"The horror, the horror. No, we aren’t referring to those blue berets that
U.S. athletes will wear at the opening Olympic ceremonies in London this month.
We mean the horrified reaction from American politicians that those uniforms
are made in China. Someone should tell these folks that if you want to have
exports, you also need imports.
A half dozen Democratic Senators—led by Chuck Schumer, who else?—have
introduced a bill to require that future uniforms be made in America. These are
the same geniuses whose tax-and-spend policies make the U.S. economy less
competitive. A country that worries about where its Olympic clothes are made
has bigger competitive problems than those berets."
"The U.S. Olympic team may not be wearing American made uniforms during the
opening ceremony in London, but another Olympic team will be sporting products
made in Middle Tennessee during the games.
The Brazilian Olympic equestrian team is using saddle pads produced by Wilker’s Custom Horse Products
in Cool Springs, Tennessee. The business made a dozen white custom saddle
pads with kelly green and yellow trim and piping for the team."
MP: Just wondering if Sen. Schumer’s anti-trade bill will
be consistent and include a ban on any foreign Olympic uniforms being made in
America like the saddle pads from Tennessee? After all, if a voluntary, international transaction between Olympic uniform buyers in America and uniform producers in China is undesirable, then shouldn't an international transaction between uniform (or saddle pad) producers in America and uniform (saddle pad) buyers in Brazil be equally undesirable? How can we justify banning international uniform buying without also banning international uniform selling?