Parli

1B. US sanctions on Iran have done more harm than good.

2A. Wealthy countries have a greater ethical obligation to end the poverty of their own citizens.

2B. Violent revolution is a just response to political oppression.

3A. US Border Control should end the practice of catch and release.

3B. The USFG should abolish the US Immigration and Custom Enforcement Agency (ICE)

4A. The state of California should fund four years of in-state college education for all current California residents.

4B. California school districts should prioritize raising teacher’s salaries over reducing class sizes.

Resolutions and topic areas are drafted by writers outside of CFL, then vetted by the CFL Topic Committee (as per XV.4.C). Round 3 of each league tournament will have a pre-announced topic area. The topic area will be announced on this page the Thursday prior to the weekend prior to the tournament (that is, 8-10 days ahead of time).

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2/28-29/2020 CFL State Quals

Round 3 Topic Area: Global Health Issues

Round 4 Topic Area: Wealth Inequality

1/25/2020 CFL SuperDebate 2

Round 3 Topic Area: Outer Space Policy

Resolution Writers: Sam Timinsky, Virginia Kerr, James Gooler-Rogers

OPEN

1A. The USFG should end subsidies for oil and natural gas production.

1B. The USFG should implement a 2% tax on household wealth above $50 million.

2A. The European Union should ban beef imports from Brazil.

2B. The USFG should remove its restrictions on 5G technology produced by Huawei and its subsidiaries.

3A. The USFG should fund the development of mines for rare earth elements on the Earth's moon.

3B. International cooperation should be prioritized over national security concerns in space development

4A. The USFG should substantially increase its funding for the development of permanent storage facilities for nuclear waste.

4B. The USFG should enact a permanent moratorium on drilling new oil and natural gas wells.

JV

1A. The USFG should substantially increase the corporate tax rate.

1B. The USFG should implement a carbon tax.

2A. The USFG should end its embargo on Cuba.

2B. The USFG should substantially reduce its tariffs on imports from the Peoples’ Republic of China.

3A. Government-run space programs are preferable to privately-run space programs.

3B. The USFG should establish permanent human colonies on Mars.

4A. The USFG should substantially increase its funding for the construction of hydroelectric dams.

4B. The USFG should substantially increase investment in utility-scale battery technology.

12/7/2019 CFL Novice Debate

Round 3 Topic Area: Non-State Actor Violence

Resolution Writers: Virginia Kerr, Sam Timinsky, James Gooler-Rogers

1. The USFG should substantially increase funding for drug treatment programs.

2. The USFG should significantly increase its regulation of hate speech on the internet.

3. The USFG should prioritize combating domestic extremist groups over foreign extremist groups.

11/16/2019 CFL CX/Parli

Round 3 Topic Area: South American Politics

Resolution Writers: James Gooler-Rogers, Sam Timinsky, Virginia Kerr

OPEN

1. The State of California should substantially reduce zoning restrictions near major transit lines and job centers to increase the density of housing.

2. Prioritizing STEM education over arts and humanities education in K-12 schools does more harm than good.

3. The Republic of Chile should implement a universal basic income.

4. The People’s Republic of China should significantly increase the value of the Chinese yuan.

JV

1. The State of California should substantially increase funding for construction of affordable housing projects.

2. Private schools do more harm than good.

3. Canada should send humanitarian aid to Bolivia.

4. The State of Japan should significantly increase its investment in geothermal energy.

10/20/2019 CFL SuperDebate 1

Round 3 Topic Area: US Foreign Military Aid

Resolution Writers: Sam Timinsky, Virginia Kerr

OPEN

1A. The USFG should significantly increase subsidies for the purchase of electric vehicles.

1B. The Federal Republic of Germany should mandate end-to-end encryption for all messaging services.

2A. The USFG should enact a federal jobs guarantee.

2B. The state of California should significantly increase property taxes.

3A. The USFG should end all arms sales to Israel.

3B. The USFG should end all military aid to Turkey.

