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A

Abortion – Should abortion be legal?

Alternative Energy – Can alternative energy effectively replace fossil fuels?

American Socialism – Should the US become socialist?

Animal Dissection – Should K-12 students dissect animals in science classrooms?

Animal Testing – Should animals be used for scientific or commercial testing?

Artificial Intelligence – Is artificial intelligence good for society?

B

Banned Books – Should parents or other adults be able to ban books from schools and libraries?

Binge-Watching – Is binge-watching good for you?

Bottled Water Ban – Should bottled water be banned?

C

Cancel Culture – Is cancel culture (or callout culture) good for society?

CBD for Pets – Is CBD good for pets?

Cell Phone Radiation – Is cell phone radiation safe?

Churches & Taxes – Should churches (including mosques, synagogues, etc.) remain tax-exempt?

Climate Change – Is human activity primarily responsible for global climate change?

College Education – Is a college education worth it?

Concealed Handguns – Should adults have the right to carry a concealed handgun?

Corporal Punishment – Should corporal punishment be used in K-12 schools?

Corporate Tax Rate – Should the federal corporate income tax rate be raised?

Cuba Embargo – Should the United States maintain its embargo against Cuba?

D

DACA & Dreamers – Are DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and the DREAM Act good for America?

Daylight Saving Time – Should the United States keep daylight saving time?

DC AND Puerto Rico Statehood – Should Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico be granted US statehood?

Death Penalty – Should the death penalty be legal?

Defund the Police – Should police departments be defunded, if not abolished?

Dress Codes – Should Dress Codes Be Implemented and Enforced?

Drinking Age – Should the drinking age be lowered from 21 to a younger age?

Drone Strikes – Should the United States continue its use of drone strikes abroad?

Drug Use in Sports – Should performance-enhancing drugs be accepted in sports?

E

Election Day National Holiday – Should the election day be made a national holiday?

Electoral College – Should the United States use the Electoral College in presidential elections?

Employer Vaccine Mandates – Should employers be able to mandate vaccinations?

Euthanasia & Physician-Assisted Suicide – Should euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide be legal?

F

Felon Voting – Should people who have completed felony sentences be allowed to vote?

Fighting in Hockey – Should fighting be allowed in hockey?

Fracking – Should the United States continue fracking

Free College – Should public college be tuition-free?

G

GMOS – Should genetically modified organisms (GMOs) be grown?

Gold Standard – Should the United States return to a gold standard?

Golf – Is golf a sport?

Gun Control – Should more gun control laws be enacted?

H

Historic Statue Removal – Should historic statues be taken down?

Homework – Is homework beneficial?

I

Illegal Immigration – Should the government allow a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants?

Internet – Is the internet “making us stupid?”

J

K

Kneeling during the National Anthem – Is kneeling during the national anthem an appropriate form of protest?

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M

Mandatory National Service – Should the United States have mandatory national service?

Medical Marijuana – Should marijuana be a medical option?

Milk – Is drinking milk healthy for humans?

Minimum Wage – Should the federal minimum wage be increased?

N

Net Neutrality – Should the US have net neutrality laws?

O

Obesity – Is obesity a disease?

Olympics – Are the Olympic games an overall benefit for their host countries and cities?

OTC Birth Control Pills – Should birth control pills be available over-the-counter (OTC)?

P

Paying College Athletes – Should colleges and universities pay college athletes?

Penny – Should the penny stay in circulation?

Pit Bull Bans – Should breed-specific legislation (“pit bull bans”) be enacted?

Pokémon – Is Pokémon Go good for our society?

Police Body Cameras – Should police officers wear body cameras?

Prescription Drug Costs – Should the US federal government regulate prescription drug prices?

Private Prisons – Should prisons be privatized?

Q

R

Recreational Marijuana – Should recreational marijuana be legal?

Reparations for Slavery – Should the federal government pay reparations to the descendants of slaves?

Right to Healthcare – Should all Americans have the right (be entitled) to health care?

S

Sanctuary Cities – Should sanctuary cities receive federal funding?

Santa Claus – Is there really a Santa Claus?

Saturday Halloween – Should Halloween be moved permanently to Saturday?

School Uniforms – Should students have to wear school uniforms?

School Vouchers – Should states have school voucher programs?

Social Media – Is social media good for society?

Social Security Privatization – Should social security be privatized?

Space Colonization – Should humans colonize space?

Standardized Tests – Do standardized tests improve education in America?

Student Loan Debt – Should student loan debt be eliminated via forgiveness or bankruptcy?

T

Tablets v. Textbooks -Should tablets replace textbooks in K-12 schools?

Teacher Tenure – Should teachers get tenure?

U

Uber & Lyft – Are ride-hailing companies a benefit to society?

Under God in the Pledge – Should the words “under god” be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?

Universal Basic Income (UBI) – Should the United States implement a universal basic income?

US Supreme Court Packing – Should packing the US Supreme Court ever be considered?

V

Vaccines for Kids – Should vaccines be required for children?

Vaping E-Cigarettes – Is vaping e-cigarettes safe?

Vegetarianism – Should people become vegetarian?

Video Games & Violence – Do violent video games contribute to youth violence?

Voting Age – Should the voting age be lowered to 16?

Voting Machines – Do electronic voting machines improve the voting process?

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Y

Z

Zoos – Should zoos exist?

Archived Topics

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ACLU – Is the ACLU good for America?

Big Three Bailout – Should the big three car manufacturers be bailed out by the US government?

Born Gay – Is sexual orientation determined at birth?

College Football Playoffs – Should college football replace the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) with a playoff system?

Dakota Access Pipeline – Should the Dakota Access Pipeline be completed?

D.A.R.E. – Is the D.A.R.E. program good for America’s kids (K-12)?

Gay Marriage – Should gay marriage be legal?

Congressional Insider Trading – Should insider trading by Congress be allowed?

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict – What are the solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

Obamacare – Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) good for America?

President Bill Clinton – Was Bill Clinton a good president?

President Ronald Reagan – Was Ronald Reagan a good president?

Presidential Election, 2008 – Which candidate would make the best US president?

Presidential Election, 2012 – Which candidate should be US president in 2012?

Presidential Election, 2016 – The candidates and where they stand on the issues

Presidential Election, 2020 – 2020 Presidential Election Site

Prostitution – Should prostitution be legal?

US Drone Shot down by Iran – Was the US drone shot down by Iran over international waters?

US-Iraq War – Should the US have attacked Iraq?

WTC Muslim Center – Is it appropriate to build a muslim community center (aka the ”ground zero mosque”) near the World Trade Center site?