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Samford Debate Institute Midterms Disadvantage Galloway/Maffie/Gramzinski Lab       1 Samford Debate Institute 2010
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Samford Debate Institute Midterms Disadvantage Galloway/Maffie/Gramzinski Lab       Midterms 1NC  A) Uniqueness: Democrats will maintain control of Congress now—polling data proves Ben Reilly, 6/16/2010 (staff writer). “Good News for Congressional Democrats in Latest Polling.” Accessed from: http://www.shortnews.com/start.cfm?id=84488 As the economy continues to be voters´ top priority heading into the 2010 midterm elections, the latest Associated Press -GfK poll contains encouraging news for Democrats trying to retain control of Congress. Americans trust Democrats´ handling of the economy over Republicans by a margin of 47 percent to 42 percent, and 64 percent of Americans say their household budgets are doing OK. That latter number has been climbing. Americans favor Democratic control of Congress by a margin of 46 percent to 39 percent , the second consecutive month in which Democrats have held the advantage in that question since April, when Republicans were preferred by a three-point margin. B) Links 1. Military cutbacks will be opposed by powerful lobbyists—creating a giant political fiasco for  Obama. Matthew Yglesias, 2010 . (Center for American Progress). April 8, 2010. “How Politically Feasible Are Defense Spending Cuts?” http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/archives/2010/04/how-politically-feasible-are-defense-spending-cuts.php The most relevant issue, when thinking about cuts, is thinking about the political fight that ensues . If a President proposed cutting the defense budget and then y ou had a ton of stories in the press where senior military officers fret off the record that the cuts will endanger America, and every television network trotted out a former general with undisclosed ties to defense contractors as an “independent analyst” to condemn the cuts, and if active duty soldiers sent emails to their civilian family and friends complaining about the cuts, and if think tank experts who depend on cooperation with the military to do their research either complained about the cuts or else stayed silent, then I think you’d have a giant political fiasco on your hands. The relevant issue here, in other words, is that the military is the most trusted institution in America and then on top of that the defense sector of the economy has a lot of money and economic reach. Consequently , it’s very political difficult for a president to do anything that provokes the ire of the defense establishment whether or not it polls well in the abstract. This seems to me to be a huge problem in American political life , but it’s not obvious to me what steps will resolve it.
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