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PHOTO-OP COVER-UP: BOXES READ 'MADE IN CHINA' NOT 'MADE IN USA'!
The Drudge Report ^ | January 22, 2003 | Matt Drudge

Posted on 01/22/2003 8:32:50 PM PST by HighRoadToChina


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PHOTO-OP COVER-UP: BOXES READ 'MADE IN CHINA' NOT 'MADE IN USA'!






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XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX WED JAN 22, 2003 15:02:37 ET XXXXX

PHOTO-OP COVER-UP: BOXES READ 'MADE IN CHINA' NOT 'MADE IN USA'

When President Bush gave a speech touting tax breaks for small businesses today, he stood against what appeared to be a backdrop of cardboard boxes stamped “MADE IN U.S.A.”

But the boxes in the south St. Louis warehouse had actually been painted on a large screen behind the president. The real boxes in the warehouse were stamped “Made in China,” although someone tried to obscure the stamps by plastering over them with blank white labels.

Asked about one of the labels by The Washington Times, Randy Shore, warehouse manager for J.S. Logistics, smiled and said: “I don’t know how it got there.”

He later explained the labels would be filled in with numbers to identify their location on racks throughout the warehouse. Pressed on why the stickers were placed precisely over the “Made in China” stamps, he added: “That’s as good a place as any.”

“Nobody instructed me” to obscure the stamp, he insisted.

But the White House later acknowledged the stickers were affixed intentionally. White House Deputy Press Secretary Claire Buchan attributed the move to “an overzealous volunteer.”

“Obviously, it’s not appropriate,” she added.

Asked if an overzealous volunteer was responsible for the “MADE IN U.S.A.” backdrop, she smiled and said: “No.”

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I thought that this is really interesting. On the front page of The Drudge Report: President Bush caught in front of what are really Made in China boxes!

Can't America even make Made in the USA boxes anymore?!?


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1 posted on 01/22/2003 8:32:50 PM PST by HighRoadToChina
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To: American Soldier; onedoug; Leisler; philetus; RLK; Quix; belmont_mark; SouthParkRepublican; ...
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2 posted on 01/22/2003 8:33:44 PM PST by HighRoadToChina (Never Again!)
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3 posted on 01/22/2003 8:34:17 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Rid the country of the Clintons Donate $5 a month to Free Republic.)
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To: HighRoadToChina
I saw this on Fox News Channel earlier today, I didn't know whether to laugh or wretch.
4 posted on 01/22/2003 8:34:23 PM PST by Commander8
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To: HighRoadToChina
The whole pic looks like a Photoshop hack job to me.
5 posted on 01/22/2003 8:35:08 PM PST by nhoward14 (Diplomacy is the art of saying 'nice doggy' while you look for a rock.)
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To: HighRoadToChina
What difference does it make? If it's made in America, it was probably made by illegal aliens, anyway.
7 posted on 01/22/2003 11:44:30 PM PST by Holden Magroin
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To: Holden Magroin
At least the illegal aliens are not like the Jews in concentration camps--as is the case with the slave made products from Communist China.

Go see The Pianist to get an idea of the situation of the Laogai's in Communist China TODAY.
8 posted on 01/23/2003 12:10:30 AM PST by HighRoadToChina (Never Again!)
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To: American Soldier; onedoug; Leisler; philetus; RLK; Quix; belmont_mark; SouthParkRepublican; ...
A resurrection ping!

This was pulled by Sidebar Moderator earlier tonight, but low and behold it's back. So, I am pinging you again.

