Congress Wages War… on the Olympic Uniforms???

25 07 2012


Well, I guess we knew at some point Democrats and Republicans would reach across party lines and work together to combat a particular issue. I just didn’t think the Olympic uniforms would be that issue… and yet, here we are, in a time when Congress should probably be focused on other things, listening to various representatives posture for the media about how ANGRY they are with this development.

To wit:

“I am so upset,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. “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.”

And what would Rep Reid like our athletes to wear instead, you might ask? “If they have to wear nothing but a singlet that says USA on it, painted by hand, then that’s what they should wear,” he continued. Oh. OK.

Then Rep Steve Israel, D-NY, took it a step further, involving the economy – of course.

“It is not just a label, it’s an economic solution,” he said. “Today there are 600,000 vacant manufacturing jobs in this country and the Olympic committee is outsourcing the manufacturing of uniforms to China? That is not just outrageous, it’s just plain dumb. It is self-defeating.”

Riiiight. Because manufacturing the Olympic uniforms (a temporary job) in the United States was going to definitely solve our economic problems in this country. Uh huh.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, weighed in with a bit of a calmer response, saying,

“You’d think they’d know better.”

Yes, Representative Boehner, you would think they would know better. But instead of the US Olympic Committee being the “they,” I mean you all.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I understand why many people have issues with the American uniforms being made in China (and that’s not even getting into the controversy over how bad they look), but what I don’t get is why Congress needs to take a stand for this issue. Don’t we have a jobs bill that should be getting passed? And if Congress wants to get all up in arms about things dealing with China, maybe they should look at how China is beating us in all things education and technology. In fact, I’m pretty sure that – wait for it – we outsource manufacturing to China all the time!

Look, I get it. Politically, this wasn’t the brightest move. And since we’re in the middle of the big political Presidential Campaign season, most politicians are going to take any chance to show how patriotic they are and talk about why it’s important to create and keep jobs in America. I would just rather my elected officials work on getting that accomplished than stand around arguing about some uniforms for athletes.

Am I wrong here? Let’s discuss.




2 responses

25 07 2012

Yes this was a classic tail of let’s be loud for the sake of being loud…(shakes head and walks away)

25 07 2012

Right! lol

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