Disagree: USA’s Role as World’s Police

The United States of America does not have any right to act as the world’s police.  Who gives America the power to decide when to interfere with others foreign affairs that are clearly not within their jurisdiction.  People within the America and even people outside the it oppose the idea that the they have the right to and should use their military and financial powers in order to act as the world’s policeman.  The financial costs and negative impact that comes with this role is the reason that America should not and can not act as the police for this modern world society.

The United States of America already has enough problems of their own when it comes to money.  The current global economic crisis means that America has less financial power to use as leverage.  If the USA continues to act as the world police, then they will continue to drive themselves further into debt as the cost associated with this role is extremely high.  Additionally, U.S. soldiers are put into harm’s way when the U.S. decides that is is necessary to interfere with affairs that should not be meddled with by them alone.  Furthermore, not only American soldiers injured and killed during this operations, but civilians are often killed during these missions.  Money and human lives should not be wasted so frivolously.

The views of the people within these countries should also be considered.  Many people in other countries have conflicting or different values from the U.S., and America needs to learn that the rights and values of other governments and civilians should be respected.  In addition, who gives the U.S. the power to act as the world’s police and enforce whatever they see as right?  The U.S. is bound to make wrong decisions, for instance when they armed and financed Saddam Hussein.  If the United States of America continues to act as the world police, it will likely result in an increase in an already growing issue, regarding the  anti-American sentiment that has started to spread around the world.  The United States of America needs to stop acting as the world’s police because no one has granted them with this power, other countries and people do things differently, and more problems have been created rather than solved.

The USA’s role as the world’s police should simply not exist.  The financial and military pressures that this puts on a country is unnecessary.  Also, the U.S. should respect the rights of others and allow them to maintain their own control and values.  No one has granted America the power or control to take this role upon themselves, thus they should not act as the world’s police without the consent of others.  If this is not done, anti-Americanism will continue to increase further.  The United States of America should tend to their own issues instead of creating more problems within the world’s society by acting as a global policeman.

Agree: Social Security Privatization

Social security should be privatized because it produces many benefits for our society.  The privatization of social security would enable poorer people a chance to retire wealthy, and it would allow people to compensate for the inevitable benefit cuts that will be made in the current system.  Also, billions of dollars will be put into the economy through corporate investments which would lead to an economic stimulus.  Social security privatization will provide many advantages over the current system in the short and long run.

The privatization of social security would enable poorer people a better chance at retiring wealthy.  Americans that live near the poverty line struggle everyday just to make ends meet.  Very few people in the lower-middle class have the available funds to build up a stable retirement account.  Currently, the social security payments that retirees receive are at or below the poverty line; the money earned through social security benefits based on what a person pays is less than that earned through a standard passport savings account.  With the addition of private social security accounts, people would have more options of how to invest their funds, which would include stocks, bonds, real estate, as well as other wealth accumulating assets.  Poorer people would have the same choices as wealthier ones, which would enable them to increase their chances of being able to retire in a better state of affairs; the privatization of social security accounts makes this choice a reality.

Additionally, private social security accounts will make up for the inevitable failure and benefit cuts that the current system will have to make.  The current social security system revolves around current workers paying for the benefits of current retirees.  As the baby boomers generation continues to reach retirement and the life span increases, the number of workers will diminish while the number of retirees will increase.  This system is unsustainable if it continues down the same path; taxes will have to rise or benefits will need to be cut for our society’s social security system to avoid failure.  Private accounts would allow for a larger accumulation of funds in retirees’ accounts, which would compensate them for the benefit cuts.  Furthermore, the stock market would get an boost with private social security accounts; more money would be allowed to flow into the stock market, leading to an economic stimulus .  Privatization of social security is necessary to repair the current system, so that its’ failure is not inevitable.

Private social security accounts would allow for the change that our society needs to make.  The current system is approaching failure; privatization can resolve its issues.  Poorer individuals will be given a change to retire wealthy, and the economy will receive a much needed boost from the addition of funds from private accounts.  The privatization of social security is a necessary step in resolving issues and creating changes that will be of great benefit.