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9 posted on 01/23/2003 12:12:30 AM PST by HighRoadToChina (Never Again!)
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To: HighRoadToChina
The best part about things made in China by slave labor is that we Americans can buy the stuff really, really cheap. Why pay more?
10 posted on 01/23/2003 12:39:26 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: HighRoadToChina
"But the boxes in the south St. Louis warehouse had actually been painted on a large screen behind the president." - "Asked if an overzealous volunteer was responsible for the “MADE IN U.S.A.” backdrop, she smiled and said: “No.” "

Drudge makes it sound like Bush was caught in a lie. This is yellow journalism worthy of the Washington Post. He should be ashamed

Obviously Dubya's press guys intended that to be the backdrop all along. This wasn't some drawing they came up with at the last second in a desperate act to fool the American people into thinking that America actually manufactures anything these days when Bush knows it is not true. Bah!

It doesn't matter a hill of beans what boxes are behind the backdrop because the backdrop was intended to be the backdrop days? weeks? months? earlier when they manufactured the backdrop. This is a non-story. They choose that spot because it accommodated spectators and reporters. Should the business have moved all the "made in China" boxes 2 rows farther back?

Bush has long been a supporter of free trade.
Why should he choose a business that doesn't trade with foreign countries? I bet Dubya doesn't think isolationism is good for economies.
11 posted on 01/23/2003 12:41:06 AM PST by Once-Ler (I vote Dubya)
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To: Lancey Howard
And I suppose you would buy a pair of shoes made by Jews in Nazi concentration camps...if they were cheap enough. </sarcasm>
12 posted on 01/23/2003 12:50:05 AM PST by HighRoadToChina (Never Again!)
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To: Once-Ler
First of all, I am a supporter of GWB. I think that he is a great President. And in the future trials with Iraq, North Korea and, probably, Communist China, I believe that he will show that he is one of the greatest presidents of the United States. But time will tell.

Having so said the above, the people who surround him and give him advice are not that much different than those who surrounded BC--probably with more integrity but mostly the same old status quo on major issues. Garbage advice => bad decisions.

Drudge had every right to run with this story. What this story illustrates is that America and Americans really haven't realized the extent of how much PRC "trade" is impacting American life.

If the President of the United States can find American products to literally stand behind, there is something REALLY wrong with the picture. That is why this story is significant. If they had to cover up those Made in China boxes to say Made in America, it might be a sign for Americans that they better wake up and smell the roses.

This so-called "free trade" with Communist China is neither "free" nor is it "trade". Communist China utilizes its millions of slave labor population to supply a labor force to produce goods for Wal-Mart and others at $0 per hour or close to it. How can any company or country compete with this type of Nazi economy?

Free trade implies the free flow of goods. "Free Trade" between US and Communist China in 2002 was a one-way flow of almost $100 billion US dollars into China in exchange for a lot of slave labor goods and almost slave labor goods. This is not "free trade." This is called slave trade. No different than if Nazi Germany were to export toys and shoes made by Jews in concentration camps to America--while at the same time use the hard currency from such "trade" to arm and build their military.

GWB is not God. He has made mistakes and on this China trade issue, he is simply wrong. Time will tell.
13 posted on 01/23/2003 1:07:05 AM PST by HighRoadToChina (Never Again!)
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To: HighRoadToChina
And I suppose you would buy a pair of shoes made by Jews in Nazi concentration camps...if they were cheap enough.

LOL, there's no more Nazi concentration camps! They were put out of business at the end of World War Two, some 57 years ago. You crazy, man.

14 posted on 01/23/2003 1:09:14 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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Well, I have so news for you.

http://laogai.org/en/index-en.html
16 posted on 01/23/2003 1:12:53 AM PST by HighRoadToChina (Never Again!)
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To: HighRoadToChina
What are you griping about- I charge 19 bucks per square foot to paint murals and would be overjoyed to get paid to do one of boxes, when people could simply buy real American made boxes in the cardboard company in North St. Louis for less than a buck a box.

Let me know if anyone needs me to paint fake backgrounds for them for at least 19 times the price of real background materials. I can use the work... and you can then be proud of the backdrop since it will be American-made, by an American.

