My knee-jerk reactions to the TP resolutions:Agricultural policy: Eh, no.
I liked this resolution upon first glance, but then I realized how skewed AFF this is if you pick the right case. There's lots of discussion to be had, and I don't think the year will be boring by the end of the year at all, should this resolution be picked - but it's too one-sided of a resolution for my liking. Although I have my issues with it, I do, however, find that I wouldn't mind too much if this option were picked.Federal courts: Probably the best.
I do see plenty of overlap from CJS year, but I don't really care seeing as how I didn't debate that year, and I don't think it's that much of a stretch to say that most who will be debating next year also didn't. With this resolution, there's certainly no shortage of literature, and no ideas come to mind that are unbeatable like ethanol subsidies (though one probably exists
). I find this rez quite similar to election law, in that it's not something that excites everyone initially but still turns out quite fun and enjoyable (at least it did for me).Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid: PLEASE NO.
I get that judge bias never really turns out to be as large a deal as people are worried about at the start of the year, but this is on a while different level than even voter ID and Iran Sanctions were. I will feel sorry for people in places like Texas who have to go against the beliefs of conservative judges with a topic as politically charged as entitlement programs. While Social Security, Medicare, and Medicare are extremely important issues, that doesn't mean they translate into a good homeschool debate topic, and I don't think they will.
B is a little better than A, both of which are far superior to C.
Barndt/Barndt | TACT, R10 | 2012-13
Barndt/Barndt | TACT, R10 | 2013-14
Barndt/Barndt | TACT, R10 | 2014-15
Barndt/Blacklock | Arete, R10 | 2015-16
Barndt/Cuddeback | 2016-17
I'm inclined to think like Andrew does.