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Unformatted text preview: companies, domestic
and foreign alike, compete for my business,
than when only 10 domestic companies
compete for it. Free trade is the policy that
maximizes choice for the consumer. It
guarantees high quality goods at reasonable
prices. other goods produced in other countries. In other words,
free trade exists among the states of the United States, but Mike Saunders, Spring
Valley High School Debate
Team not among countries of the world. Do you think there should
be free trade among countries, as there is among states? The
issue has both opponents and proponents.
One day in November, two high school debate teams met
and debated the issue of free trade. The question before
each team was, Is free trade the best policy for the United
States? Here is what four of the debaters, two from each
team, had to say. Alycyn Waldrop, Addison
High School Debate Team
hen I go to the store to buy something
new, whether it be a pair of running
shoes or a portable telephone, I want to buy
the best product for the lowest price. That’s
my objective, plain and simple. I have a better chance of meeting that objective living in
a world of free trade than living in a world
where countries impose tariffs and quotas
on each other’s goods. Free trade maximizes
competition, which is what guarantees me
the highest quality goods at the lowest possible price.
Suppose there are 40 running shoe
companies in the world, 10 in the United
States and 30 in other countries. Am I, as a
consumer, better off if all 40 companies sell W 458 Unit V Trade and Investment f every country in the world practiced free
trade, then perhaps free trade would be
the best policy for the United States. But
that’s not the case. That’s not the world we
live in, and we shouldn’t pretend that it is.
When other countries impose tariffs and
quotas on our goods, that hurts our industries and our workers, and we should retaliate in kind.
Suppose the German government
places a tariff on American cars imported
into Germany. As a result, the price of...
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