March 2009 Issue: Global Economic Outlook
Foreword: We've gone through the world, so I just moved down the list of last year's NFL national tournament round topics. I picked the topic that everyone wants to hear about right now anyway: the world economy. Unfortunately, the economy is sagging. This means a lot of economics speeches will look the same. The key to differentiating yourself in these rounds is how well you can explain it. Understanding the theory is imperative. So this month, I took a more theoretical approach. First, we will examine the tools governments have to handle recessions. Second, we have to understand the credit crunch that caused the global slowdown. Third, we'll take a look at the theories of Thomas Malthus and the economics of Africa. Finally, we need to study the rise of the Chinese model in the international community.
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Resolved: That the Employee Free Choice Act of 2009 serves the best interest of the American people.
Foreword: The Employee Free Choice Act was re-introduced to the U.S. Congress on March 10, 2009 for consideration (it had been voted down in previous sessions of Congress). The Act would amend the existing National Labor Relations Act which regulates the professional relationship between labor unions and employers. The EFCA proposes three substantial changes to the status quo; the elimination of the secret ballot, mandatory interest arbitration, and higher penalties for employer violations of the NLRA. The purpose of the legislation is to re-balance the relationship; tipping the balance of power in favor of labor unions to correct for the perceived abuses of corporations. Does the bill live up to its name?
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