1ac - John Afriyie October 26, 2008 1st Affirmative...

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John Afriyie October 26, 2008 1 st Affirmative Constructive COMM 2030 Cotton 1AC Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reduce its agricultural support, at least eliminating nearly all of the domestic subsidies, for biofuels, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, corn, cotton, dairy, fisheries, rice, soybeans, sugar and/or wheat. OBSERVATION I: DEFINITONS The following definitions are from Merriam-Webster Online: Substantially - considerable in quantity, significantly great Support - to promote the interests or cause of; to pay the costs of; to provide a basis for the existence or subsistence of Agricultural support - the annual monetary value of all gross transfers from taxpayers and consumers arising from policy measures that support agriculture, net of the associated budgetary receipts, regardless of their objectives and impacts on farm production and income, or consumption of farm products Subsidies- direct pecuniary aid furnished by a government to a private industrial undertaking, a charity organization, or the like Eliminate- to put an end to or get rid of Dictionary.com, 2008 , http://dictionary.reference.com/browse OBSERVATION II: CRITERIA AND RESOLUTIONAL ANALYSIS Highest Value: MORALITY IS THE ULTIMATE ASPIRATION OF HUMANITY. Albert Einstein, Nobel Prize winning scientist. [http://thinkexist.com/quotation] The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life. Weighing Mechanism: Government intervention in the marketplace contradicts the values of free-trade system advocated by the USA The International Herald Tribune , 7-15-07, “WTO farm proposal entails big U.S. cotton subsidy cuts, Congress unlikely to agree”, http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/07/19/business/EU-FIN-ECO-WTO-US- Cotton.php , ACC: 10.27.08, p. online
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Our complex series of cotton subsidies, price supports, regulations and protective tariffs means that farming in the US functions as a command economy. As a result, the United States is encouraging a socialist agricultural system . Furthermore, such cotton subsidies violate international agreements negotiated and signed by the US, such as the World Trade Organization, and the North America Free Trade Act (NAFTA). This sort of behaviors tarnishes US credibility and will affect its relationships with other nations. Lastly, Subsidies cause poverty, both domestically and internationally by maintaining the prices of goods at an artificial level that does not reflect the cost of production Decision Rule: It is a moral obligation for society to abolish unethical policies that affect other nation’s growth and are unfair Contention 1: Subsidies for cotton should be abolished until the practice is completely phased out A) The Problem: Initially note that cotton farm subsidies were intended to raise farmer incomes by remedying low crop prices. Lee, Don. Los Angeles Times. December 21, 2005. "African Nations Call for U.S. to Eliminate
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