Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Sen. Schumer Wants to Ban Foreign-Produced Olympic Gear; Will That Include U.S. Production?

From yesterday’s Wall Street Journal:

"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?  


At 7/17/2012 5:21 PM, Blogger Pulverized Concepts said...

Chuckie Schumer single-handedly destroys the credibility of republican democracy.

At 7/17/2012 5:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don Boudreux has a good take down.

At 7/17/2012 6:26 PM, Blogger juandos said...

Funny how there's no mention of just how idiotic the Olympic uniforms are...

What's with the silly blue beanie?

Some sort of 'UN bell hop' theme at work here?

At 7/17/2012 7:17 PM, Blogger Hydra said...

All this sweat over olympic clothes and we just paid Russia to send a man to the space station.

At 7/17/2012 8:19 PM, Blogger Itchy said...

how many jobs would have been "saved" if these uniforms were stitched in the USA?

How many jobs would have been "saved" if Team R didn't select and complete idiot to run against Harry Reid? Actually this is irrelevant. Zero would still be enough to not have to listen to that spineless windbag talk anymore.

What about all the Nike (insert other sporting gear producer) training and competition gear? Does that have to be made here or just the ridiculous opening ceremony outfits?

At 7/17/2012 9:57 PM, Blogger Ken said...


[T]he real issue is that [the uniforms are] terrible. They look like something from an SNL skit about America becoming a gay military dictatorship.

At 7/18/2012 8:07 AM, Blogger H.A. Black said...

Mark, I had a different take on this asking whether Reid would requir all the products used by the team be made in the US and whether there should be a requirement that all Olympic athletes be born in the USA. Its at haroldblack.blogspot.com

At 7/18/2012 8:50 AM, Blogger morganovich said...

i think we should take a hard look at check's wardrobe.

do we think all his clothes were made here? after all, he is a US senator. who could possibly be deemed more of a representative of America?

i hereby propose the congressional buy american bill.

from no own no congressman or woman may buy any product with which they will be seen in public that was not entirely made in the us.

i figure that 6 months or so of trying to buy US computers, find silk ties with us origin or silk, and trying to find an american TV set will really drive home the benefits of trade to these dingbats.

sometimes, you don't realize how valuable something is until it is taken away.

At 7/18/2012 5:00 PM, Blogger juandos said...

"[T]he real issue is that [the uniforms are] terrible. They look like something from an SNL skit about America becoming a gay military dictatorship"...

Yeah ken and I had debated using that line myself...

Good call!


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