I just came up with a really wacky argument for this fall.
Link: Aff fiats Congress to pass this plan NOW.
Link2: We're in a lame duck session right now.
Link3: Many senators and representatives have already been voted out
Impact: No accountability to the people.
Impact2: Something about aff plan undermining accountability or democracy.
Like Danny said, "fiat power." I think when it comes to political capital DA's and this argument, the team running the argument is confused about fiat power.
For me, fiat power is simply the assumption that the plan would come into existence, not necessarily that we force a certain number of Congressmen to vote for the bill. Fiat takes the debate into the realm of "should" not "would", and I don't think political capital DA's operate under that same framework, per se.
People arguing a tix/policap disad don't say that you don't have the fiat power to pass this. They say, once it's passed, we look at the results, just like any disad. When the plan says "Congress shall pass," that necessitates Congresspeople voting for it. It's reasonable to assume it's a unanimous vote, too, since having the aff A. fiat individual congressmen or B. say in the 2AC/1AR "Oh, it's ok, we didn't say we'd fiat THAT person" is abusive to the neg and skews disad ground.
Everything that happens post-fiat is disad ground, potentially. Aff can't say "We fiat that this ground won't be disad ground"
As far as "should vs would" again, it's not a solvency argument. Your plan will go into effect. But should it? Here's a list of bills that are likely to fail if your plan is passed, and that's bad.
The subject of this thread is even simpler, since it deals with arguments that are easier to brink. The aff becomes Congress/has control of Congress when they pass their plan. Their plan is passed in a lame duck session. Mpx of accountability since, in all likelihood, a significant number of Congresspeople, through retirement, (forced or otherwise) won't be returning after January 2011.
Dang, we really don't agree on anything around here, do we?