Made in China: Lawmakers outraged over U.S. outfits

The U.S. Olympic outfits are certainly snappy, but Harry Reid thinks they should be burned. (AP photo)

The U.S. Olympic outfits are certainly snappy, but Harry Reid thinks they should be burned. (AP photo)

Finally, a little bipartisanship in Congress.

Republicans and Democrats alike are outraged that the U.S. Olympic Committee has decided to dress the U.S. team in outfits made in China for the opening ceremonies.

“I am so upset. I think the Olympic committee should be ashamed of themselves. I think they should be embarrassed. I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said.

“They should be wearing uniforms that are made in America,” said House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

For perhaps the first time in recorded history, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, agreed with both of them.

Of USOC’s decision, he said, “You’d think they’d know better.”

USOC defended the choice of designer Ralph Lauren for the clothing at the London Games, which begin later this month.

“Unlike most Olympic teams around the world, the U.S. Olympic Team is privately funded and we’re grateful for the support of our sponsors,” USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said in a statement. “We’re proud of our partnership with Ralph Lauren, an iconic American company, and excited to watch America’s finest athletes compete at the upcoming Games in London.”

Ralph Lauren refused to comment, but you can. Just keep your punches above the belt.

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    GO DAWGS!!

    July 13th, 2012
    9:23 am

    lantana

    July 13th, 2012
    9:26 am

    Why is anyone suprised?

    Crisis! | The Bawdy House Provisions

    July 13th, 2012
    9:28 am

    [...] assume you’ve all seen the flap over the U.S. Olympic uniforms being made in China? I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over [...]

    protocol

    July 13th, 2012
    9:29 am

    Why is anyone supprised especially congress. The approved our trade agreements and have supported off shoring Jobs starting with the first Sr Bush admin. This is of their doing.

    Emma

    July 13th, 2012
    9:30 am

    Okkkkk, Ralph Lauren designed the last summer olympics wear as well…where those made in the US? Wellllll they sure look dapper! Go TeamUSA!

    watcher16

    July 13th, 2012
    9:34 am

    Red, white and blue with a beret…are we the French?!

    Old Timer

    July 13th, 2012
    9:35 am

    I thought we already became a subsidiary of China.

    carlton

    July 13th, 2012
    9:36 am

    re: protocol…how old are you? Off-shore jobs started in the 1st Bush administration? get another glass of the kool-aid and a some newspaper, preferably the business ection, from the 60s, 70s, 80s.

    Old Timer

    July 13th, 2012
    9:40 am

    Hey protocol, hate to tell you this but Carter started the outsourcing of the manufacturing jobs to China. Your just another bleeding heart liberal that speed lies. As Red Foreman always said, Dumd Ass!!

    Old Timer

    July 13th, 2012
    9:42 am

    Stupid auto spell, spreading lies and dumb Ass.

    Tom

    July 13th, 2012
    9:45 am

    What do we exspect the outsourcing of our garment industry started in the 1960’s.We as American’s wanted the $20.00 jeans and cheap, cheap ,cheap everything else.so We wanted the WALMART economy we got it.So shut up you discount shoppers!!!

    Jeff

    July 13th, 2012
    9:48 am

    Forget where they are made. Everyone should be outraged at the stupid beret.

    Jammer

    July 13th, 2012
    9:50 am

    After reading this I thought I’d dress myself with “Made in America” clothing. A quick check of my wardrobe reveals: Shirt (Honduras), Shorts (Macau), Socks (Cambodia), Underwear (Vietnam), and Tennis Shoes (China). Don’t think it would be prudent (or legal) to leave the house wearing only a leather belt!

    FED UP WITH POLITICANS

    July 13th, 2012
    9:51 am

    Why hasnt CONGRESS complained about the flag, 100% sure made in china, just like the one flying at the us capital.

    The Truth

    July 13th, 2012
    9:52 am

    Maybe they ought to go get their contributions in China…Idiots…

    Kay

    July 13th, 2012
    9:52 am

    Believe it or not, the American Flags we were given during an Independence Day Parade, were also made in China. I still cannot believe it. What has our Country done???????

    palmer fralick

    July 13th, 2012
    9:53 am

    Looks like what Danny was wearing to Judge Smails boat launching party in Caddieshack.

