Sunday, July 15, 2012

American Made Singlets Please


Republicans and Democrats far and wide are agreeing on an issue! Olympic Team USA's uniforms were made in China not in the US. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are slamming the US Olympic Committee for its decision to export the manufacturing of the uniforms. Irate lawmakers have already introduced legislation requiring that all Team USA Olympic uniforms be made in the USA.

Let the record state that I actually agree with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on an issue. This doesn't happen very often so it deserves attention. In case you missed it, here is what Harry Reid told the Wall Street Journal on Thursday:

"Mr. Reid said he thought 'they should take all the outfits, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over.'
"Not satisfied, the Democratic leader then had a suggestion for what revised uniforms should look like: 'If they have to wear nothing but a singlet saying USA on it painted by hand, that's what they should do.'"
Reid's comments evoke a strong visual image of the entire Olympic team marching out into the opening ceremonies in London wearing nothing but wrestling singlets. They are Olympic athletes so they probably could get away with it! 
All singlets aside, who really thought it was a good idea to have the US Team uniforms made in China? Isn't that a no-brainer? US Olympic team = Made in America. Maybe the US Olympic Committee thought that no one would notice and if they did, it wouldn't be a big deal. 
It is a big deal given that the US unemployment rate is at 8%. American garment manufacturers certainly could have used the business. This all stems back to the designer that the US Olympic Committee chose to design the uniforms. The epitome of the all American designer—Ralph Lauren. Except that all garments produced under the Ralph Lauren label are made in China. The Team USA Olympic uniforms were no exception to the made in China contract.
It's bad enough that China will outdo us in Gymnastics and is favored to win the highest number of Olympic medals at the 2012 games. It's even more unfortunate that the US Olympic Committee chose China over the US to make the Team USA uniforms. Maybe the hand-painted "Made in America" USA singlet idea isn't so bad after all? 

1 comment:

Diane said...

Don't get me started on China.... and I couldn't agree with you more!