July 13 2012
Was It Wrong to Buy Olympic Outfits from China?
As you no doubt know, the U.S. Olympic Committee and Ralph Lauren clothed the U.S. team in uniforms manufactured in China.
No stranger to burning taxpayer money, now Senator Harry Reid wants to burn the Chinese-made Olympic outfits and put the team in apparel manufactures on our shores.
Whoaa! Of course, the committee and Ralph Lauren made a mistake. But let’s face it: as an item on Hot Air points out. the U.S. doesn’t manufacture clothing the way it once did. I don’t know if this is the effect of a global market or red tape that makes U.S. companies less competitive. (Red tape--now, there's something Senator Reid should consider burning.)
It should also be noted that these uniforms were bought with private money, and the purchasers had every right to take the best deal they could find. As for style, Erika Johnsen on Hot Air has a great description of the uniforms:
I don’t know that I’d say the outfits (the ladies’ skirts and shoes especially, yikes) are exactly my favorite thing I’ve ever seen, but I totally get the classic, vintage idea of it. Ralph Lauren is an iconic American brand; they’ve been designing outfits of over-the-top collar-poppin’ preppiness for ages, and they’ve always demonstrated a solid penchant for anglophiliac, old-school campus-inspired influences — I think the duds are actually pretty appropriate for London.
This isn’t about practicality, it’s about high fashion and letting Ralph Lauren show off their brand. This is a privately-funded endeavor, and as long as there are no midriffs or Che Guevara emblems or whatever showing, I say let the Olympic Committee dress up the athletes how they like.
Question: Would Senator Reid be in such paroxysms of patriotism if the twin issues of outsourcing and off shoring weren’t suddenly rearing their heads in the political campaign?
Senator Reid, it should be noted, was less upset about the gigantic, Canadian-manufactured bus paid for by taxpayer money and in which the President tours the country.