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Summary: Policy debaters must have a solid understanding of the history of the year’s topic of study. The purpose of this article is to give competitors the underlying knowledge of that history.
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Policy debaters must have a solid understanding of the history of the year’s topic of study. The purpose of this article is to give competitors the underlying knowledge of that history while relating it to the following resolution:
“Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reform its transportation policy.”
This year’s Stoa resolution calls our attention to federal transportation policies. It’s a topic that is often in the news and that has substantial impact on our everyday lives, since most of us use some form of transportation almost every day.
The US Constitution mentions a federal role in building “post roads” along with its responsibility for operating a post office in Article 1 Section 8 Clause 7. Many forms of transportation operate across state lines or international boundaries and fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government in its authority to regulate interstate and foreign commerce in Article 1 Section 8 Clause 3. And even in transportation occurring locally, the federal government often has a say in it by conditions it places on funding grants given to the States to pay for their local transportation infrastructure.
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