    Just checked my clothes....

    July 13th, 2012
    9:53 am

    And wouldn’t ya know it…None of them are made here in the US of A…I guess I should be ashamed…

    The Truth

    July 13th, 2012
    9:53 am

    Oh, and look like crap!

    Alex

    July 13th, 2012
    9:58 am

    So? China is an ally. The uniforms were provided as a donation to the Olympic committee. It cost me nothing in taxes. Go team USA! I really don’t care what is worn as long as we do well in the games. It seems this is a silly issue to spend any time considering.

    MR D

    July 13th, 2012
    10:01 am

    I would not be surprised if the flag was made in China as well

    Bill Mackinnon

    July 13th, 2012
    10:03 am

    Ahem, isn’t this a good business decision? Once the sale is made, making product for the least cost and selling for the most profit? Isn’t this “iconic” American company entitled to make good business decisions? Aren’t conservatives in support of this? It is capitalism and should not be regulated, right?

    ls1z28chris

    July 13th, 2012
    10:04 am

    I’m more insulted that Congress thinks we want those types of jobs to return to America. Yeah, I really want a job doing what a ten year old in Cambodia can do for two dollars a day. That will give me real pride.

    gunga din

    July 13th, 2012
    10:06 am

    bet you will find items made in China in every congressmans’ office . most of the souvenirs sold in DC are made in china. how much of our military supplies are made in china?

    Buy American

    July 13th, 2012
    10:13 am

    Start shopping American now and then you will have a podium to stand on. Use this as a starting point:

    http://www.acontinuouslean.com/the-american-list/

    cynthia

    July 13th, 2012
    10:17 am

    LookInMirror

    July 13th, 2012
    10:19 am

    Hmmmm so let’s ask some questions of congress..Does everyone in congress drive American cars? How many trips abroad have they made to promote trade of American made products? Lets do a tour of their homes…all American made products in them? How about the clothes they wear everyday? Do they take family vacations in America only keeping their disposable income in OUR economy? Let “he” without sin cast…

    Jay

    July 13th, 2012
    10:25 am

    You must see this to appreciate the subject at hand….all characters in sequence.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16K6m3Ua2nw&feature=autoplay&list=UL16K6m3Ua2nw&playnext=1

    James Mattox

    July 13th, 2012
    10:25 am

    We should be more outraged at Congress for faking their outrage, how can they not know, dont they pass these trade agreements? KICK THEM ALL OUT !!!!! Have them look out their window, that flag they see, probably was made in China.

    Pete

    July 13th, 2012
    10:28 am

    Yes, I would have thought that the Olympic committee would have required that the uniforms be made in the USA, regardless of the cost. However, while various government policies over many years may have enabled the movement of manufacturing jobs overseas, the biggest reason is . . . us! As long as we continue to demand and shop for the lowest prices on everything – hence the growth and dominance of WalMart – the manufacturing capacity for these products, textile and apparel in particular, goes to the lowest cost source. A pretty natural process. Simple, really.

    Gene

    July 13th, 2012
    10:30 am

    Outraged? Looking for someone to blame? Do you shop at Walmart? Look in the mirror.

    E-Lane

    July 13th, 2012
    10:30 am

    China owns a huge chunk of our economy anyway, so why should this be any different?

    p

    July 13th, 2012
    10:32 am

    Disgraceful.

    GOD

    July 13th, 2012
    10:33 am

    Where do you think the shoes they use to compete with come from? We dont make athletic shoes in this country.

    jimbo

    July 13th, 2012
    10:34 am

    The outrage (by Pilosi and Reed) is just another ploy to divert attention away from the real issues of jobs and economic growth, with the election only a few months away. I’m surprised they did not “blame Bush”.

    D Money

    July 13th, 2012
    10:35 am

    This isn’t even a blip on the radar screen. I would hope Congress is much more concerned with the economy and education. Until we have companies here providing those types of manufacturing jobs, there’s not much of a choice. I prefer to have a better electronics industry here than clothing. Nothing, electronic wise, is made here anymore.

