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Sunday, 22 July 2012

Outrage for Team USA Ralph Lauren Olympics

The USA opening uniforms for the Olympics look really smart and yet there is outrage from Americans - even in the power house.

Team USA's clothing and mementos, it has been said, would keep $1 billion if they were all made in America and not outsorced

"Lawmakers were outraged Thursday after an ABC World News report revealed that the U.S. Olympic team’s opening ceremony outfits are made in China. Some suggested making a bonfire with the outfits, which include berets and blazers.

“I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said when asked by ABC News today, “If they have to wear nothing but a singlet that says USA on it, painted by hand, that is what they should wear.” Voices of principle speak.

Team USA will be marching into the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony wearing Ralph Lauren blazers and berets, much as they did four years ago when Lauren dressed them. ABC’s Sharyn Alfonsi reported Wednesday evening that every clothing item that the U.S. athletes will be wearing at the opening ceremony in London will carry an overseas label.

Reid said today that the U.S. Olympic committee should be “ashamed of themselves,” and “embarrassed,” that the items were made in China, especially with people in the textile industry in America who are looking for jobs.

The Congressional reaction on Capitol Hill today extended to both houses and both parties.

“You’d think they know better,” Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-OH., said in response to a question from ABC News today.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said that since the Olympic athletes represent the very best in America they should be wearing uniforms made in America.

“They work so hard. They represent the very best, and they’re so excellent. It’s all so beautiful. And they should be wearing uniforms that are made in America.”

Are there lessons to be learned? Every situation provides an opportunity to learn lessons - this situation is no exception.

From a personal perspective, I love the way people in America encourage success and the pull together especially in a crisis. Even if the uniform issue is not resvolved, I hope this will not affect performance. In our stores here, many clothes are made in India with huge profit margins. The savings are not even passed onto the consumer. People are learning by looking at the labels.

Peace, love and best wishes
Pauline Maria

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