The only criterion that belong in policy debate are Net Benefits. Anything else, as far as I can tell, is simply a criterion that the AFF knows it upholds and SQ doesn't, like, "criterion: whoever saves the US more money wins," which is an easy out and gives the negative NO GROUND (unless you want a counterplan debate, lol). A criterion is supposed to be something that both sides agree to, that whoever gets there first (or better) gets the ballot. So, "criterion; whatever is the most net-beneficial thing to do" is generally the only way to go.
Please do us all a favor and reject extraneous criterion making in policy debate.
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I half agree, and half strongly disagree.
The way criteria are used is absolutely ridiculous, (I uphold my criteria of "relations improved" so I should WIN!!!) and should be stopped, its just silly. Net benefits are the point of debate, so using criteria like that is just ignoring the point of debate.
However, there are thousands of times in life when we have two equally good options. For instance, we can spend a million dollars (economic loss) to avert a terrorist threat (threat of nuclear destruction). It's almost impossible to distinguish between the two, because both are worthy goals. That's where the criteria can be a helpful thing to have. If our focus is aimed toward national security, then the spending is put in a different light, and can be viewed in a better manner. How do you weigh apples and oranges when choosing which to eat? It all depends on your personal preference, or bias. Both are about the same size, but it just depends on what your criteria would be. If you want something sour, you'd probably choose the orange, but if you want something sweet, the apple would take precedence. It's merely a way of choosing between two net benefits and determining which is better. Essentially its a bias on what is important to you.
A criterion (when improperly used) is a ridiculous attempt to twist debate and say: "I WIN!!! Yay me!!!"
A criterion (when properly used) is merely a means to determine between two equally beneficial goals.
Oh, come now, Daniel. Your mafia playing habits make you a no-good double-crossing manipulative liar. But I would never call you a jerk!