Policy Debate/Stock Issues

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The meat of a policy debate comes from the stock issues. To easily remember the stock issues, debaters often use the acronym "SHITS."

How significant is the problem that you are trying to remedy through your interpretation of the resolution?
What is the harm itself? Are people dying? Is the economy in recession?
What is inherent in the status quo that prevents your problem from already being solved?
Does your case fall within the topic? Does your case meet the parameters of the resolution?
Does your plan actually solve the problem?