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February 2010 Released

01/11/10 11:16:14 pm

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Resolved: In the United States, organized political lobbying does more harm than good.

Foreword: I wrote on a topic very similar to this a couple of years ago. It was great to assess this topic again, after Congress has had the opportunity to enact substantial reforms. The topic is coming up now because President Obama’s administration has implemented several policies with the intent of limiting the influence of special interests in D.C. Despite the President’s efforts, lobbyists are stronger than ever as lobbyists have swarmed Capitol Hill to participate in the health care debate that raged through 2009. Evidence is central to this debate as always, but there is a lot of room for analytical arguments and responses which should make it an engaging topic.

Good luck in February, as national qualifying tournaments take place or draw near. If you have any questions, you can contact me on the “Public Forum Debate” Facebook group or send an email to

Michelle Schmit


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