Monday, October 24, 2011
Resolution One: College Funding
Inherency: College now more than ever is a requisite for success in the United States. Without a college degree, finding a well-paying job which can sustain the American lifestyle is hard and frustrating, if not downright impossible. The demand for excellency of work is ever-increasing, and employers are of one mind; college makes for better workers. More and more high schoolers are being driven to college in order to secure a job.
Colleges are responding to this demand with tuition hikes. Students see their tuitions rise by up to 30% a year, and means of meeting these increases are not becoming any more widespread. As of 2010, only 20% of students were able to pay their tuition upfront. 80% had to take out student loans in order to make their way through the ever-more necessary college. The number of students who opt to skip college due to the financial strain each year is increasing.
Harms: Students now have little choice but to face crippling debt upon exiting high school if they wish to enter college. They must become frugal spenders throughout college and for the next decade thereafter, restricted by their debts and unable to afford anything but the basic necessities of life, lest they face bankruptcy. Our future is one of less and less spending as post-grads fight to pay off loans.
The economy is still recovering from the shock of the housing bubble burst. This recovery will be slow, and requires more spending in order to ensure it continues to recover. If the USFG becomes any more conservative with its spending, we will doubtless see another collapse.
Our current future is one of economic collapse. In the vital years to come, we will see an entire generation failing to spend anything but the bare minimum as they pour their earnings into repaying student loans. There will be an entire generation's worth of spending lost. This will push the economy over the brink and we will fall back into recession.
Resolved: The USFG should substantially increase federal aid to students in college. We reserve the right to clarify.
Solvency: With substantial increases in federal funding of higher education, students will be able to go through college with far less debt, if any at all. 50% more students will be able to exit college with no debt, while the remaining 70% of all students exiting with debt will see that number reduced by more than 40%. In years following graduation, spending will see increases as students are able to pursue housing or other goods. This will keep the economy's recovery stable. The plan prevents a recession which would lead to economic collapse as the student problem would have no end in sight.
Second, with federal funding, an additional 5% of the population which would otherwise make the choice to not attend college would attend, allowing for further expenditures. This means that in the wake of the plan, the United States would have an even stronger economy. The increase in college graduates in society would also lead to improved innovation within the United States. Innovation is directly linked to a stronger economy and greater world presence.
Assume I've got a Hedge good argument here, linked to Advantage 2.
Thoughts: I think I overdid this one in terms of impacts. I also excluded the snowball of impacts from each advantage just because they'd be kinda boring to type out. This topic was kinda boring in general since all the advantages led to the same impact and the extrapolation was pretty clear. Also, I should note now that a lot of these pre-research setups are going to be vague and unintelligible, or have clearly false numbers; they're ballparked. I just don't know enough hard facts. But then again, that's the point of this...learning.
Also, these definitely are not going to be 7 minute long speeches. No way.