USA Olympic uniforms aren't even made in America

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The Olympics are always a time for national pride – as we send 530 of the best American athletes to compete against the rest of the world to prove that America still kicks butt. But this Olympics – we’ll be reminded that the United States is no longer the best at one very important thing – manufacturing.

That’s because the Olympic uniforms our athletes will be wearing this year weren’t even made in America. As an ABC News report revealed – Ralph Lauren, which designed our national uniforms – manufactured all the clothing in…you guessed it…China. That’s right, we can’t even get our freakin’ national uniform for the Olympics made in America.

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Are the olympics in the pocket of big french fry

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/07/are-the-olympics-in-the-pocket-of-big-french-fry/259714/

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I sent a tweet to Sen. Bernie Sanders asking him if he can help out with this situation the way he helped get some of the gift shops at federal buildings to replace foreign made souvenirs with some made in the USA.

http://www.sanders.senate.gov/

https://twitter.com/SenSanders ( @SenSanders )

http://www.facebook.com/senatorsanders

( Bernies campaign web sites are below )

http://www.bernie.org/

https://twitter.com/FriendsOfBernie ( @FriendsOfBernie )

http://www.facebook.com/friendsofbernie

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I can't believe the concern over where the uniforms are made takes precidense over how hideous they look. Shouldn't we be more concerned that our athletes will look like clowns?

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When people get desperate for something of relevance to slam the opponent with they resort to 14 year old tax returns, and a uniforms country of origin. Hartmann, you are getting to be a one trick pony with little to rant about except Reagan, Reagan, and more Reagan. Find some new material. Your hate radio is getting stale and your show is getting dropped in more and more cities.

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I could agree to focus on the style rather than the source were not the question of America not at issue. Outsourcing everything, when our Olympics is milked for patriotism, would be a stupid business practice in any sector.

The issue of Romney's tax returns, on the other hand, go to his resume claims for the Presidency. Were he a Constitutional law Professor, we would be mining his writings and opinions because that would be his Presidential Experience base. Romney says that he knows how to run an economy and create jobs. What has he done and how has he made this money? It goes to the credentials he has presented, not to something in which he might have opinions but no badges of expertise.

So, the Con Law prof has a bad tax advisor and has some problems in his returns. We look and see that he has expertise in his field but is kind of sloppy in his housekeeping. It might matter, but it is not about his expertise. Suppose a rich guy candidate like Romney had a nasty divorce, and in that divorce he was emotional at a point and foolish. It might matter to our decision on character, but it would have nothing to do with his business skills.

It really does matter that Romney thinks that he created jobs and was a great money maker as he practiced what I believe ought to be seen as criminal in its results. This was not capitalism in the honest sense. It was financial gamesmanship and fraud under the cover of law. We have a right to be offended by the way he did his business even if it was "perfectly legal." We have a right to ask the questions and to imagine the worst if we don't get answers.

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