In Support of U.S. Free Trade

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Intro: Free trade provides opportunity, it provides growth, and it provides struggling nations a chance. With free trade, markets open across national borders and the consumer ultimately benefits from higher quality goods at fair market prices. The producers of such goods now have larger markets to sell to allowing for the opportunity at increased sales, giving the consumer a greater variety of goods that can more individually meet specific demands. Free trade implementation to the United States foreign policy is a developing and revolutionary mindset that will bring prosperity to all parties involved. The United States will benefit from free trade because the market to purchase U.S. made goods and services will increase dramatically…show more content…
During the 2012 Presidential Elections, presidential nominees Barack Obama and Mitt Romney fought tirelessly in support of U.S. trade reform. Both parties equally agreed that trade reform was a must and their advertising budgets are clear indicators of this. “A Kantar Media study found that presidential campaigns spent an unprecedented $68 million – about $34 million each – in ads attacking more-of-the-same trade policies” (9). Financial totals alone, it is clearly evident that trade policies were a vital point of concern throughout the elections. Regardless of political affiliation, both parties agreed that there was a public demand for fair trade that needed to be addressed. The Democratic Party stood on the platform of controlling globalization and bringing jobs back to America, while Republicans highlighted trade reform that specialized jobs in America. Under Obama, Democrats wanted to challenge countries such as China that are taking U.S. jobs and eliminate subsidies to American-based corporations that would entice manufacturers to stay in the U.S. (9). Republicans under Romney took a stance of increasing American exports through the utilization of trade agreements to remove the government from influencing open markets (9). Both parties agree on the need for trade reform, and neither
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