4A. State universities in the United States should end automatic admission for students based on their rank in their high school graduating class.

4B. The EU should significantly decrease trade protections for agricultural products.

JV

1A. The USFG should ban the production and sale of electronic cigarettes.

1B. The Government of Brazil should significantly increase its environmental protections.

2A. The USFG should enact a universal basic income.

2B. The state of Washington should institute an income tax.

3A. The USFG should end all arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

3B. The USFG should end all military aid to Ukraine.

4A. The USFG should enact a policy to significantly increase legal immigration to the US.

4B. The US Senate should ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

3/1-2/2019 CFL State Quals

Round 3 Topic Area: Chinese Foreign Policy

Round 4 Topic Area: Economic Agenda of the Democratic Party

1A. The USFG should significantly increase its offensive military capabilities in space.

1B. On balance, the development of nuclear weapons have reduced conflict.

2A. The State of California should fully fund the construction of a high-speed rail line from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

2B. The State of California should convert Pacific Gas and Electric Company to a publicly-owned utility.

3A. The increasing role of the People’s Republic of China in global governance will do more good than harm for Asian countries.

3B. The People’s Republic of China should end its military aid to Pakistan.

4A. The Democratic Party should embrace democratic socialism.

4B. When in conflict, The Democratic Party’s policies should prioritize rural issues over urban issues.

5A. The USFG should replace the Affordable Care Act with Medicare for All.

5B. The USFG should end agricultural subsidies to commercial farms.

E1. Permanent UN Security Council membership does more harm than good.

1/26/2019 CFL Super Debate

Round 3 Topic Area: US Immigration and Border Policy

Resolution Writers: Meera Keskar, Javin Pombra, Neeraj Sharma

1A. The Trump administration’s diplomacy with the North Korea has done more good than harm.

12/1/2018 CFL Novice Debate

Round 3 Topic Area: Space Exploration

Resolution Writers: Meera Keskar, Javin Pombra, Neeraj Sharma

1. The United States Federal Government should enact a carbon tax.

2. NATO should add Ukraine as a member state.

3. The United States Federal Government should significantly increase its efforts to send a manned mission to Mars.

11/4/2018 CFL Policy/Parli

Round 3 Topic Area: 2018 California Ballot Propositions

Resolution Writers: Meera Keskar, Javin Pombra, Neeraj Sharma

1. The United Nations should impose sanctions on Myanmar.

2. Western foreign aid to Latin American countries has caused more harm than good.

3. The state of California should pass Proposition 10.

4. The United States federal government should grant amnesty to all undocumented immigrants currently residing in the United States.

10/21/2018 CFL Super Debate

Round 3 Topic Area: US Policy in Africa

Resolution Writers: Meera Keskar, Javin Pombra, Neeraj Sharma

OPEN

1A. The United States Federal Government should sanction Saudi Arabia due to its alleged killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

1B. The United States Federal Government should end its Treaty of Amity with Iran.

2A. The DC Court of Appeals should rule to uphold the AT&T- Time Warner merger.

2B. The USFG should require private companies to erase personal data upon request by the data subject.

3A. USFG should significantly increase its humanitarian presence in Cameroon.

3B. USFG should provide aid to support the South Sudan peace deal.

4A. When in conflict, Governments ought to prioritize maintaining diplomatic relations over protecting human rights.

4B. When in conflict, intergovernmental organizations ought to prioritize fighting climate change over stopping human rights abuses.

JV

1A. The United States Federal Government should impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia.

1B. Ceasing support for all non-state military groups would do more good than harm for Iran.

2A. The United States Federal Government should impose new regulations on data privacy.

2B. USFG should impose regulations on government backdoor access to personal electronic devices.

3A. UN should withdraw all peacekeepers from Sudan.

3B. USFG should ban trophy hunting on African animal reserves

4A. The West ought to prioritize promoting democracy over preserving national sovereignty.

4B. When in conflict, developing countries should prioritize the environment over domestic industry.

