Red, white, blue Olympics uniform flap laughable
The Kansas City Star
It almost sounds like a joke you’d hear at a bar: lawmakers in Congress are upset over the U.S. Olympic Committee picking Chinese-made uniforms for America’s Olympic athletes.
But U.S. lawmakers over decades were the ones providing tax breaks and other enticements that caused companies to close factories in the United States and ship jobs overseas. U.S. flags, Olympic uniforms, clothing, shoes, furniture, cars, trucks, computers and other items are made elsewhere and sold back to people in the states, where the unemployment rate is more than 8 percent.
It’s silly for Republican and Democratic lawmakers to chastise the Olympic Committee for buying Chinese made goods saying its causing the U.S. textile industry to suffer. For most consumers buying goods made elsewhere is a mainstay. Searching for a product with a Made in the U.S.A. label is like trying to find a video you always wanted in a Walmart bargain bin. Good luck with that.
The U.S. Olympic athletes no doubt will look mighty fine dressed to the nines in their Chinese-made clothing as we watch them on TVs, smartphones and computers also made in China and other countries.