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Debt Ceiling Politics Disad

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My name is Sara Kirsch and I am currently the director of debate at Traverse City Central High School. I was nationally competitive in high school, where I received 6 bids to the Tournament of Champions. In college, I debated briefly at Emory and then Michigan State University. I have coached at Wylie E. Groves, Brother Rice, Lexington, and now Traverse City Central High School. I have also instructed at the SDI and MNDI.

 

I chose the Debt Ceiling for a number of reasons.

 

First, the impacts are very strong. Failure to raise the debt ceiling would effect every single sector of the economy. You don't have to read generic "US key to Econ" cards to access the global economy, there are pretty good cards that hitting the debt ceiling would effect the global economy. Also, it messes up a lot of affirmatives on this topic, because most advantages are predicated off of economic instability.

 

Second, if the US doesn't raise the debt ceiling, it means Congress can't spend any more money, AND has to make immediate spending cuts. This would be bad because some military spending and entitlement programs would get cut. Also, this is an awesome turns the case argument, because even if fiat means the plan passes immediately, the disad means the plan won't get funded immediately. I would make this as a logically turns case argument every time you read it.

 

Third, there is a decent answer to Syria. First, is that Syria = bipartisanship. The GOP WANTS Obama to strike Syria, and Democrats don't want to make Obama look bad, so they will likely vote to authorize the strike. This means Syria won't cost political capital because there will not be a fight in Congress about it. Second, even if the aff wins Syria is the top of the docket, the negative can win at least initially, Syria will increase Obama's capital enough to finish debt ceiling negotiations, and get it passed.

 

Good luck!

- Sara

 

 

1NC..................................................................................................................................... 2

****UNIQUENESS............................................................................................................ 5

Will Pass- Syria................................................................................................................... 6

Will Pass – Urgency............................................................................................................ 7

Will Pass- Obama Push....................................................................................................... 8

Will Pass – AT: GOP.......................................................................................................... 9

Will Pass – AT: Entitlement Reforms............................................................................... 10

AT: Won’t Pass - Defund Obamacare............................................................................... 12

AT: Won’t Pass- Defund Obamacare - Dave Winston Poll............................................. 14

AT: Won’t Pass - Obama Won’t Negotiate – Negotiations Now..................................... 15

AT: Won’t Pass - Obama Won’t Negotiate – Negotiations Inevitable............................. 16

AT: Obama Won’t Negotiate – Obama has to negotiate................................................... 17

AT: Won’t Pass – Gridlock............................................................................................... 18

AT: U O/W Link............................................................................................................... 19

****LINK UNIQUENESS/LINKS................................................................................... 20

Top of Docket................................................................................................................... 22

AT: Syria Thumper – Will Pass – Won’t Cost Capital.................................................... 23

AT: Syria Thumper – Strikes Increase Capital................................................................. 24

AT: Syria Thumper – No Vote in Congress...................................................................... 25

AT: Budget Thumper – Not Top of Docket..................................................................... 27

AT: Short Term Spending Thumper- Will Pass – Won’t Cost Capital............................ 28

AT: Health Care Thumper................................................................................................ 29

AT: Immigration................................................................................................................ 31

Pol Cap Key...................................................................................................................... 34

2NC Yes Spillover............................................................................................................. 35

Yes Pol Cap....................................................................................................................... 36

AT: No Pol Cap – Gallup Poll.......................................................................................... 37

AT: Obama Won’t Spend Capital on Debt Ceiling........................................................... 38

Links – Econ Engagement Costs Capital........................................................................... 39

AT: Dickinson................................................................................................................... 40

AT: Winners Win.............................................................................................................. 42

AT: GOP Link Turn.......................................................................................................... 42

****IMPACTS................................................................................................................. 43

AT: 2011 Means Impact is N/U....................................................................................... 44

Default Coming Soon......................................................................................................... 46

Econ Uniqueness – Reverse Causal – Default................................................................... 47

Econ Uniqueness – Consumer Confidence High............................................................... 48

AT: Not Global Decline.................................................................................................... 49

Default Bad – Econ............................................................................................................ 50

Default Bad - Credit Rating............................................................................................... 54

Default Bad - Dollar.......................................................................................................... 54

Spending Cuts Bad – Hege 2NC........................................................................................ 56

Yes Spending Cuts............................................................................................................. 57

Spending Cuts Bad – Military Cuts Internals................................................................... 59

Military Cuts Impact Ext. - Hegemony............................................................................ 60

Military Cuts Impact – Economy Module 2NC............................................................... 61

Spending Cuts Bad - Agencies........................................................................................... 63

2NC- Food Crisis Impact.................................................................................................. 66

****AFF ANSWERS........................................................................................................ 68

Will Pass - Uniqueness O/W Link..................................................................................... 69

Won’t Pass – Partisanship................................................................................................ 70

Won’t Pass - Obama Won’t Negotiate.............................................................................. 72

Won’t Pass – Time Crunch............................................................................................... 74

Pol Cap Defense – Obama Not Key................................................................................. 78

Pol Cap Defense – Obama Won’t Use it........................................................................... 79

Pol Cap Defense – Obama not Strong............................................................................... 80

Pol Cap Low – Syria......................................................................................................... 81

Pol Cap Low – Gallup Poll............................................................................................... 82

No Impact – Not Unique................................................................................................... 85




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