Skip to comments.Senate Democrats Introduce Legislation to Make Olympic Uniforms in America
Posted on 07/15/2012 7:30:32 PM PDT by Kaslin
Recently, Senate Democrats caused a stir when they expressed outrage over the Ralph Lauren Team USA uniforms being made in China. My colleague Erika Johnsen at HotAir.com reported that Harry Reid said we should "burn" the outfits because they weren't made in this country. Now the Chicago Tribune reports that six Senate Democrats will introduce the Team USA Made in America Act of 2012 next week.
With U.S. unemployment hovering just above 8 percent, politicians have spoken out against the uniforms for the London Games, which start later this month, and six Democratic senators said they plan to introduce legislation requiring the ceremonial uniforms be produced in the United States.
"At a time when too many Americans are looking for work and our manufacturers are closing factories, we need to do everything we can to keep jobs in America and not give the work of producing our iconic American uniforms for our Olympians to China," Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey said in a statement announcing the measure.
The senators said they will introduce the "Team USA Made In America Act of 2012" next week.
"I call on the USOC (U.S. Olympic Committee) to do the right thing for this summer's team, and I call on my colleagues to help pass this bill to ensure we don't find ourselves in this appalling, embarrassing situation before the opening of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics," Menendez said.
Oh please. This fake populism warrants so much criticism that I'm not sure where to begin.
Currently, 2 percent of clothing is made in America. I imagine that most everything these members of Congress wear wasn't made in America. And that's a good thing. Counterintuitive as it may sound, we become wealthier from buying particular items abroad.
It's called comparative advantage. If someone spends time building something when they could buy it for less, they are making themselves poorer. I don't know too many writers who make their own pens or computers. If they did, they would have no time to hone their skill, and no products to offer to anyone else. This principle applies on an international level as well. Countries that are able to offer more advanced products that require a higher level of skill make themselves better off by concentrating effort on those products, not wasting time on things that could be done by someone else. The more time they spend making products that are cheaper to buy, the less time they spend making themselves wealthier by producing whatever it is that they are best at producing. It doesn't make sense to make more clothing here, but as the article linked above points out, we do design advanced clothing products (like waterproof jackets).
America has been consistently importing cheap products and designing more advanced ones, and I don't see our GDP shrinking. As a matter of fact, the only dip we've had came during the worst years of the recession. Poor countries design t-shirts. Given the opportunity, I would like to ask Harry Reid why he thinks we should be more like Honduras or Vietnam.
But even if you don't buy that, it's hard to stomach the faux outrage over Olympic outfits given how many imports we subsidize through things like the Export-Import Bank.
I can't imagine that the members of Congress who sponsored this legislation are losing sleep over the handful of jobs that would have resulted from making Team USA's outfits in America. I suspect it has a lot more to do with making a row to distract from their policies that caused the unemployment rate to get so high in the first place.
This one I 100% support.
Election year posturing is just a blow in the wind.
Next time the olympic Committee needs to select an American designer and lose those horrid beret/beanies.
Years of Democrat taxes/regulations chased business offshore AND now they want to complain......they better face the mirror when they do it.....
They should be more concerned about the $1 trillion we owe China. And why all of this crap about outsourcing? They should be asking the question as to why American businesses find it more advantageous to move overseas. The answer is painfully obvious.
“Next time the olympic Committee needs to select an American designer”
Isn’t Ralph Lipshitz an American designer?
Ralph Lauren is an American.
Ralph Lauren (born Ralph Lipschitz, October 14, 1939) is an American fashion designer and business executive, best known for his Polo Ralph Lauren clothing brand.
Ralph Lauren was born Ralph Lipschitz in the Bronx, New York, to Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants, from Pinsk, Belarus: Fraydl (née Kotlar) and Frank Lipschitz, a house painter.
Lauren attended the Salanter Academy Jewish Day School followed by MTA (now known as the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy), before eventually graduating from DeWitt Clinton High School in 1957. In MTA Lauren was known by his classmates for selling ties to his fellow students. In a moment of spontaneity, when asked what he wanted to do in his Clinton yearbook he stated under his picture that he wanted to be a millionaire. During the summer, Ralph attended Camp Roosevelt (Monticello).
Exactly!!! However, I still like the uniforms. Berets and all. Classic look.
I think this is also orchestrated to take some of the,(cough, cough ) luster off of Romney.
Yes, this will make a huge difference in getting America back to work. /s
At this point the money has been spent to burn them and spend more money making more uniforms if they could be made in time is a waste.
Someone here nailed the look the other day: “French, communist homosexuals.”
Not that there’s anything wrong with that, if you’re French. (Too bad for you.)
Since the U.S. Olympic Committee does not, as I understand it, receive any public funding, it is not clear to me by what authority Congress could require where the uniforms are made.
all this kerfufle about the Olympic uniforms is just to create buzz so that it can be tied into Romney by the dims.
Yah, the money is spent. They want to spend it again on UNION guys.
This is how the US Olympic beret looks like:
And this is the correct way to wear a beret":
Send them all to Beret 101 classes
A typical empty, symbolic gesture by the Marxists eroding our Liberties.
Can we pray?
Can we buy weapons?
Can we make our own energy?
Can we grow our own food?
Can we defend our borders?
Can we purchase private healthcare?
Can we buy 20oz open beverages?
Can we buy toy guns?
GTH, you deceitful, Marxist bastards.
The Team USA Democrat Hypocrite bill.
Excuse me, but what gives the Congress the authority to tell a private organization (USOOC) how to spend their funds. . .
There's more 'Polo' on the uniform than 'USA.'
You are probably right and at about 10 times what the first ones cost
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