POWER TO FREE TRADE !!

 

IN A DEMOCRATIC, FREE SOCIETY AS OURS, WITH FREEDOM OF SPEECH, RELIGION, PRESS AND ACTION, THERE IS NO PLACE FOR ANYTHING BUT FREE TRADE. FREE TRADE IMPLIES THAT ALL COUNTRIES HAVE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE WHAT PRODUCTS TO IMPORT AND WHICH TO EXPORT.

NOWADAYS, RESTRICTIONS ON IMPORTS AND EXPORTS MAKE NO SENSE. BEING TIME SO PRECIOUS THE SENSIBLE THING IS TO SUPPORT FREE TRADE EVERYWHERE. EXCUSES SUCH AS LIMITING EXPORTS OF NATURAL RESOURCES MEAN CUTTING BACK ON PEOPLE´S RIGHTS TO CHOOSE THE BEST PRODUCT IN THEIR CATEGORY, WHETHER IT IS A LOCAL PRODUCT OR AN IMPORT. WITH SO MANY STAND-OFFS IN THE WORLD ONE BASIC STEP IN ORDER TO HEAD TOWARDS A BETTER WORLD IS TO PUT AN END TO TAXES, QUOTAS AND TRADE BARRIERS. ANYTHING DIFFERENT FROM A FREE TRADE PROMOTES “FIRMS TO DISTORT MARKETS THROUGH GOVERNMENT-IMPOSED MONOPOLY OR OLIGOPOLY POWER “ , AND WE ALL KNOW THAT IS NOT A DESIRABLE SITUATION FOR A HEALTHY SOCIETY.

PEOPLE HAVE TO FIGHT FOR THEIR RIGHTS. WE ALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE QUALITY PRODUCTS. THE ONLY WAY TO GET TO BUY QUALITY ONES IS TO HAVE A WIDE VARIETY OF PRODUCTS FROM MANY DIFFERENT COUNTRIES, SO THAT WE, CONSUMERS, CAN PURCHASE THE GOODS WE CONSIDER OF EXCELLENT QUALITY AMONG MANY. COMPETITION ALWAYS BRINGS OUT THE BEST OF EACH OF US, MAKING US LEARN WHAT NEEDS TO BE PERFECTED. AN OPEN MARKET HAS THIS WIDE RANGE OF GOODS, WHICH LEADS COMPETITORS TO PERFECT THEIR PRODUCTS, SO THAT THEY REACH A GOOD QUALITY. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENS IN MOST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD BELONGING TO THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION.

 “ THE IMPOSITION OF TRADE RESTRICTIONS CAUSES A NET LOSS TO SOCIETY BECAUSE THE LOSSES FROM TRADE RESTRICTIONS ARE LARGER THAN THE GAINS FROM TRADE RESTRICTIONS. “

” FREE TRADE CREATES WINNERS AND LOSERS, BUT THEORY AND EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE SHOW THAT THE SIZE OF THE WINNINGS FROM FREE TRADE ARE LARGER THAN THE LOSSES. THE ABSOLUTE LEVEL OF OUTPUT ENJOYED BY BOTH “WINNER” AND “LOSER” WILL INCREASE WITH THE “WINNER” GAINING MORE THAN THE “LOSER”, BUT BOTH GAINING MORE THAN BEFORE IN AN ABSOLUTE LEVEL. “

 “ ACCORDING TO MAINSTREAM ECONOMIC THEORY, THE SELECTIVE APPLICATION OF FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS TO SOME COUNTRIES AND TARIFFS ON OTHERS CAN LEAD TO ECONOMIC INEFFICIENCY THROUGH THE PROCESS OF TRADE DIVERSION.”

“IT IS ECONOMICALLY EFFICIENT FOR A GOOD TO BE PRODUCED BY THE COUNTRY WHICH IS THE LOWEST COST PRODUCER, BUT THIS DOES NOT ALWAYS TAKE PLACE IF A HIGH COST PRODUCER HAS A FREE TRADE AGREEMENT WHILE THE LOW COST PRODUCER FACES A HIGH TARIFF.”

“APPLYING FREE TRADE TO THE HIGH COST PRODUCER, AND NOT THE LOW COST PRODUCER AS WELL, CAN LEAD TO TRADE DIVERSION AND A NET ECONOMIC LOSS . THIS IS WHY MANY ECONOMISTS PLACE SUCH HIGH IMPORTANCE ON NEGOTIATIONS FOR GLOBAL TARIFF REDUCTIONS, SUCH AS THE DOHA ROUND “.

WE ALL WANT TO PROSPER AND WE ALL WANT OUR POLITICIANS TO BE BRAVE AND SAY IN PUBLIC WHAT THEY SAY IN PRIVATE. WE WANT TO ASK EU POLITICIANS FOR THIS NECESSARY FREE TRADE TO SEE THE FLOURISHING OF EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING AROUND US. POLITICIANS COULD START BUILDING UP SOME CREDIBILITY , AND AS A RESULT OF IT START FEELING TRUE HAPPINESS FOR THE FIRST TIME, BY IMPLEMENTING EQUAL TRADE CONDITIONS, AND LOOKING BEYOND THE END OF THEIR NOSES. JUNCKER IS NOT THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF THE EUROPEAN UNION. THIS WORLD NEEDS WISE PEOPLE, AND THAT IS WHY THE EU NEEDS TO ADDRESS THE PRESIDENCY NOMINATION AGAIN. SINCE THE EU POLITICIANS DID NOT HAVE THE NERVE TO STAND UP FOR WHAT THEY BELIEVED, BY THIS TIME THEY WILL HAVE REALIZED THAT THIS IS A REALLY SERIOUS SUBJECT AFFECTING US ALL, AND THAT CONSEQUENTLY IT IS AN INVALID VOTE.

