John Stossel on Why It's a Good Thing China Made Our Olympics Uniforms

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It seems logical that Americans lose if American clothing is made overseas. But that's nonsense. First, it's no surprise the uniforms were made in China. Most clothing is. That's fine. It saves money. We invest the savings in other things, like the machines that Chinese factories buy and the trucks that ship the Olympic uniforms.

The Cato Institute's Daniel Ikenson's adds: "We design clothing here. We brand clothing here. We market and retail clothing….Chinese athletes arrived in London by U.S.-made aircraft, trained on U.S.-designed and -engineered equipment, wear U.S.-designed and -engineered footwear, having perfected their skills using U.S.-created technology." That's free trade. Trade makes us richer.

While making the clothes in America would employ some Americans, the excess cost would mean that the Olympic committee had less to spend on other products—many of which are made in America.

More to the point, writes John Stossel, losing jobs like cutting, sewing, and working on a loom is a sign of progress because working in factories is unpleasant. 

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  1. But but but

    Dey toouk err jerbs!

  2. Also, I’m sure we’ll get all those jobs back in a few years, after we’ve stopped even attempting to teach math or science.

  3. Same people who hear “outsourcing” and are trained to have seizures, support policies which price jobs out of America. http://placeitonluckydan.com/2…..can-china/

  4. working in factories is unpleasant.

    Do the likes of Maddow, Schultz, and other agonizing commercial makers really believe in some sort of inherent nobility to manufacturing and factory jobs? Or do they just recognize the jobs’ current utility to their ultimate political goals?

    1. Factories are where the dumb people go because they’re not smart enough to be elite journalists.

  5. While making the clothes in America would employ some Americans, the excess cost would mean that the Olympic committee had less to spend on other products bribes ? many of which are made in America.

    C’mon, this is the Olympics we’re talking about here. I wouldn’t want to have to choose between the Olympics and the UN for sheer corruption.

    1. Bribery is as American as apple pie – more, even.

  6. Interestingly enough, the U.S. is still the 3rd largest producer and the largest exporter of cotton.

    1. http://www.nationmaster.com/gr…..ing-output

      Despite claims to the contrary, the US consistently ranks among the worlds most efficient manufacturing economies in the world.

      1. And that is quite likely to take a major leap in the near future with the continued progress of robotics and 3-D printing.

        Of course none of that involves humans doing back breaking physical work on an assembly line, so I suppose the progressives will not be happy about it.

  7. American manufacturing could always work to price itself back into global competition.

    But more on topic, the H+R teaser post and the article itself have different commenting sections? I don’t know if I like that.

    1. American manufacturing could always work to price itself back into global competition.

      Depends on what you are manufacturing. What I see happening is companies going more and more to robotic/automated manufacturing rather than hiring humans. If you manufacture time sensitive products, you have a leg up on even the Chinese.

  8. I work in the logistics industry. Chinese wages are rising and encouraging production to move to other, cheaper countries. Some of that may come back here to the US, but most of it won’t. Heck, how long before Myanmar (for instance) really starts trading?

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