It would make me proud if the "Made in America" label were true again.
Made in America. Well the outrage over the stylish uniforms for the U.S. Olympic team,complete with a jaunty beret, have sparked a political row because the red, white and blue outfits were made in China. ** "It is not just a label, it's an economic solution," said Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y. "Today there are 600,000 vacant manufacturing jobs in this country and the Olympic committee is outsourcing the manufacturing of uniforms to China? That is not just outrageous, it's just plain dumb. It is self-defeating." I agree . The Chinese would not want to wear let's say military uniforms made in America?Israel urged the USOC to reverse the decision and ensure U.S. athletes wear uniforms that are made in America.Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., separately sent letters to Lawrence Probst III, chairman of the USOC, complaining about the made-in-China uniforms. Brown suggested that the USOC find a manufacturer with a facility in the United States, suggesting the Hugo Boss plant in Cleveland. Not that surprising considering just about everything consumed by the public today has a connection to China. Funny all of this outrage about the olympic uniforms being manufactured in China when the U.S Government itself made a financial deal with the Chinese to finance Americas debt! Pelosi, Reid and others did not gripe and moan about that! "I think the Olympic Committee should be ashamed," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, told reporters on Capitol Hill on Thursday. Romney further blasted the U.S. Olympic committee saying the shirts should all be put in a pile and burned and that it would better for American athletes to wear shirts with USA hand painted on the front. ABC World News noted that every single piece of the uniforms, from the neckties to the shoes to those silly berets, was manufactured overseas. Nanette Lepore, a strong advocate of American-based manufacturing and New York City's Garment Center, told ABC World News, "Why shouldn't we have pride not only in the American athletes but in the American manufacturers and laborers who are the backbone of our country?"Ralph Lauren also found themselves in hot water over their 2010 U.S. Olympics uniforms, when members of the Daughters of the American Revolution threatened to ban Polo merchandise from being sold in certain country clubs because of the lack of patriotic insignia on the 2010 Olympic gear.
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**It is amazing how "capitalistic" corporations have no qualms whatsoever about turning their moneys to what is supposed to be the world's biggest communist country. A country that is considered a threat to world economies and to the United States political influence. Yet, business is business and profits dictate that we make our biggest nemesis the richest country in the world, all in the name of "free market" and profits. Unless you happen to be Cuba off course, then you are a "danger" to the world's social order, and need to be kept isolated and under embargo!