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Why NOT Make Olympic Uniforms in China?

• http://www.cato.org, by Daniel J. Ikenson
 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said he was "so upset... they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again." House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, clucked of the Olympic committee at a news conference that "You'd think they'd know better."
 
To prevent such abominations in the future, six Democratic senators plan to introduce the "Team USA Made in America Act of 2012" next week. According to co-sponsor Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, the legislation will mandate that "(f)rom head to toe, Team U.S.A. must be made in America." (The U.S. Olympic Committee announced Friday that it was too late to remake the uniforms for the London Games, but said the U.S. clothing for the 2014 Winter Games would be made in the U.S.)
 
Perhaps the Beltway crowd can be forgiven for scoring some easy political points in election season, and the "scandal" will eventually burn out. But of greater concern is the lack of aptitude for basic economic and trade realities demonstrated by our leaders' remarks.
 

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