My topic is important to me because welfare drug testing has been a popular topic, especially lately. I think that it is something that should be considered by the entire country. It isn’t something that really impacts me directly, but it will once I start paying taxes. As taxpayers of this nation, working people shouldn’t have to give up their money to give to drug addicts who don’t work. One of the issues that I have with people against drug testing welfare applicants is that they say it singles out a group of people. I disagree with this, because lots of different people are on welfare and could be subject to these tests. Also, if someone applies for a job that they are going have to work at to get paid, they might be asked to submit a drug test. So why if that is the case should people not have to take drug tests to not work and collect checks from the government?
For my research paper I have decided to write about a controversial issue, which is drug testing welfare recipients. One problem that I might have trouble with is the opinions on my topic and keeping my essay factual. There are a lot of people that have opinions on this topic so I have to make sure that the sources that I use are more fact based then opinion based. It will be a challenge for me to identify which sources are credible and make sure I don’t just use the ones that support my view with opinions and not facts.
CLAIM: “I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed, is, at a year old, a most delicious
nourishing and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I
make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricasie, or a ragoust.”
Support #1: “For first, as I have already observed, it would greatly lessen the number of
Papists, with whom we are yearly over-run”
Warrant #1: There would be less beggers in the streets.
Warrant #2 The overpopulation problem is very expensive and if there were less of them it would save money.
Support #2: “The poorer tenants will have something valuable of their own”
Warrant #3: Since poor people don’t have many things of value, this would give them a valuable asset.
Warrant #4: If poor people start getting money they will have a chance to turn their lives around and stimulate the economy.
My thoughts: I enjoyed the comedy aspect of this proposal, simply because of how ridiculous of a concept it is. The fact that this man actually thought of this is sickening. However, he clearly states his claim and uses supports and warrants throughout his proposal to back up his ideas. He is a very persuasive man and I think that this piece was very effective in backing up his claim.
My best writing skill, in my opinion, is that I can write for a long time once I get started. I’m not the type of person that thinks about what I am going to write. I do a better job when I just think of an idea and kind of run with it. I don’t necessarily always do this, but I think my best writing comes when I am just typing and not really thinking about what the next thing that I am going to say is.
As far as writing weaknesses go, I know that I have a few. My biggest weakness is probably my attention to details, or lack there of. Often when I am writing a story I forget to throw in details about the people in my stories. My English 101 teacher helped me notice this and get better at it, but I know that it is an area in which I need to improve in.
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