Ahhh, the Olympics-- a time when countries from all over the world come together to show off the best they have to offer.
But when Americans March into London's Olympic Park July 27th, they will be wearing outfits not made in the USA, but in China.
From the beret to the navy jacket to the tan buck shoes-- all of them are Chinese products. It's probably not the best time for this work to be outsourced.
American mogul Ralph Lauren designed the outfits but sent the work overseas. That is bad news for the 65,000 U.S. textile workers who have lost jobs as more than 100 mills have shut down here.
To be fair, they are not bad looking uniforms-- kind of like something a snobby French flight attendant might wear, but the Polo logo on the jacket is so obnoxiously big it looks like you could ride that horse home!
Of course, they are red, white and blue, but they have Congress seeing nothing but red.
"They should take all the uniforms," said Nevada Senator Harry Reid, "put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again."
That's probably not the soundest financial plan, seeing as the women's outfits cost $1500 each and the men's, $1945.
But don't manufacturers claim to outsource work because they say it's "cheaper" overseas? Surely somebody in the USA could make a uniform for less than two grand.
Ralph Lauren is not talking, but the U.S. Olympic Committee said, "Unlike most Olympic teams around the world, the U.S. Olympic Team is privately funded and we're grateful for the support of our sponsors."
But that didn't convince House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, "They should be wearing uniforms made in America." House Speaker John Boehner was in rare agreement with Pelosi, saying, "You think they'd know better.
Better than what? 2002 or 2004; when the outfits were made in Canada?