Here are the 8 wordings we are going to work with throughout the day on Saturday. Below each resolution you will find notes from the Marshall Subcommittee (the groups that have the first discussion on each topic). We will begin tomorrow at 8:30 am cst. I'll post my notes/updates throughout the morning tomorrow . If you have questions, you can comment here, send me notes through Twitter, Facebook Messenger or Text me and I will include your thoughts to the committee in the morning.
The assigned times for each paper will be posted tonight so you can know when you can influence the room.
Resolutions are listed in the order papers were received by the NFHS (I believe):
Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase incentives for development and/or use of renewable energy in the United States
-MSC discussed renewable vs alternative, alternative would add nuclear power and other things that they didn’t want (probably biofuels)
-Topic becomes debate on energy sources and on the environment
-Better than just Fossil fuel focus, because it may become too partisan.
-Looking for a field contextual definition of incentives
2. Income Inequality
Resolved; The United States federal government should substantially increase progressive taxation, the federal minimum wage or regulation of lending practices in the United States.
-Dropped the word predatory from the last time
-Eliminated the “FYI” of dropping income inequality
-Are we OK with the word regulation existing in this topic that makes the back end bidirectional?
3. Human Rights
The United States federal government should substantially increase its protections of economic, social, and/or cultural rights in the United States.
-forces the US to acknowledge categories of rights that are usually ignored
4. World Heritage sites:
Resolved: The United Nations should substantially increase its protection of one or more sites in Africa on the United Nations’ World Heritage Convention’s List of World Heritage in Danger.
-Initial discussion is that protection is more contextual through the UN (specifically UNESCO)
-Limit to just Africa (list goes from 55 to 21, and becomes a little broader than military protection).
5. Education Reform
Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase elementary and/or secondary educational funding in one or more of the following areas: charter schools, for-profit schools, concurrent enrollment, dual enrollment.
-Need to look at what the FG can do in the context of states rights vs federal action
-Tied to funding in certain areas.
-This list is different from proposed resolutions in the paper (like middle college programs)
-What are the differences between Concurrent and Dual enrollment? (There is a discussion in the large group that highlights some differenes that are too numerous for me to write down).
6. Domestic Agriculture
Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its regulation of one or more fo the following in the United States: genetically-modified foods, biofuels, pesticides, concentrated animal feeding operations, crop insurance, sustainable agriculture practices.
-In line with what the topic wanted
-Things like crop insurance are more positive than negative,
Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase economic and/or diplomatic pressure on the Russian Federation.
-There is a debate on whether or not we should use a non-US actor (paper looks at EU/Nato)
-Focus on what the US can do vis-à-vis Russian action
-The one key thing is removing the word its, because pressure is not a possession of the nation who pressures, it is something within
-Still concerned about similarities to china
8. Higher Ed
The United States federal government should substantially increase the affordability of higher education in the United States in one or more of the following areas: loan programs, tuition stabilization, federal financial aid.
-Shortened the list from Affirmative Action and Online Access
-Makes the topic all about affordability etc.
-Author will look at definitions of affordability or something better
-Author will look for a better definition of tuition stabilization