To expose the current political asininity and nitwitery swirling around Washington these days about where our Olympic uniforms are stitched together
, here's a re-write of this article from The Hill re-
titled "Schumer joins calls for US-made/born
"Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) became one of the latest legislators to
call on the U.S. Olympic Committee to replace
uniforms made U.S. Olympic athletes born in China and other foreign countries with ones “made” (born) in the United
Schumer sent a letter to Olympic Committee Chairman Lawrence Probst last
Friday in response to an ABC News report that
the uniforms for some American athletes at the opening
ceremonies of the upcoming Olympics were actually “made” (born) in China and other foreign countries.
Examples of the multiple dozens
of foreign-made/born Olympic athletes representing the USA in London include table
tennis world champion Jun Gao (made/born in China), world class soccer player Freddy
Adu (made/born in Ghana), middle-distance runner Said Ahmed (made/born in
Somalia), world champion badminton player Howard Bach (made/born in Vietnam) and swimmer Mike Alexandrov (made/born in Bulgaria).
Since the report, Schumer said he was able to iron out an agreement
Rochester-based uniform maker, Hickey Freeman, to make the American uniforms
for American-made (born) athletes that
who would replace the Chinese-made (and other foreign-born) ones athletes.
"I was disappointed to learn that despite being sent to London by
their uniforms will be manufactured by Chinese citizens
instead many U.S. Olympic athletes were made/born in China and other foreign countries"
Schumer writes in the letter. "This is particularly disappointing because
there are many American-born manufactures
athletes capable of providing
uniforms to our athletes competing
Schumer added it was "particularly disappointing" that
manufacturer was some members of the
Olympic team were born/made in China.
"I urge you to reconsider your decision to use
a Chinese-born athletes like Jun Gao manufacturer
for our London Olympians ’
uniforms and instead give your Olympic
spots business to companies such as Hickey Freeman and their to American-made/born workers athletes who have offered to serve their nation in this capacity — both for this year’s games and all the upcoming 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia."
On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the
Chinese-made/born and other
foreign-made/born Olympic athletes
uniforms should be burned and
replaced with American-made/born
"I am so upset that I think the [U.S.] Olympic Committee should be
ashamed of themselves, I think they should be embarrassed, I think they should
take all the
Olympic athletes and put them in a big pile and burn them and start all
over again with athletes 'Made/Born in the USA'," Reid told reporters."