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Is free trade preferable to tariffs for the United States?
Free trade is preferable to tariffs for the United States.
Free trade minimizes the cost for the consumer.
Free trade encourages favorable economic partnerships between countries which improve foreign relations as well.
Free trade allows for the most efficient flow of labor and goods with minimal third party costs.
Tariff structures often lead to trade wars, which benefit nobody.
Tariffs are the price of doing business with a stable, developed economy that has environmental and worker standards and protections. Free trade merely gives preference to the low bidder in regards to human rights and environmental concerns.
Tariffs help retain industries stateside.
Tariffs may be used as leverage in economic or geopolitical negotiations.
While the U.S. often trades freely, its trading partners do not necessarily follow suit. One way free trade is not necessarily preferable to either two way free trade or two way tariffs.
Other countries may use government subsidies or currency manipulation to undermine free trade. Tariff structures combat these policies.
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