3/2-3/2018 CFL State Quals

Round 3 Topic Area: EU Border Control

Round 4 Topic Area: US Emissions Regulation

Resolution writers: Dallas Phillips and Karthik Konath

1. The USFG should substantially increase its military presence in Syria.

2. The imposition of tariffs on imports of foreign steel will do more harm than good.

3. The EU should end the Schengen Area.

4. The USFG should institute a carbon tax.

5. The USFG should significantly increase the federal income tax rates for those who earn over $200,000

E1. The USFG should legalize the sale of marijuana for recreational use

2/25/2018 CFL Parli/PF

Topic areas: Space Exploration for JV and China's Foreign Policy for varsity (announced 2/21/2018)

Resolution writers: Meera Keskar, Ming Qian

OPEN

1. The USFG should significantly expand oil drilling operations in the Arctic circle

2. The parliamentary form of government is better than the presidential form of government.

3. China should substantially increase its military presence in the South China Sea

4. The USFG should ban human genetic engineering.

JV

1. The USFG should significantly increase funding for the domestic production of nuclear energy

2. California’s contracts with private prisons do more harm than good.

3. The USFG should significantly increase funding towards manned missions to Mars

4. The USFG should implement a Universal Basic Income for citizens of the United States

1/20/2018 CFL Super Debate

Topic areas: Drones for JV and Yemen for varsity (announced 1/14/2018)

Resolution writers: Meera Keskar and Spencer Dembner

OPEN

1. The USFG should commit to a withdrawal timetable for its military personnel in Iraq

2. The tax deduction for residential mortgages has done more harm than good.

3. The USFG should cut off military aid to Saudi Arabia

4. The USFG should end all funding for state-level high-speed rail projects.

JV

1A. The rise of cryptocurrencies has done more harm than good.

1B. Current US subsidies to nuclear plants do more harm than good.

2A. California should establish a single-payer healthcare system.

2B. The UN Security Council should increase sanctions on North Korea

3A. The USFG should end drone-based targeted killings

3B. The USFG should ban the use of drones in private security

4A. The USFG should significantly increase the highest marginal rate for individual income tax.

4B. The USFG should significantly increase investment in self-driving vehicles

1. The USFG should significantly increase funding for education voucher programs.

2. The USFG ought to value skill based immigration over family based immigration.

3. The USFG should significantly increase aid to the government of Belarus.

4. The USFG should significantly increase sanctions on Venezuela.

5. The California state legislature should end its high speed rail project.

E1. The USFG should significantly increase naval deployments to the South China Sea.

12/2/2017 CFL Novice Debate

Topic area: Transportation Infrastructure (announced 11/28/2017)

Resolution writer: Ming Qian

1. Free trade does more harm than good.

2. TUSFG should impose significant economic sanctions on North Korea.

3. TUSFG should significantly increase the federal gas tax to increase the budget of the Highway Trust Fund.

10/22/2017 CFL Super Debate

Topic areas: Education for JV and Tax Reform for open (announced 10/16/2017)

Resolution writers: Karthik Konath, Spencer Dembner, and Henry Tolchard

JV:

1A. Presidential pardons do more harm than good.

1B. Tax cuts are good for economic growth.

2A. The USFG should significantly increase funding for the establishment of new nuclear reactors in the continental United States.

2B. The USFG should take significant military action against North Korea to curtail its nuclear weapons program.

3A. California should withdraw from the Common Core.

3B. The USFG should significantly increase funding to school-voucher programs.

4A. California should abolish the death penalty.

4B. The USFG should raise the federal minimum wage to $12 per hour.

OPEN:

1A. The USFG should substantially reduce its military presence in Afghanistan.

1B. The USFG should take significant action to assist in the establishment of an independent Kurdish state.

2A. The USFG ought to prioritize deterrence over cooperation in its relations with the People’s Republic of China.

2B. A US preemptive first strike against North Korea would do more harm than good.

3A. The USFG should significantly decrease its corporate income tax rate.