    Monroe's First Redcoat

    July 13th, 2012
    10:36 am

    Not only are there any number of designers who would have been honored to have the uniforms designed and manufactured in the USA, but those damn things are FUGLY!!! What the hell is up with the beret thing????

    Licensed Customs Broker

    July 13th, 2012
    10:36 am

    People seem to forget (or not realize) that imports create incomes for Americans – airline workers (air cargo), port workers (ocean cargo), truckers, customs brokers, freight forwarders, etc. Not to mention the duties and fees collected by Customs that go towards paying for our ports and MANY other things. Don’t just look at a tag made in a foreign country and say a textile worker is out of a job – remember the supply chain and how many Americans it did employ (the majority making a higher income than a worker for a textile manufacturer).
    Also, seeing that our government does not pay for nor sponsor our Olympic Team, they are required to look elsewhere for funding. Ralph Lauren stepped up for the Team.

    Just Do It!

    July 13th, 2012
    10:40 am

    The athletes should box up the uniforms given to them and show up wearing blue jeans and a shirt with the American flag on the front of it…after all they are representing America, Ralph Laren is only representing his bank account! Those uniforms look like something from a d@#n private school, these are grown @$$ athletes not elementary school students.

    drew

    July 13th, 2012
    10:42 am

    One would think (loose term) that someone (ralphy) would say..” I know!! lets have all our uniforms have a logo on themsaying..MADE IN THE USA”.. that way we can stand tall, walk proud and support Americans and our athelets on the biggest sport show in thw world..The Olympics!!”
    One would think…

    MiltonMan

    July 13th, 2012
    10:42 am

    The outfits used by the US Olympic team in 2008 were also made it China. The BDUs/ACUs that I used to wear in the military were made in China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Bangledesh, etc.

    Spaceneedle

    July 13th, 2012
    10:43 am

    I think we should be more outraged by the huge Ralph Lauren logo on the jacket. It’s bigger than the Olympic patch and makes our athletes look like they are headed to a party in the Hamptons.

    Get Over It

    July 13th, 2012
    10:43 am

    Congress doesn’t have a leg to stand on here. Team USA is funded privately. If they want to beat their chests about where the uniforms are made, perhaps they should pay the bill?

    Licensed Customs Broker

    July 13th, 2012
    10:47 am

    By the way, those ships and airplanes that bring the items in from China do not go back empty. They import from the U.S. as well.
    http://www.joc.com/importexport/strong-exports-weak-imports-narrow-us-trade-deficit-may

    Smart like a fox

    July 13th, 2012
    10:48 am

    lmao…..you people think these rich folks will put anything in front of them making loads of cash? Money before country, or people not living in their house. You thought the 1% cared for us as a nation? Cash is king you dumb followers.

    Think

    July 13th, 2012
    10:50 am

    When you stop all imports you can complain about exports.

    Will

    July 13th, 2012
    10:51 am

    Why is everyone all of the sudden up in arms over American jobs being sent overseas? Go look in your closet and check the tags on your clothes, you will be hard pressed to find many made in the USA. I mean, if we are going to get upset and do something; let’s do something about ALL of the clothes that are made in faraway places where the workers make 22 cents an hour so the designers like R Lauren can maximize their profits. As concerned Americans, we should boycott any designer that does not make his/her clothes here in the good ol’ USA. I’m down.

    Think

    July 13th, 2012
    10:52 am

    Guess what people? Members of the US Army wear berets.

    RALPH LAUREN = GREED

    July 13th, 2012
    10:53 am

    Ralph Lauren has been overchargin on his clothes since day one and when the report came out that he was having the ralph lauren line made in India and China for less than 10 cents a shirt and then turning around and selling them for a hundred dollars or more. The material is crap and Ralph Lauren does not care about anything but money. Those uniforms look like a mixture of three or four EUROPEAN countries!!! LOL!!! The Olympic comittee calls Ralph Lauren an iconic american company….. yet they dont even make or produce any of their clothes in America. Ralph Lauren is far from an American Icon. Got to love how they give credit to the people who move all their buisness overseas when we are in trillions of dollars in debt and cannot even export NOTHING!!! USA is failing at what it was built around!!!

    Rob

    July 13th, 2012
    10:55 am

    I’m so pissed off. I demand a discount at the Polo Factory Store.