Economic Position Paper
Your assignment for this semester will be to write a passionate position paper on a global or domestic economic issue. What do I mean by passionate? Write about a topic that gets your thoughts flowing, either for or against this subject. When you take a position on either side of the issue, you must be willing to stand up for your decision, so think about the topic carefully.
The idea of a position paper requires you to defend a particular thesis on a controversial and important topic in such a way as to convince an informed, rational, intelligent, but highly dubious reader that the position is the correct one.
With a position paper, you must utilize critical thinking skills, to analyze and evaluate a position that you have taken. You must construct arguments throughout your paper and make the ties between factual information and the conclusion that the facts are intended to support. Remember that you must link every sentence in your paper to your position statement to build a strong argument.
Below is an outline that will assist you in constructing your argument:
Build a single declarative sentence which states the position (thesis) clearly, precisely, and succinctly.
“Returning to the Gold Standard will increase U.S economic growth.”
“A Balanced Budget will create prosperity for the U.S. economy.”
“Our Current fiscal policies will eventually result in severe inflation.”
“Tax avoidance will be eliminated with a flat tax.”
“The Federal Reserve is ripping off the American consumer.”
“Food Stamps made people lazy and unwilling to work.”