Flogging China raises flags

Yesterday, members of the U.S. Congress held a press conference to protest that our U.S. Olympics uniforms are to be manufactured in China. A laudatory protest, to be sure. But our patriotism has already been sold to China.Image

On July 3, the U.S. Census Bureau sent an email titled, “Profile America Facts for Features: The Fourth of July 2012.” It revealed that the United States imported $3.6 million worth of American flags — of which $3.3 million worth was imported from China. In addition, of the $232.5 million of fireworks the U.S. imported in 2011, $223 million came from — you guessed it — China. In contrast, the U.S. exported only $15.8 million worth of fireworks, with Australians our largest buyer. Go Aussies!!

If you want to buy American, eat. Most of the hot dogs and pork sausages eaten on the Fourth of July came from pigs raised in Iowa, North Carolina, and Minnesota, reports the Census Bureau. Beef hot dogs, steaks, and burgers likely came from cows raised in Texas, Nebraska, or Kansas. Chickens? They were raised in Georgia, Arkansas, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, or Texas. Want chips with that? Half the potatoes consumed by Americans in 2011 came from Idaho and Washington state.

That should make you fat and happy. If it doesn’t, wave that flag. Just check the label first.

Update: Los Angeles Times: Ralph Lauren to make 2014 Olympic uniforms in the U.S.


Tom Pfeifer is the managing partner and chief strategist for Consistent Voice Communications. Reach him at Tom@YourConsistentVoice.com.

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