Quarter-Final: “This House would tax the church.”

Bayley and Raffi as well as Kevin and I broke! We were ready to debate about econ and churches. Or so we thought.

Bayley and Raffi were on Gov, and they interpreted the resolution very literally. They said that they would tax the top 50% of churches without tax-exempt status. The plan very conveniently dodged the idea of tax burden on churches that couldn’t afford it.

Kevin and I were opp, and the government took a more creative approach to it. They interpreted “tax” as “to stress”, rather than the straight-up taxation idea. They then said the Pope would tax the Catholic Church by having priests go out and speaking at events outside the church once a month. They said this would help rectify any sort of disenfranchisement that the Catholic church is experiencing. We said that the plan doesn’t reach the already disenfranchised, since they wouldn’t go to events.

Unfortunately, we found out that both of us lost these rounds, so St. Olaf has officially been knocked out of the tournament. Fortunately, that gives us theĀ privilege of watching the rounds of the people that are winning, so we’ll get some good learning experiences out of it.

– Alex


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