3B. The USFG should substantially increase the estate tax.

4A. The USFG should adopt a single payer healthcare system.

4B. The USFG should make community colleges tuition-free.

3/3-4/2017 CFL State Quals @ Leland

Topic areas (announced 2/22/2017)

Round 3: US Policy in Latin America (Venezuela, Cuba)

Round 4: US Policy in Eastern Europe (Ukraine, Belarus)

1A. The EU should significantly increase the number of refugees it accepts.

1B. The Parliament of the UK should ignore the referendum and remain in the European Union.

2A. The University of California system should admit significantly fewer out-of-state students to its universities.

2B. The National Labor Relations Board should establish the ability for student-athletes to unionize.

3A. On balance, broken windows policing has done more harm than good.

3B. On balance, plea bargains do more harm than good.

4A. The USFG should ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

4B. The USFG should grant amnesty to Edward Snowden.

1/28/2017 CFL Super Debate

Topic Areas: Healthcare for JV and US Trade Policy for open (announced 1/21/2017)

Resolution writers: Karthik Konath and Ivy Ziedrich

JV:

1A. Lifting all sanctions on Russia would do more harm than good.

1B. The removal of Bashar al-Assad from power in Syria would do more good than harm.

2A. The USFG should significantly increase its intake of refugees from the Middle East and North Africa.

2B. The USFG should implement a Universal Basic Income.

3A. The USFG should significantly increase federal funding to Planned Parenthood.

3B. The USFG should replace Obamacare.

4A. California should ban charter schools.

4B. The USFG should make voting mandatory.

OPEN:

1A. The USFG should significantly increase funding for infrastructure maintenance.

1B. The USFG should mandate vaccinations for all children except for those with medical exemptions.

2A. The USFG should increase taxation on capital gains.

2B. The Federal Reserve should significantly raise interest rates.

3A. The USFG should withdraw from NAFTA.

3B. The USFG should significantly increase tariffs on imports from China.

4A. Brexit will do more harm than good to the British economy.

4B. Instigating violence against neo-Nazis does more harm than good.

12/3/2016 CFL Novice Debate

Topic Area: Electoral College (announced 11/27/2016)

Resolution writer: Nadia Cochinwala

1. On balance, drone strikes in Pakistan have done more harm than good.

2. The USFG should adopt a single payer health care system.

3. On balance, the electoral college does more harm than good.

10/23/2016 CFL Super Debate @ Milpitas

Topic Areas: Climate Change for JV and Arctic Circle for open (announced 10/13/2016)

Resolution writers: Karthik Konath, Nadia Cochinwala, Ivy Ziedrich

JV:

1. The USFG should institute compulsory voting laws for federal elections.

2. The California State Legislature should end its High Speed Rail program.

3. The USFG should enact a national carbon tax.

4. In deterring crime, rehabilitation is more effective than retribution.

OPEN:

1. The United States Federal Government should establish a no-fly zone in Syria.

2. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has done more harm than good.

3. The Arctic Council should pass a binding treaty to significantly reduce resource extraction in the Arctic Circle by its member countries

4. The Federal Reserve should raise interest rates by at least 0.5%.

10/14/2016 CFL Novice Debate @ Cupertino

Topic Area: Gun Regulation (announced 10/07/2016)

Resolution writer: Henry Tolchard

1. The United States Federal Government should significantly increase its military engagement in Syria.

2. The USFG ought to value environmental protection over resource extraction

3. The United States Federal Government should ban all assault weapons in the United States.

9/25/2016 CFL PF/Parli @ Santa Clara

Topic Areas: Alternative Energy for JV and Criminal Justice Reform for open (announced 9/19/2016)

Resolution writers: Karthik Konath, Ivy Ziedrich, Basil Abushama, Sierra Maciorowski

JV:

1A. Rehabilitation ought to be valued over retribution in the United States criminal justice system.

1B. Accountability ought to be valued over privacy in instances in which police shoot a civilian.

