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Old 07-16-2012, 04:59 AM
 
Location: Va. Beach
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They do have a point.

The whole idea of the Olympic is global participation, and goodwill among all participants. No politics, just good friendly competition.

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Xinhua snarkily suggested that all U.S. lawmakers should perhaps be banned from "wearing anything or using any product" that was made abroad — a near-impossible restriction in today's globalized economy.

Xinhua singled out U.S. Senate majority leader Harry Reid, who had called for the uniforms to be piled up and burned.

"If there is anything that should be burned, it should really be the hypocrisy of the U.S. politics," it said according to The Associated Press.


They make several good points. While I am all for "Made in America", sometimes, it's just very difficult. When our production costs so much that it prices things out of being economically feasible for the average person to buy, then what.

AND, how many of our congresspeople are driving ONLY American cars, and wearing clothes ONLY made in America?
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Old 07-16-2012, 05:05 AM
 
Location: Where they serve real ale.
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I don't see China's point. If they want to buy American made clothes then what's the problem?
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Old 07-16-2012, 05:06 AM
 
Location: Va. Beach
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I don't see China's point. If they want to buy American made clothes then what's the problem?
It's not that want to buy American clothes, it's that our politicians are whining that they DIDN'T.
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Old 07-16-2012, 05:41 AM
 
Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
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America is clearly too good to bother themselves with making clothing. If anyone want's to pass blame, they ought to blame the government and the citizens. We made plenty of cloths before we were placed in direct competition to slave wage nations (largely by our own politicians).
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Old 07-16-2012, 08:16 AM
 
Location: The D-M-V area
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It's not that want to buy American clothes, it's that our politicians are whining that they DIDN'T.
Our politicians are involved in the reason why more stuff (including those uniforms) are not made in the USA.

I think they're blowing a lot of hot air over a situation they helped to create.
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Old 07-16-2012, 08:41 AM
 
Location: London
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One flag that is not permitted and is explicitly stated on all Olympic tickets is the Tibetan flag so expect to see a few defiant displays of protest during the Olympics.

Personally, I find the repressive demands of the Chinese Government reprehensible but then as most British and American companies decided to offshore their manufacturing base and industry to China then there are no lengths to which they will not go to appease their archaic demands.

Totalitarianism was never eradicated in the aftermath of the cold war. Russia simply converted from a communist totalitarian state to a corporatist totalitarian state and China the same.

The establishment in both nations had no right to seize control of the state assets they gained control of and the ratio of communist party relatives and their kin in the highest positions of privilege in Russian and Chinese society is well over 90%. They also seized control of the energy reserves and state industries by borrowing from state revenues to fund and propel their own evolution from authoritarian dictators to exceedingly wealthy corpratist dictators.

This is not democracy and alot of what REALLY happened in the illegal power grab in these countries has too easily been written off and swept under the carpet under the mumbling excuse of "bureaucratic difficulties" or simply "transition".

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Old 07-16-2012, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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China does have a point. Where were the clothes made last year or the year before ?

Betcha no one knows nor cares. You only care because the MSM had decided to make it an issue for you.
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Old 07-16-2012, 09:14 AM
 
Location: London
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Of course people care. When Burberry's factory closed in Wales for relocation to China it wasn't because Burberry weren't making vast profits. When offshoring began it wasn't an economic necessity at all.

It has only become so because the corporate establishment has dropped a big rock from the top of the canyon propelling them to the summit from where they have become accustomed to unsustainable rewards and privileges whilst everyone else left behind is left to crush under the unbearable weight of a lopsided economy.

The main ingredient in any economy is balance. When you don't have balance anywhere then all you are left with is the turbulence and eternal volatility of debt and a globalised economy where the middle and lower income earners are being asked to bear an disproportionate and unbearable amount of burden and strain.

Inevitably, we are in tailspin and the globalised economy is in a permanent state of regression as a result of the decisions that have been made to drastically re-balance wealth only in order to secure the journey from super-rich to uber-million light years a way richer for the boardroom gluttony and profligacy that has frittered the years of prudence and equilibrium of the post-war years and we have nothing to show for it but record levels of increasing inequality and disparity.
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Old 07-16-2012, 09:19 AM
 
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Why dont we just sweep this one under the rug like we did Tienimen? square and grant them favorite trading partner status? Allasudden we give a sheet? hoooey
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Old 07-16-2012, 09:20 AM
 
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More pablum being fed to you via Faux news courtesy of Reid, Pelosi, Boehner et-al and you folks gobble it up with China now calling you on it. They're correct. Hypocracy knows no bounds with this nonsense.

You courted Chinese markets when all you Romneyites could see were the business perks of a huge bunch of consumers all wanting to buy stuff.

The worm turned with those same business ethics being employed to increase shareholders dividends by taking the labour rates, safety costs, envronmental restrictions out of the manufacturing equation entirely.

Companies like GM getting government money to essentially do business within China by greasing palms there and building factories at your expense and your idiot congressional leaders are making stupid remarks for public consumption and are worried over a few tunics?

Romney'll fix all of this fer sure. NOT!
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