Monday, November 19, 2012

GOVT - Final Project

Your final project deals with today's most important national issues.  Here's what you will do in advance:
  • Organize into groups of 2 or 3 (no more or less)
  • Choose a topic AND a position from the list below
  • Research the topic
  • Prepare an oral argument that supports your position
  • Prepare visuals, photos, video--anything that can be accessed from a school computer and internet connection
  • Prepare a handout for the class (optional)
On the DAY OF your Project, you will:
  • Have 10 minutes to present your argument
  • Have 10 minutes to listen to your opponents' argument (if any exists)
  • Have 5 minutes to take questions and respond to arguments against your position
  • Have 5 minutes to argue against and question your opposition (if any exists)
  • Have handouts to give to everyone in the class.  You may give Mr. Ippolito ONE single-sided sheet to make copies.  You must give this to Mr. Ippolito by 3:00 p.m. the day BEFORE your presentation (optional)
You will be graded on:
  • The quality of your argument
  • Having the FACTS to back up your argument (be prepared to explain your sources, and make sure your sources are reliable--not just, "Well, according to Wikipedia . . .")
  • Having resources to share with the class to back up your argument
Project Topics (or you can choose your own; topic must be approved by Mr. Ippolito before you begin)
  • ECONOMIC STIMULUS Plan (the bank bailout)
    • Support the stimulus plan
    • Scrap the stimulus plan
  • TAX THE WEALTHY to help pay down the national debt
    • Let's increase income taxes on the wealthiest one or two percent of Americans.
    • NO! Any increase of any taxes of any income level hurts the economy.
  • Use MILITARY FORCE AGAINST IRAN if it is discovered that they are developing nuclear weapons
    • I would support using military force
    • I would NOT support using military force
  • WATERBOARDING of terror suspects
    • It's "enhanced interrogation" and a valuable tool in the war on terror
    • It's "torture" and counterproductive, illegal and/or immoral
    • Labor unions should be limited! Would favor the pro-business positions of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and similar groups.
    • Labor unions are good! Would favor the pro-labor positions of the AFL-CIO and similar groups.
    • Israel is our ally in the Middle East. We must support them in their fight against terror groups and Muslim extremist groups such as Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. 
    • Israel has gotten a "free pass" for too long. We must balance our support for them with an acknowledgement that they have been denying Palestinian Muslims rights in the name of national security. 
    • I support increases in the minimum wage. 
    • I oppose increases in the minimum wage. 
    • We should keep it a governmental program, a non-private entity, possibly adjusting the earnings ceiling and/or the retirement age, etc.
    • We should consider other options, including and especially privatization. 
    • I support free trade policies. Free trade is a system in which the trade of goods and services between or within countries flows unhindered by government-imposed restrictions [such as] taxes and tariffs, non-tariff barriers, quotas.
    • I support fair trade policies. (Fair trade is an organized social movement and market-based approach to empowering developing country producers and promoting sustainability. The movement advocates the payment of a fair price as well as social and environmental standards... More at Wikipedia) 
    • I support federal expansion of embryonic stem cell research. 
    • I oppose federal expansion of embryonic stem cell research. 
    • I support the pro-choice positions of organizations like NARAL.
    • I support the pro-life positions of organizations like National Right to Life Committee. 
    • I support the death penalty.
    • I oppose the death penalty.
    • I support gun control legislation recommended by groups such as the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
    • I oppose gun control legislation, agreeing with groups such as the NRA and the Gun Owners of America.
  • MARIJUANA laws
    • I not advocate any sort of legalization of marijuana.
    • I support legalization for doctor prescribed medical use of marijuana. 
    • I support a general decriminalization of marijuana.
    • We should "repeal and replace" the health insurance reform bill signed by Obama (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act).
    • We should support the health insurance reform bill signed by Obama (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act). 
    • I favor positions of environmental groups like the League of Conservation Voters. 
    • I support positions of property rights advocating groups like the American Land Rights Association. 
  • ARIZONA'S IMMIGRATION LAW - Arizona SB 1070 is the broadest and strictest anti-illegal immigration measure in decades. Some see it as a necessity to stop crime and illegal immigration. Others are concerned about racial profiling and constitutional issues.
    • I oppose Arizona's new illegal immigration law.
    • I support Arizona's new illegal immigration law.
    • I oppose both marriage and civil unions for same sex couples.
    • I support both marriage and civil unions for same sex couples.
    • I support civil unions for same sex couples. 

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