WE, CITIZENS OF THE WORLD, ARE WAITING FOR A HUMAN SIGN FROM POLITICIANS, SAYING SOMETHING LIKE : “ I AM SORRY, WE ARE SORRY. THINGS WERE NOT DONE THE RIGHT WAY, BUT WE ARE GOING TO MAKE IT UP TO YOU, CALLING FOR A VOTE AGAIN, AND MAKING THE REFORMS FOR AN OPEN FREE TRADE TO REACH HIGHER LIVING STANDARDS FOR EVERYONE “. WE NEED AND WE WANT A FREE TRADE EUROPE, AND FOR THIS, SOLID, SERIOUS REFORMS NEED TO BE IMPLEMENTED, JUST LIKE PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON IS REQUESTING. THE UNITED KINGDOM IS AN IMPORTANT COUNTRY, AND OF COURSE WE WANT THE UK WITHIN EUROPE, BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW THAT THE MORE THE MERRIER. MR. CAMERON´S REQUEST TO CUT REGULATIONS DOWN IS SIMPLY WHAT WE ALL NEED AND WANT, IT IS WHAT EU POLITICIANS WANTED BUT DID NOT HAVE THE GUTS TO SPEAK UP IN PUBLIC.

THERE IS STILL TIME TO RECTIFY. A SPANISH PROVERB SAYS: “ ONLY A WISE MAN RECTIFIES “, AND EU POLITICIANS NEED TO RECTIFY TO BACK UP FREE TRADE, BEING THE SENSIBLE WAY TOWARDS A DEGREE OF EXCELLENCE, AND RESPECT FOR EVERYONE TRYING TO GET THE BEST PRODUCTS, NO MATTER WHERE THEY COME FROM. IT IS JUST A MATTER OF STARTING, ONCE THEY DO IT , THE SECOND TIME RECTIFYING IS MUCH EASIER, AND THE PERSON DOING SO IS SEEN AS HUMAN,  CLOSE AND AS SOMEONE WE ALL LIKE, ISN´T IT ?

POWER TO FREE TRADE !!

ALL THE QUOTES I HAVE SHARED WITH YOU ARE FROM FREE TRADE-WIKIPEDIA, THE FREE ENCYCLOPEDIA.

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Julia Martinez

Julia Martínez was born in The Basque Country, Spain in 1965. She went to Las Carmelitas School in Santurtzi, where she completed her elementary and secondary education, except her senior year. She decided to go to the United States as an exchange student for her senior year. She lived with an American family in California for that school year. After coming back from the US she started her undergraduate studies at Deusto University. By this time she had already lived in Santurtzi for seventeen years. It was 1983 when she and her family moved to Getxo. At Deusto University she studied English Linguistics for five years. She was twenty three years old when she got her undergraduate degree. She spent about three months during three different summers in England. During two of those summers she was an exchange student, and another summer she was working as an au pair, living with an English family. She also spent about two months during two different summers in Dublin. She was an exchange student living with an Irish family for a month, and another summer she was living in a student residence. In 1988 she was granted a scholarship to do her graduate studies at Indiana University, in the U.S..She completed a double master on English and Spanish Applied Linguistics in 1990. During that year and a half that she was studying over there she was also working as an Associate Professor giving Spanish classes at Indiana University. After working on the double master, She decided to go back to Spain and work as an English teacher at an English school in Galdakao for a year. At the same time that she was working, she was studying in order to sit a competitive exam. She went to Madrid to take it, and got the job she wanted. She became a civil servant, and she started working as an English teacher at a high school in 1991. By the year 2004 she had already been teaching for thirteen years in four different high schools, giving lessons to secondary students. In 2004 she decided to quit teaching and start painting as a self-made painter. She has got thirty six original oil paintings on canvas, and all of them share bright, lively, warm colors which invite you to smile and chill out. You see them all together and you see a real celebration of life, of what life should be, of happiness and love. Apart from painting, she is very keen on music and photography. About music, it must be said that she was very much into it during some years in the past, specially when she was taking Classical and electric guitar lessons and writing her own songs. She has got four demos with songs sung, both in English and Spanish. She performed as a singer in some places in the year 2000 after recording all her original songs. She is a hard-working person and a very good listener. She is one of those really positive people that finds solutions to almost anything you can think of. She enjoys creative work, either in painting, photography, dancing, singing, writing or cooking. She also enjoys herself with those little things in life like going out for a stroll in the country, listening to all kinds of music, good company, a good book, helping people in need, taking a nap, or just watching a funny movie. At present she is working as a freelance writer. Let us add that she is really interested in the protection of animals.

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