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Unformatted text preview: h Speed Rail Negative BDL No Solvency – Competitiveness – Other Issues Outweigh [____] [____] Many reasons the US is not competitive Harvard Business Review, 2012 (January, “Capitalism Concerns,” http://harvardmagazine.com/2012/01/harvard -business-schoolsurvey-weaker-u-s-economic-competitiveness) Although the respondents regarded American universities, the context for entrepreneurship, and the innovation infrastructure very favorably as they evaluated the business environment, a majority held the American K-12 education system, political system, and tax code in very low regard. Majorities felt that regulation, economic policy, transportation infrastructure, the complexity of the tax code, K-12 education, and the effectiveness of the domestic political system were all factors in making the United States fall behind in competitive terms . [____] Our failing educational system is a much larger reason the US competitiveness is declining Council on Foreign Relations, 2012 (“U.S. Education Reform and National Security,” http://www.cfr.org/united -states/us-education-reformnational-security/p27618?co=C007301) The United States' failure to educate its students leaves them unprepared to compete and threatens the country's ability to thrive in a global economy and maintain its leadership role, finds a new Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)–sponsored Independent Task Force report on U.S. Education Reform and National Security. "Educational failure puts the United States' future economic prosperity, global position, and physical safety at risk," warns the Task Force, chaired by Joel I. Klein, former head of New York City public schools, and Condo leezza Rice, former U.S. secretary of state. The country "will not be able to keep pace—much less lead—globally unless it moves to fix the problems it has allowed to fester for too long," argues the Task Force. 16 | P a g e High Speed Rail Negative BDL No Solvency – Competitiveness – Other Issues Outweigh [____] [____] High health care costs undermine competitiveness Toni Johnson, Council on Foreign Relations, 2012 (March 26, “Healthcare Costs and US Competitiveness,” http://www.cfr.org/health -science-andtechnology/healthcare-costs-us-competitiveness/p13325) The United States spent more than 17 percent of its GDP on health care, higher than any other developed nation. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated in 2008 that number would rise to 25 percent by 2025 without changes to federal law. Employer-funded coverage is the structural mainstay of the U.S. health insurance system. A November 2008 Kaiser Foundation report says access to employer-sponsored health insurance has been on the decline among low-income workers, and health premiums for workers have risen114 percent in the last decade. Small businesses are less likely than large employers to be able to provide health insurance as a benefit. At 12 percent, health care is the most expensive benefit paid by U.S. employers, according to the U.S. Chamber of...
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