What should we be burning today in a massive pyre of ignorance? Books with controversial messages? Witches? No! According to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, we should be burning Team USA Olympic uniforms because they were manufactured in China…
"I think the Olympic Committee should be ashamed," Reid told reporters on Capitol Hill. He said they should "burn" the current uniforms, and would rather America's athletes wear shirts with "USA" hand-painted on them.
Yes, that's exactly the image we want to project to the world! But where are we going to find American-made plain white shirts and paint, anyway? Following the Reid standard, American athletes will just parade nakedly through London shouting, "U-S-A! U-S-A!," which granted is probably the plan for many American Olympians, but not before they get good and drunk after winning a few medals, damnit.
Also, do you know what else is made in China? Every goddamned thing that doesn't require huge capital investment or technological know-how to manufacture. Chinese textile mills are what free up Americans to work at better jobs like being an accountant or Senator or a writer of snarky blog posts.
Fourth of July fireworks are in made in China. The flag pins Mitt Romney ordered for the 2002 Olympics were made in China. Most baseballs are made in China (though the ones used by Major League Baseball are made in Costa Rica).
In fact, I'm pretty sure Reid just implicitly called for a mass torching of American flags, which if nothing else, is a unique approach to populist campaigning. $3.3 million worth of U.S. flags were imported from China last year.
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Tags: China, Harry Reid, Olympics, Senate, Sports
Over the course of his career at Bain Capital, Mitt Romney was responsible for the creation of thousands of jobs. Mostly in the midwest. Of Guangdong province…
Mitt Romney's financial company, Bain Capital, invested in a series of firms that specialized in relocating jobs done by American workers to new facilities in low-wage countries like China and India.
During the nearly 15 years that Romney was actively involved in running Bain, a private equity firm that he founded, it owned companies that were pioneers in the practice of shipping work from the United States to overseas call centers and factories making computer components, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The morality and economics of outsourcing are a bit murky. After all, the improvement in the livelihood of millions of Chinese and Indians has to count as one of the biggest success stories in economic history. And the lives of American consumers are improved by access to inexpensive foreign-made goods.
But the politics aren't complicated at all…
Speaking at a metalworking factory in Cincinnati last week, Romney cited his experience as a businessman, saying he knows what it would take to bring employers back to the United States. "For me it's all about good jobs for the American people and a bright and prosperous future," he said.
He knows how to bring back jobs because he's the one who sent them away.
And if the barrage of attack ads unleashed by the Obama campaign does manage to paint Romney as a job-destroying plutocrat, at least Bain Capital will be responsible for destroying a rich guy's career for once.
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Tags: Bain Capital, China, Economy, India, Mitt Romney
Do you know how much Mitt Romney loves America? A lot. Like, a lot a lot. He loves America so much he even had special "We Stand United" flag pins made for the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.
And just like every other America-loving businessman, he had them made in China…
At a fundraiser in Virginia last night, Mitt Romney touted his experinece running the Salt Lake City Olympic Games in 2002… He told a story about the "We Stand United" American flag pins he commissioned for the games…Romney touted his creation of the pins as a means to explain how he hopes to bring Americans together…
Complicating Romney's patriotic message is the fact that the pins were made in China, according to a website run by the Utah state government's culture department, as TPM's Evan McMorris-Santoro pointed out on Twitter.
Wow. Mitt Romney is now making so many gaffes, he's had to start outsourcing them to China.
It's pretty telling that his most profound expression of patriotism is a tiny, boring lapel pin. Romney better watch out for the Fourth of July. He might get too worked up and do something crazy, like wear an American flag tie.
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Tags: China, Flags, Mitt Romney, Olympics, Republicans, Utah