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THE TIME HAS COME Dartmouth 2K9 1 Devolution K Devolution K ........................................................................................................................................................... 1 2AC – Devolution K (long) ..................................................................................................................................... 2 2AC – Devolution (Just Poverty) ............................................................................................................................. 4 2AC – Devolution (Just Neoliberalism) .................................................................................................................. 5 Ext – Devolution => Blame the Poor ....................................................................................................................... 6 Ext – Devolution => Neoliberalism ......................................................................................................................... 7 Devolution Bad – Exacerbates Gender/Racialized Disparities ................................................................................ 8 Devolution Bad – Destroys Political Influence ...................................................................................................... 9 Devolution Bad – Increases Stigma ..................................................................................................................... 10 Devolution Bad – Destabilization – Kills Solvency .............................................................................................. 11 .............................................................................................................................................................................. 11 Devolution Bad – Race to the Bottom ................................................................................................................... 12 Neoliberalism BAD – Perpetual Warfare .............................................................................................................. 13 Neoliberalism BAD - Poverty ................................................................................................................................ 14 A2: It’s Just One Policy – Not a shift .................................................................................................................... 15 A2: Counterperm – do the plan and criticize devolution ....................................................................................... 16 A2: Neoliberalism Good ........................................................................................................................................ 17 A2: States already fund LSC .................................................................................................................................. 18 Last printed Nishu Mehta 1
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THE TIME HAS COME Dartmouth 2K9 2 2AC – Devolution K (long) ( ) Devolution Turn- a. FEDERAL DEVOLUTION DOWN TO STATE LEVEL FURTHERS A NEOLIBERAL AGENDA AND VIEWS POVERTY THROUGH A LENS OF INDIVIDUAL FAULT. Boyer , Clinical Assistant Professor of Dept. of Science and Technology Studies at Resselaer Polytechnic, 20 06 (Kate Boyer, Editorial Board of Antipode, “Reform and Resistance: A Consideration of Space, Scale and Strategy in Legal Challenges to Welfare Reform”, NM) Welfare reform has been marked by a downward transfer of decisionmaking power regarding the content and administration of welfare policy from federal, to state and local governments as well as the private sector (devolution). With this change has also come a shift in the level at which services themselves are provided, such that for- and not-for-profit organizations as well as ‘‘faith-based’’ groups now compete with the public sector for funds (Boyer, Lawrence and Wilson 2001). Devolution expresses the goals of a broader neoliberal agenda by enabling both inter-locality competition and, especially, privatization . By transferring some of the responsibilities that were once under the auspices of the federal government downward and outward to the private sector, devolution can be seen as an expression of ‘‘hollowing out’’ some of the responsibilities of the federal government under neoliberalism described by Jessop (1999). From a financial viewpoint, welfare dollars are now given to states as a block grant, (similar to the Community Development Block Grants which began in the 1970s), with relatively few constraints on how the money must be spent. Heralded as a move forward for ‘‘states’ rights’’, this shift has resulted in broad fiscal and programmatic freedom for states to both design and administer social services as they choose. It has also led to considerable variability in welfare programs between states, and even, sometimes, between counties within a state. Some states have extended the 60-month federal limit by using ‘‘Maintenance of Effort’’ funds. Others have used money saved in direct payments to expand programs which are not tied to the 60-month time limit, or to create new programs. Most states spent more money on childcare services in the late 1990s than they were prior to welfare
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