America is a messed up place.
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America is not a messed up place.
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3. This debate is comparative. No arguments about humanity being messed up generally should be considered.
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The American Constitution is unique amongst all other constitutions in this critical way: it recognizes that the rights and liberties that everyone is entitled to are not derived from the government, but rather from our Creator
The Constitution doesn't give us the right to bear arms but instead stops the government from infringing upon it
America's poor are the richest poor people in the world [..] (4)
America's poor are very wealthy
- 78% of workers live paycheck to paycheck
- 26% of workers don't set aside money to their savings each month
- 71% of workers are in debt, and half of them think they will always be
- 20% of workers miss minor payments each year
- 68% of workers don't have a clear budget
- 40% of families are below the ALICE threshold
- 43% of families can't afford a basic household budget
The only way to allow good ideas to win out over bad ideas is for an open debate to occur
But my source says conclusively that America's "poor" are in fact very wealthy
My opponent still needs to identify a social or institutional barrier to economic mobility
They don't have to, they can choose to cut back on expenses
That's actually a pretty good number. that means 80% have no problem making all of their payments
I honestly have no idea how the ALICE threshold is calculated, but I know that is isn't calculated by actual necessities
Note my opponents own statement that 80% of working families make all of their payments.
- The middle class is failing
- Union payments are getting more accessible
- The cost of college is getting very high
- And more...
The recent wage gains have been largest for those who need it most. For the last six months, wage growth for production and non-supervisory workers outpaced the average for the entire economy. (1)
My opponent also ignores the part of my arguments where I point out that the U.S. does have some reasonable restrictions on free speech [..] Moreover, my opponent did not respond to my argument that banning certain opinions as has been done
My opponent needs to explain how America can be a comparatively messed up place economically when our people are so much richer than everyone else
All it means is that Democrat policies are failures
3. My opponent [..] been able to
My opponent also completely ignored my evidence from the Brookings Institute which proved that you only have to do three simple things to join the middle class in America if you start in poverty.
another example of American freedom
My opponent now claims that 80% of Americans having no problem paying their minor bills is a bad number [..] He has provided no evidence that Americans are having a hard time making major payment
USDA which found that 96% of low-income households reported never going hungry from not being able to afford food
Also, the Middle class is not failing. It is shrinking in numbers, but that's because many of them are joining the Upper Class
This entire argument is about "if." If the people do this, America will be great. If the people do that, America will be great. But the people aren't doing that! That's the problem. The people are part of the country, under the social sector. Bad people = bad country.
Like I said before, this is an "if" argument. And besides, of course every single person in poverty can go back and finish high school. Of course it's easy for poor people to get a job. And of course people will have babies after they're married. So no, it's not that easy.
And if 20% can't pay minor bills, then of course at least 20% can't pay major bills.
No. America's middle class is gaining wealth naturally. It's expected for the middle class of a country to gain wealth, as that shows economic development. Also, the middle class is actually not that rich compared to the super rich. The wealth gap is huge! And like I've stated before, a big wealth gap is a big problem.
Moreover, he has shifted the burden of proof. It's his job to prove that banning an opinion will make that opinion go away, which he hasn't done
My source then used an objective standard to determine actual poverty levels by percentile which proved that Americans are better off than in other countries
In a free democratic society the people have the right to vote for whatever politicians and policies that they want
America is a good country because all Americans have everything they need to prosper as well as the freedom not to take it and to do what they want with their lives
- Labour market barriers
- Labour force is underutilized
- Rural labour force is slowing
- Some groups haven't caught up since the Great Recession
- Economic segregation 
- Rising income inequality
- Poor families live in poor neighborhoods
- Lower income correlates to lower education 
- Justice system barriers
- Affect jobs, or any other system that requires background checks
- People with criminal records are twice as likely to remain at the bottom
- Affects 70 million people in America
We have the best healthcare in the world
Moreover, the idea that Americans are paying the most for medical expenses is untrue
So essentially my opponent seems to be claiming that the middle class is getting richer, but also that they are somehow failing
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- False claims about Obama, a lot of them
- Bad relations with Mexico (wall)
- Insulted senator John McCain's military service
- Oh, and insulted a lot more people
- The list just goes on...
My opponent claims that the constitution is outdated
My opponent makes several misinformed statements about guns
The filibuster ensures that the minority still has a say. Mob rule is incredibly dangerous and America's founding fathers knew it. The filibuster is good because it ensures that the majority can't just ram through whatever it wants and stomp all over the rights of the minority
- Blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act
- Allowed women to more easily report wage discrimination
- Blocked the Creating American Jobs and Ending Offshoring Act
- Supported creating new business and job opportunities in America
- Blocked A bill to amend the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act
- Prevented discrimination based on participation in labor disputes
- Blocked the Energy Policy Act
- Regulated safe and clean drinking water, free of MTBE
- And more!
My opponent's argument against the founding fathers amounts to nothing more than an argumentum ad hominem logical fallacy