely resource.+*'''[[Climate change and clean energy portal]]''' Probably one of Debatepedia's best resources, this portal is always timely.
-*'''[[Debate: Constitutionality of US health insurance mandates]]''' The Obama Administration and others are pushing for a final ruling from the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act's mandate that Americans [with some exceptions] buy private health insurance.+*'''[[Debate: Constitutionality of US health insurance mandates]]''' The Obama Administration and others are pushing for a final ruling from the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act's mandate that Americans [with some exceptions] buy private health insurance.[[Image:Newstand.jpg|right|200px]]
*'''[[Debate: UN recognition of Palestinian statehood]]''' is front and center in international news, as the Palestinian Authority pursues a high-profile UN vote in favor of statehood. A majority of UN member states appear to support their push. Yet, the US has promised to veto the move in the Security Council in support of its ally Israel. *'''[[Debate: UN recognition of Palestinian statehood]]''' is front and center in international news, as the Palestinian Authority pursues a high-profile UN vote in favor of statehood. A majority of UN member states appear to support their push. Yet, the US has promised to veto the move in the Security Council in support of its ally Israel.
-*'''[[Debate: American Jobs Act]]''' US President Obama submitted the American Jobs Act to Congress at a critical time in the nation's economic history. Debatepedia looks at the bill and the arguments from its supporters and detractors. [[Image:Newstand.jpg|right|200px]] +*'''[[Debate: American Jobs Act]]''' US President Obama submitted the American Jobs Act to Congress at a critical time in the nation's economic history. Debatepedia looks at the bill and the arguments from its supporters and detractors.
-*'''[[Debate: Women in combat]]''' [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-15074246 "Australia lifts ban on women in military combat roles." BBC. September 27th, 2011]+
-*'''[[Debate: Does Obama deserve a second term?]]''' An unfinished article outlining the ongoing debate about Obama's merits in the 2012 election.+
-*'''[[Debate: US sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan]]''' [http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20110912-713063.html "WSJ: Senators: Selling F-16s To Taiwan Would Provide Jobs." Wall Street Journal. September 12th, 2011]+
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-*'''[[Argument: Obama respects gun rights, but seeks background checks| Obama respects gun rights, but seeks background checks]]''' [http://azstarnet.com/article_011e7118-8951-5206-a878-39bfbc9dc89d.html President Obama: "We must seek agreement on gun reforms." Arizona Daily Star. March 13th, 2011]:[[Image:Person typing.gif|right|190px]] "A man our Army rejected as unfit for service; a man one of our colleges deemed too unstable for studies; a man apparently bent on violence, was able to walk into a store and buy a gun. [...] I'm willing to bet that responsible, law-abiding gun owners agree that we should be able to keep an irresponsible, law-breaking few - dangerous criminals and fugitives, for example - from getting their hands on a gun in the first place. [...] First, we should begin by enforcing laws that are already on the books. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System is the filter that's supposed to stop the wrong people from getting their hands on a gun. [...] Second, we should in fact reward the states that provide the best data - and therefore do the most to protect our citizens. Third, we should make the system faster and nimbler. We should provide an instant, accurate, comprehensive and consistent system for background checks to sellers who want to do the right thing, and make sure that criminals can't escape it."+*'''[[Debate: The New Deal| New Deal]] created historic public works and infrastructure.''' [http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/history_lesson/2011/10/new_deal_accomplishments_do_conservatives_who_attack_the_new_dea.html Michael Hiltzik. "What the new deal accomplished." Slate. Oct 13th, 2011]:[[Image:Person typing.gif|right|190px]] "The New Deal physically reshaped the country. To this day, Americans still rely on its works for transportation, electricity, flood control, housing, and community amenities. The output of one agency alone, the Works Progress Administration, represents a magnificent bequest to later generations. The WPA produced, among many other projects, 1,000 miles of new and rebuilt airport runways, 651,000 miles of highway, 124,000 bridges, 8,000 parks, and 18,000 playgrounds and athletic fields; some 84,000 miles of drainage pipes, 69,000 highway light standards, and 125,000 public buildings built, rebuilt, or expanded. Among the latter were 41,300 schools. The transformative power of this effort is inestimable."
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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."
  • 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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  • New Deal created historic public works and infrastructure. Michael Hiltzik. "What the new deal accomplished." Slate. Oct 13th, 2011:
    "The New Deal physically reshaped the country. To this day, Americans still rely on its works for transportation, electricity, flood control, housing, and community amenities. The output of one agency alone, the Works Progress Administration, represents a magnificent bequest to later generations. The WPA produced, among many other projects, 1,000 miles of new and rebuilt airport runways, 651,000 miles of highway, 124,000 bridges, 8,000 parks, and 18,000 playgrounds and athletic fields; some 84,000 miles of drainage pipes, 69,000 highway light standards, and 125,000 public buildings built, rebuilt, or expanded. Among the latter were 41,300 schools. The transformative power of this effort is inestimable."

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