Do you think there should be free trade among

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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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