17 posted on 01/23/2003 1:20:19 AM PST by piasa (Those who sit on fences soon cut off circulation to their family jewels.)
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To: ChiComConservative
I think that your name speak volumes about where you are coming from. ChiCom Conservative. That's a misnomer if there was ever one.

OK. Here are some facts to consider.

PRC-Nazi Comparisons:
1. "The Taiwan Problem" vs. "The Jewish Problem"

2. "The Motherland" vs. "The Fatherland"

3. 65+ million Chinese died at the hands of the Communists vs. 6 million Jews at the hands of Nazis

4. Laogai slave camps vs. Nazi Concentration camps

5. 2008 PRC Olympics in Beijing vs. 1936 Nazi Olympics in Berlin

6. PRC invading Tibet vs. Nazi Germany invading Poland

7. September 1, 1939 when Germany invaded Poland vs. 1949 invasion of Tibet

8. Hitler's “final solution” (extermination of the Jews) vs. Mao’s code language of “Take Revolutionary Action” (an order to the Red Guards on the night of Aug. 18, 1966 to go “rampaging through the city, killing whoever displeased them, 1,741 in all,” just in that one day alone. The rationale was: “My neighbor is a capitalist? Torture him. Kill him.”)

9. Harry Wu says he “felt a terrible link with the Jews whose lives were destroyed on Kristallnacht and during all other official pogroms.”

10. “The photographs of Hitler, that terrible sneer on his face, his eyes bulging out, were a warning to the world that he would kill anybody in his way.” The difference between Hitler and Mao? Mao Smiled as Millions Starved. “One never saw Mao with an ugly expression on his face.” No, you see, “With a sweet smile on his face, he was responsible for millions of deaths from starvation [and for] millions being banished to camps, for many being executed,” Harry Wu tells us.

11. Mein Kampf vs. The Little Red Book of Chairman Mao

12. When Harry Wu visited Nazi camp at Dachau, he noticed a slogan on the iron grillwork of the front gate: ARBEIT MACHT FREI. Tanslated, it means “Labor makes [you] free.” How ironic! “In China, the slogan for our camps was ‘Labor makes a new life.’"

13. “In China, we did not have Hitler’s gas chambers, but in a racial sense, we do put Tibetans and Uighurs and other minorities in a special category. And we put our troublesome people, our class enemies in camps and make them work. I have no doubt that if war came, the Chinese would kill people in the camps if they could not use them. The Chinese have created an enemy, a separate class, a prisoner class.” (Harry Wu)

13. The Nazis would subject prisoners to “human experiments" vs PRC traffic in human organs--forced organ harvesting. Like the Nazi doctors before them, the Chinese physicians saw sacrificing the lives of prisoners as a necessity to achieve a higher good.
18 posted on 01/23/2003 1:20:32 AM PST by HighRoadToChina (Never Again!)
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To: ChiComConservative
BTW, if Communist China is such a dream land for you, maybe you should live there.
19 posted on 01/23/2003 1:23:27 AM PST by HighRoadToChina (Never Again!)
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To: HighRoadToChina
If this story proves what ever you believe about free trade or China then I think that says a lot about your ability to reason. The boxes could just as easily have said Made In Japan, Mexico or Canada. All three countries import more goods into the US. This is a non-story that says nothing about the trade imbalance with China.

I don't think Dubya is God either, but I do believe this is a fluff story with less compelling interest than stories about Dubya's malapropisms.

I come back to my question what should Dubya's advisors have done? Picked a company that doesn't import t-shirts to screen print? Or a car manufacturer that doesn't import seat belts? Or a printing company that doesn't import ink? Or a...well maybe you get my point.

This wasn't a failure of the advisors...it was hostile reporters looking for a way to dig into Bush. The story says nothing about nothing...but it is inflammatory and easily twisted into innuendo. I stand by my statement that this is yellow journalism and Drudge deserves a smack for it.
20 posted on 01/23/2003 1:42:09 AM PST by Once-Ler (I vote Dubya)
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