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Unformatted text preview: n tariffs and quotas, but U.S. consumers would also be hurt by U.S. tariffs
and quotas on foreign goods. If the choice
is between hurting producers and workers
or hurting producers, workers, and consumers, it is better to hurt as few people as
Here’s what it comes down to: The best
policy is for every country in the world to practice free trade. The second best policy
is for the United States to practice free
trade, even if no other country in the
world practices it. The worst policy is for
the United States to impose tariffs and
quotas on foreign goods simply because
other countries impose tariffs and quotas
on our goods. Madison Golecke, Spring
Valley High School
Debate Team I nited States policy shouldn’t protect
the interests only of consumers; it
should protect the interests of consumers,
producers, and workers. When other countries impose tariffs and quotas on U.S.produced goods, those countries hurt our
producers and our workers. These countries
should bear the economic consequences.
There must be a price for such actions, or
these countries will continue to make themselves better off at the expense of American
producers and workers. The higher the
price of imposing tariffs and quotas on
U.S.-produced goods, the less likely foreign
countries will do so.
The way to ensure free trade is for the
United States to give other countries a taste
of their own medicine. If they practice free
trade with us, then we should practice free
trade with them. If they impose tariffs and
quotas on our goods, we should do the
same to their goods. U What Do You Think?
1. Should the United States practice free
trade even if other countries do not?
Explain your thinking.
2. Is the world moving toward or away
from greater free trade? Give some
examples from recent news stories to
support your answer. Unit V Trade and Investment 459...
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