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What aff do you guys think has the best answers to politics? Specifically in regards to Republicans liking the plan. 

 

State the case and preferably give a card/warrant why you think so.

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Mexico energy cooperation. No unique link. No specific Link.

Accidental downvote, I upvoted you in other areas. My bad homie dog G B)

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Mexico energy cooperation. No unique link. No specific Link.

 

 

What if it's a dem's hate the plan kind of thing? With the I/L being Bipartisan ship key to plan passing? 

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TPP

Republicans like the plan

Moderate Democrats like the plan

Opposition is mostly far-left Democrats, and they aren't going to backlash over anything important that people run as their UQ.

 

But really, Obama has no political capital anyway, so the UQ stories are always bad. 

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What aff do you guys think has the best answers to politics? 

Just a heads up not everyone is a guy.

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Defund Obamacare (real aff around my area, which is super rebublican) seems to be popular to republicans.

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Defund Obamacare (real aff around my area, which is super rebublican) seems to be popular to republicans.

Because who cares about T right.

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Because who cares about T right.

I've never hit it, but it's something along the lines of, "defund Obamacare; give to Cuban healthcare."

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I've never hit it, but it's something along the lines of, "defund Obamacare; give to Cuban healthcare."

Because who cares about extra-T, right?

 

But in that case, if you've got right wingers voting for it, why not just PIC out of the topical part? "Defund Obamacare and cut taxes accordingly."

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They're not actually defunding Obamacare that is the harm areas in their case, their lifting a part of the embargo that allows Americans to go over to Cuba for Medical tourism.

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They're not actually defunding Obamacare that is the harm areas in their case, their lifting a part of the embargo that allows Americans to go over to Cuba for Medical tourism.

 

Something tells me that it'd be the other way around... 

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"Cuba has succeeded in providing free healthcare and education to all of its citizens"

 

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/03/14/the-bias-of-human-rights-watch/

 

Um no

 

I couldn't read past the first paragraph:

 

"Over the past thirty years, Human Rights Watch has become one of the most recognized non-governmental organizations in the world due to its global promotion of human rights. But despite its claims to be an advocate of international human rights law, the reports issued by Human Rights Watch over the past decade have increasingly exhibited a bias towards certain rights over others. More precisely, Human Rights Watch repeatedly focuses on political and civil rights while ignoring social and economic rights. As a result, it routinely judges nations throughout the world in a manner that furthers capitalist values and discredits governments seeking socialist alternatives. It is this bias that lies at the root of Human Rights Watch’s scathing attacks on the government of Venezuela its recently deceased president Hugo Chávez. This bias was also evident in comments made in 2012 by Ken Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, when he declared that Venezuela is “the most abusive†nation in Latin America. "

 

This person doesn't know anything about rights theory.  Of course Human Rights Watch ignores "social" and "economic" "rights".  They're a classic liberal NGO rooted in the Lockean tradition of natural rights, which is where rights theory comes from.  Rights are strictly limited to political and civil issues. 

 

Criticizing an organization for not recognizing things as rights which aren't part of the theory of rights that organization subscribes to is farcical.  And let's be honest, "social" and "economic" rights are an attempt to capture and coopt the successful rhetoric of rights for other purposes - they are the antithesis of rights sensu Locke (because they involve positive claims, not negative claims - ie, claims that others should not interfere in certain activities).  That's not what the word rights means in philosophy. You can't pretend you've won that theoretical battle when no one outside your clique accept your redefinition.  It would be like getting a small group together and redefining politics to mean bananas, and complaining that other people had terrible misconceptions about politics because they didn't accept your definition and didn't think politics meant bananas.  Utter nonsense.

 

But even if we pretend, for a moment, that "social" and "economic" "rights" are legitimate "rights" in a philosophical sense, I think we can still defend Ken Roth.  Do Venezuelans really have social or economic equality? I bet Maduro hasn't gone without milk or toilet paper at any point during the last 6 months.  When political rights are abrogated, economic and social inequality follow (in favor of the people in power, and distributed according to favor and cronyism).  Of course, the writer has confessional beliefs in socialism that make it impossible for him to look at factual outcomes.  if the facts don't match up to his pre-commitment, the facts are wrong.  As a socialist state, Venezuela is clearly what the rest of the world should aspire to, and not the utter disaster of a country that it actually is.

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Mexico is probably the best place to look for affs that combine a diversity of aff literature with relatively little available neg ground. Mexican trade affs (TPP and TTIP) are relatively strong on the link level of the debate (I'm not sure what TPP inherency looks like, though) - Mexico's already negotiating entrance to TPP, trade is occuring in the status quo, both of these two trade agreements are currently under negotiations, etc. I'm sure that, if you have some minor NAFTA-modification aff, unless there are incredibly specific politics links to that semi-minor-repair aff, Mexican trade affs are very good on the politics link debate (and, as someone mentioned above, the plan unpopular evidence generally speaks to demographics - like far left occupy democrats - that are NOT the same group that Obama's PC is key to securing an internal link to the politics disad for... these affs are popular with Republicans, who conveniently are the group Obama needs to appease).

 

Mexican "aid"/investment affs are similarly strong, but there's the possibility that aff-specific politics evidence exists. Plan popular evidence will be less easy to find (because most Mexico link turns state that Republicans love trade with Mexico, not investment in energy poverty alleviation)... but you're still probably alright because there will be a precedent for these sorts of minor investments (probably a bipartisan precedent), so the risk of a link to politics is still far lower than for a Cuba or Venezuela aff.

 

Cuba/Venezuela you might want to look to win the impact debate...

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