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Paper Guidelines

Assignment Instructions:

You should find three sources that are about the Social Security System or a perceived needed change in some aspect of the Social Security System. Use these sources to fulfill the following instructions:

Paper Content:

Your paper should include the following features:

  • It should contain an argument. For example, it is not enough just to describe the Social Security System. You should make an argument about why the Social Security System should or should not be privatized. The answer to this question will depend on the opinion you form after researching information about this topic. The debate is one centering on whether government should plan for some of your income needs or whether it is better for taxpayers to make their own decisions concerning retirement income.
  • When you are developing your argument, think of your reader as a person who will listen to reason, but who needs very good reasons in order to be persuaded, since s/he is inclined to disagree with you. If you think, for example, that the government should privatize the Social Security System, imagine your reader to be someone whom rather thinks the government should remain in control of the Social Security System: s/he will need to hear very good arguments from you, if s/he is to change her mind.
  • It should use some economic concepts, something you have learned in this class. This does not mean that you have to use graphs or algebra—although you may if you want. Rather it means that you need to show that economic ideas can be useful in thinking about real-world problems.

Paper Format

  • The paper should be 4 pages typed with a 12 point font and double spaced.
  • Papers will be written using the MLA style. There are specific guidelines for documenting your information. You will collect information, put that information in your own words and then tell the reader (me) where you got that information.
  • If you are not familiar with the MLA format you can go to the Writing and Research Center upstairs the library for in-person advise. You can also obtain information on-line by going to the HVCC homepage and follow the library link. Here is a link that will bring you to the basics of proper documentation.”
  • You must use at minim