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August 20 Extemp Questions

August 20 Extemp Questions

Domestic Is the credibility of the 2020 Presidential election at-risk? Should a COVID-19 vaccine be made mandatory? Should the capital gains tax preference be repealed? Should Tik Tok be banned?¬† Should the payroll tax be cut? Should School Resource Officers be reduced? Should the police be defunded? Foreign Should the US modernize its nuclear arsenal?¬† Is China a threat?    

Should a COVID-19 vaccine by mandatory?

General COVID-19 vaccines could become mandatory. Here‚Äôs how it might work. Fauci: Covid-19 Vaccines Unlikely To Be Mandatory Mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations? Here’s what states and employers can legally require Should a COVID-19 vaccine be compulsory ‚ÄĒ and what would this mean for anti-vaxxers Yes Defeat COVID-19 by requiring vaccination for all. It’s not un-American, it’s patriotic. Is Mandatory Vaccination Legal in Time of Epidemic? States have authority to fine or

Is the 2020 Presidential election at-risk?

Yes Trump floats idea that fraud could lead to re-do of November election ‘Things could get very ugly’: Experts fear post-election crisis as Trump sets the stage to dispute the results in November Trump’s election meddling is threatening democracy The 10 scariest election scenarios, ranked Trump can’t stop the election but he can threaten democracy¬† Trump may damage American democracy premanently¬† When elections lead to violence: It’s happened before ‚ÄĒ

Should the US Modernize its nuclear arsenal?

General Trump’s budget calls for major boost to nukes¬† U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces: Background, Developments, and Issues Is the Air Force testing an earth penetrating nuclear bomb? The nuclear debate gets even uglier Nuclear force modernization costs much less than you think Nuclear weapon modernization continues but the outlook for arms control is bleak: New SIPRI Yearbook out now Yes Why America Is Modernizing Its Nuclear Weapons Forces China’s small


Should the capital gains tax be reduced/repealed?

Backfiles All capital gains DebateUS back files¬† Background Trump says he is seriously considering a capital gains tax reduction Here’s how Trump could do it The tax Biden wants to double and Trump would smash¬† A Guide to the Democrats’ plan to tax the rich more¬† Pro Dow futures surge on potential cap gains tax cut Dow jumps 300 points after Trump says he’s considering a capital gains tax cut¬†


China-US Conflict

See also: The Huawei Controversy .¬† China-US Trade Conflict¬† Websites Think Tanks China Power Project @ CSIS American Enterprise Institute China¬† Carnegie Endowment’s Implications of China’s Rise¬† News South China Morning Post Updates To the brink with China (8-13-20) Background Timeline: US Relations with China: 1949-2019. How does China view the notion of a new Cold War? (2020) War America and China Hurtling towards war? (2020) If the US and


Should Tik Tok be banned?

Updates Trump demands Tik Tok delete data and sell US assets in 90 days (8-15-20) General/Background Is Tik Tok a security threat? It’s complicated¬† The US thinks Tik Tok could be a national security threat¬† Why Trump views Tik Tok as a Threat Why is the Trump administration banning Tik Tok and WeChat? China wants to cut-off access to America’s Internet Bank Tik Tok and Zoom? The case of Tik


Should the payroll tax be cut?

Background Trump keeps pushing for a payroll tax cut. Here’s what it means¬† White House walks back permanent payroll tax cut among Social Security fees Pro A payroll tax cut is a perfect way to stimulate the economy Why payroll tax cut opponents should reconsider¬† Will the payroll tax cut end Social Security as we know it? Let’s hope so Con Trump’s reckless economic gamble Tax cut gamble would worsen


Should school resource officers be eliminated?

General Some school districts are cutting ties with police. What next? Denver’s school board votes unanimously to remove police from public schools School Resource Officers. What are they and are they necessary? Pro Defund SROs¬† Why so few school cops are trained to work with kids How police became part of the public school system and how to get them out Officers at schools enable systemic racism Should we defund


Should the police be defunded?

Background/General Abolish or defund the police — explained What Defund the Police Really Means¬† Defund the Policy: Here’s what it really means Yes Incremental Change is a Moral Failure How cities with violent crime can tackle it without the police We must challenge militarism in efforts to defund the police Defunding the police would benefit policing We train police to be warriors and send them out to be social workers¬†