May 18 marked the third quarter in a row that the University of Washington's main political clubs (YAL, College Republicans, Young Democrats and the International Socialist Organization) got together to discuss their views on certain policies. This quarter, the forum actually replaced the decades-old CR/YD debate tradition.
The topic? "Addressing the Deficit." Keeping it broad, each group had a chance to discuss their own position on the topic and their desired policies, and then the floor opened for Q/A.
General ideas from each of the groups:
Young Americans for Liberty: Rethink tax policies/loopholes, cut spending by hundreds of billions of dollars, and question all graphs/government statistics.
College Republicans: Follow Rep. Ryan's proposal, end loopholes, keep policies local.
Young Democrats: End loopholes, have a progressive tax and focus on sustainable energy, education, etc.
Socialists: It is the government's responsibility to care for its people, so we shouldn't be making cuts to social services like Planned Parenthood, Social Security, etc. The rich/poor gap is astounding -- there is room for more taxation.