Chinese Uniforms for USA Olympic Team

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Photo: Olympics opening ceremony uniforms by Ralph Lauren AP

The American Olympic Team’s uniforms for this years’ games are making Congress see red and oddly it has nothing to do with President Obama. Where is Mitt Romney to save us from this Olympic crisis? The uniforms that are manufactured by Ralph Lauren, an American company, are made in China. How many of the clothes you own right now are made in China? Can you find an American made clothing item in any of your dresser drawers? The likelihood that you have more than a handful of American made clothes is slim to none yet Americans are understandably pissed that the uniforms that will be on display to the world are made by the Chinese.

Harry Reid wants the athletes to toss the uniforms into a pile and set them alight while other Congressional media whores rush to get bills to the floor to force a private company and a privately funded organization to use only items made in the USA. I’d love to point out the hypocrisy here that relates to the healthcare debate but I don’t want to get off track. It is a bit of a disgrace knowing that we couldn’t even support our athletes enough to make them the uniforms but the real crime is how much we paid to look like private school dorks. Just how much would you pay for a Chinese beret?

Men’s Outfit
Beret – $55
Tie – $125
Belt – $85
Shirt – $425
Blazer – $795
Trousers – $295
Shoes – $165
Total=$1945

Women’s Outfit
Beret – $55
Scarf – $58
Belt – $85
Shirt – $179
Skirt – $498
Blazer – $598
Total=$1473

 

“I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again. If they have to wear nothing but a singlet that says USA on it, painted by hand, then that’s what they should wear.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)

 
Frankly I am pleased that Congress is finally having a debate about China however things like this have been going on long before this years Olympic games came about. Remember when the United States Army bought several hundred thousand Chinese berets that they were planning on issuing to the troops? If our own government is looking to cheap out on costs can we really blame a private organization that is dependent on sponsors unlike the rest of the worlds Olympic teams? While it is un-American to send work overseas and send our best athletes off in foreign uniforms nothing is going to change in this country.

Corporations outsource to China for a reason and that reason is cheap labor/manufacturing. It isn’t very fruitful for a company to pay union wages to make shirts that can be made elsewhere, especially in China, for pennies on the dollar. Yes it’s great that by the next Olympics our athletes will be wearing $55 American berets but America will still be shipping jobs overseas and that is why I think Congress is missing the point on all of this because they’re too busy getting TV time to think about it. Instead of forcing Ralph Lauren to make American made uniforms for the next Olympics maybe they should try making manufacturing here in the United States cheaper? Maybe they should offer tax incentives to clothing manufacturers who bring jobs back stateside? At the very least if the government wants a say in what the USOC (U.S. Olympic Committee) does with the money they receive maybe they should give them some money.

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Author: James

I am the owner and main author of My Bloggity Blog. I started this blog on a whim and it grew faster than I ever imagined. I seriously enjoy debating politics and foreign policy as I'm sure you've noticed but I also enjoy a wide array of other things that I try to include here.

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