Team USA sported Ralph Lauren’s much maligned, Chinese-made Olympic uniforms during the Opening Ceremony’s Parade of Nations, the runway of athletes that marks the patriotism-inducing finish to the rousing spectacle.
It was hard to miss the firestorm of indignation that erupted over the foreign-made uniforms: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called for the burning of the preppie-nautical duds. The brouhaha even prompted Congress to draft a bill requiring that Team USA’s Olympic uniforms be made in America in the future.
For his part, Lauren has promised the uniforms he’s delivering for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, will be U.S.-made.
But the bipartisan political clamor over the Chinese uniforms smacks of hypocritical grandstanding: The very lawmakers who are so outraged serve in a government that has promoted a globalized economy, which has resulted in the offshoring of U.S. jobs to foreign countries.
And a snapshot of where many of the big consumer products sold in the U.S. are actually made underlines the point that “Made in China” tags have become as American as apple pie.
But of course, China isn’t the only importer of goods sold in the U.S. We took an unscientific survey of some of America’s more popular products to see where they’re actually made.
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