2A. Self-driving cars will do more harm than good.

2B. Editing of the human genome will do more harm than good.

3A. The USFG should substantially increase funding for nuclear reactor construction in the United States.

3B. The USFG should substantially increase funding for hydroelectric power development in the United States.

4A. The USFG should significantly increase the number of airstrikes it carries out against the Islamic State.

4B. The USFG should grant amnesty to Edward Snowden.

OPEN:

2/26-27/2016 CFL State Quals @ Leland High School

Round 3 Topic Area: taxes on wealth (announced 2/18/2016)

Round 4 Topic Area: agricultural subsidies (announced 2/18/2016)

Resolution writers: James Rogers, Trevor Greenan, Miguel Samano, Armand Domalewski, Artem Raskin

1. The US federal government should ban US arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

2. The imposition of sanctions on Russia by the US and EU has done more harm than good.

3. The US federal government should create an annual tax on net financial wealth.

4. The US federal government should end ethanol subsidies.

5. California should ban the extraction of water for out-of-state usage.

E1. In the US, primaries are a better method of selecting presidential nominees than are caucuses.

E2. When these two goals are in conflict, ending the Syrian Civil War quickly should be prioritized over removing Assad from power.

1/24/2016 CFL @ Milpitas High School

Topic Area: BRICS (announced 1/15/2016)

Resolution writers: James Rogers, Ivy Ziedrich, Artem Raskin, Dustin Tao

1A. International sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran did more harm than good.

1B. OPEC’s decision to not cut oil production quotas did more harm than good for member states.

2A1. The US federal government should increase federal minimum wage to $15 per hour.

2A2. The US federal government should tax carbon dioxide emissions.

2B. The US federal government should significantly increase the capital gains tax.

3A. BRICS countries are more likely to cause a global economic crisis than the EU is.

3B. BRICS countries should deploy currency from the Contingent Reserve Arrangement to stabilize the Ruble.

4. The US federal government should ban the appointment of municipal emergency managers by state governments.

12/6/2015 CFL Novice @ Washington High School

Topic Area: changes in NATO membership (announced 11/27/2015)

Resolution writers: James Rogers, Dustin Tao

1. The North American Free Trade Agreement did more harm than good.

2. Developing countries should prioritize environmental protection over resource extraction when the two are in conflict.

3. The North Atlantic Council should expel Turkey from NATO

10/25/2015 CFL @ Milpitas High School

Topic Area: US transportation infrastructure (announced 10/17/2015)

Resolution writers: James Rogers, Karthik Konath

1. Uber has done more harm than good.

2. California public high schools ought to prioritize a higher minimum standard of education over maximizing opportunities for advanced students.

3. The US federal government should substantially increase development of high speed rail systems.

4. The US federal government should substantially increase the use of nuclear power plants.

10/16/2015 CFL Novice @ Cupertino High School

Topic Area: Syrian Civil War (announced 10/8/2015)

Resolution writer: James Rogers

1. The US use of drones in combat has done more harm than good.

2. The US federal government should significantly increase its military presence in Afghanistan.

3. The US program of arming Syrian rebels has done more harm than good.

10/4/2015 CFL @ Gunn High School

Topic Area: US trade agreements (announced 9/24/2015)

Resolution writers: James Rogers, Karthik Konath

1A. California’s minimum wage increase to $9 per hour did more harm than good.

1B. The NATO-led intervention in Afghanistan did more harm than good.

2A (open). The Kurdistan Regional Government should declare independence from Iraq.

2A (JV). The US federal government should send ground troops to Iraq to combat ISIS.

2B (open). The US federal government should significantly increase protections for whistleblowers.

2B (JV). The US federal government should significantly increase gun control.

3A. The US federal government should withdraw from negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

3B. The US federal government should withdraw from negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

4A. The US federal government should prioritize the pursuit of national security objectives above the digital privacy of its citizens.

4B. The California State Government should significantly reduce its use of private prisons.