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History of Topics

1941-42

Resolved: That every able-bodied male citizen in the United States should be required to have one year of full-time military training before attaining the present draft age.

1942-43

Resolved: That a federal world government should be established.

1943-44

Resolved: That the United States should join in reconstituting the League of Nations.

1944-45

Resolved: That the legal voting age should be reduced to eighteen years.

1945-46

Resolved: That ever able-bodied male citizen of the United States should have one year of full time military training before attaining age 24.

1946-47

Resolved: That the federal government should provide a system of complete Medical care available to all citizens at public expense.

1947-48

Resolved: That the federal government should require arbitration of labor disputes in all basic industries.

1948-49

Resolved: That a federal world government should be established.

1949-50

Resolved: That the President of the United States should be elected by the direct vote of the people.

1950-51

Resolved: That the American people should reject the Welfare state.

1951-52

Resolved: That all American citizens should be subject to conscription for essential service in time of war.

1952-53

Resolved: That the Atlantic pact nations should form a federal union.

1953-54

Resolved: That the President of the United States should be elected by the direct vote of the people.

1954-55

Resolved: That the federal government should initiate a policy of free trade among nations friendly to the United States.

1955-56

Resolved: That the government subsidies should be granted according to need to high school graduates who qualify for additional training.

1956-57

Resolved: That the federal government should sustain the prices of major agricultural products at not less than 90% of parity.

1957-58

Resolved: That the United States foreign aid should be substantially increased.

1958-59

Resolved: That the United States should adopt the essential feature of the British system of education.

1959-60

Resolved: That the federal government should substantially increase its regulation of labor unions.

1960-61

Resolved: That the United Nations should be significantly strengthened.

1961-62

Resolved: That the federal government should equalize educational opportunity by means of grants to the states for public elementary and secondary education.

1962-63

Resolved: That the United States should promote a Common Market for the western hemisphere.

1963-64

Resolved: That Social Security benefits should be extended to include complete medical care.

1964-65

Resolved: That nuclear weapons should be controlled by an international organization.

1965-66

Resolved: That the federal government should adopt a program of compulsory arbitration in labor-management disputes in basic industries.

1966-67

Resolved: That the foreign aid program of the United States should be limited to non-military assistance.

1967-68

Resolved: That Congress should establish uniform regulations to control criminal investigation procedures.

1968-69

Resolved: That the United States should establish a system of compulsory service by all citizens.

1969-70

Resolved: That Congress should prohibit unilateral United States military intervention in foreign countries.

1970-71

Resolved: That the federal government should establish, finance, and administer programs to control air and/or water pollution in the United States.

1971-72

Resolved: That the jury system in the United States should be significantly changed.

1972-73

Resolved: That governmental financial support for all public and secondary education in the United States be provided exclusively by the federal government.

1973-74

Resolved: That the federal government should guarantee a minimum annual income to each family unit.

1974-75

Resolved: That the United States should significantly change the method of selection of presidential and vice-presidential candidates.

1975-76

Resolved: That the development and allocation of scarce world resources should be controlled by an international organization.

1976-77

Resolved: That a comprehensive program of penal reform should be adopted throughout the United States.

1977-78

Resolved: That the federal government should establish a comprehensive program to regulate the health care in the United States.

1978-79

Resolved: That the federal government should establish a comprehensive program to significantly increase the energy independence of the U.S.

1979-80

Resolved: That the United States should significantly change its foreign trade policies.

1980-81

Resolved: That the federal government should initiate and enforce safety guarantees on consumer goods.

1981-82

Resolved: That the federal government should establish minimum educational standards for elementary and secondary schools in the United States.

1982-83

Resolved: That the United States should significantly curtail its arms sales to other countries.

1983-84

Resolved: That the United States should establish uniform rules governing the procedure of all criminal courts in the nation.

1984-85

Resolved: That the federal government should provide employment for all employable U.S. Citizens living in poverty.

1985-86

Resolved: That the federal government should establish a comprehensive national policy to protect the quality of water in the United States.

1986-87

Resolved: That the federal government should implement a comprehensive long-term agricultural policy in the United States.

1987-88

Resolved: That the United States government should adopt a policy to increase political stability in Latin America.

1988-89

Resolved: That the federal government should implement a comprehensive program to guarantee retirement security for United States citizens over age 65.

1989-90

Resolved: That the federal government should adopt a nationwide policy to decrease overcrowding in prisons and jails in the United States.

1990-91

Resolved: that the United States Government should significantly increase space exploration beyond Earth’s mesosphere.

1991-92

Resolved: That the federal government should significantly increase social services to homeless individuals in the United States.

1992-93

Resolved: That the United States government should reduce worldwide pollution through its trade and/or aid policies.

1993-94

Resolved: That the federal government should guarantee comprehensive national health insurance to all United States citizens.

1994-95

Resolved: That the United States government should substantially strengthen regulation of immigration to the United States.

1995-96

Resolved: That the United States government should substantially change its foreign policy toward the People’s Republic of China.

1996-97

Resolved: That the federal government should establish a program to substantially reduce juvenile crime in the United States.

1997-98

Resolved: That the federal government should establish a policy to substantially increase renewable energy use in the United States.

1998-99

Resolved: That the United States should substantially change its foreign policy toward Russia.

1999-2000

Resolved: That the federal government should establish an education policy to significantly increase academic achievement in secondary schools in the United States.

2000-01

Resolved: That the United States federal government should significantly increase protection of privacy in the United States in one or more of the following areas: employment, medical records, consumer information, search and seizure.

2001-02

Resolved: That the United States federal government should establish a foreign policy significantly limiting the use of weapons of mass destruction.

2002-03

Resolved: That the United States federal government should substantially increase public health services for mental health care in the United States.

2003-04

Resolved: That the United States federal government should establish an ocean policy substantially increasing protection of marine natural resources.

2004-05

Resolved: That the United States federal government should establish a foreign policy substantially increasing its support of United Nations peacekeeping operations.

2005-06

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially decrease its authority either to detain without charge or to search without probable cause.

2006-07

Resolved: The United States federal government should establish a policy substantially increasing the number of persons serving in one or more of the following national service programs: AmeriCorps, Citizen Corps, Senior Corps, Peace Corps, Learn and Serve America, Armed Forces.

2007-08

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its public health assistance to Sub-Saharan Africa.

2008-09

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase alternative energy incentives in the United States.

2009-10

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase social services for persons living in poverty in the United States.

2010-11

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce its military and/or police presence in one or more of the following: South Korea, Japan, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq, Turkey.

2011-12

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its exploration and/or development of space beyond the Earth’s mesosphere.

2012-13

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its transportation infrastructure investment in the United States.

2013-14

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic engagement toward Cuba, Mexico or Venezuela.

2014-15

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its non-military exploration and/or development of the Earth's oceans.

2015-16

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially curtail its domestic surveillance.

2016-17

 

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The United States federal government should substantially curtail its domestic surveillance. The resolution creates the focus of controversy and divides the ground between the affirmative and negative sides. The affirmative side supports the resolution by advocating a specific way to enact the resolution.