Unpatriotic or Smart Business Move?

Since word first got out that Ralph Lauren outsourced the production of the U.S. Olympic team’s opening ceremony uniforms to China, many people have expressed outrage, but is this fair?


A host of politicians from each side of the aisle is up in arms about how the U.S. Olympic Committee allowed Ralph Lauren (RLto outsource the production of the U.S. team’s opening ceremony uniforms to China.

But, according to a Businessweek article, they’ve all lost track of some basic economic facts. The decision was good for business. Those made-in-China items are good for the U.S. economy and for U.S. jobs.

Most U.S. apparel manufacturing operations folded decades ago because of the bad economy. Only 97,000 Americans still have jobs in apparel production, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Even the top U.S.-based companies outsource their production to other countries, Businessweek reports.

"Not only is outsourcing good for business, but the future of the American economy is dependent upon it," writes Larry Popelka.

"So let’s stop whining about a few 'Made in China' tags and start cheering for all of the great athletic performances made possible by superior U.S. innovation."

But Patch wants to know, what do you think? Was it silly for people to be upset about the U.S. uniforms being manufactured in another country, or did the news dampen your Olympic, patriotic spirit?

Tell us in the comments!

FM August 06, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Do the Giants and 49ers buy their uniforms exclusively from San Francisco based companies?
Vanessa Castañeda August 06, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Is it important that they do?
Rick Bonilla August 07, 2012 at 12:56 AM
This country has outsourced so many good working class jobs that now literally millions of Americans can not find a job. Is that fair?
Mike August 07, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Typical of the way many people think. Blame everyone but yourself for doing business with foreign manufacturing. Although the cause of the problem goes beyond just the board room or the living room we do not as a country see it. We think in simple terms and blame politicians or rich CEOs for the loss of American jobs. Well at least we are parttialy right. The politicians are allowing it more than what they need to. So let's address just that narrow thinking. Do Americans buy American or do they go with what is in their miind is the "better deal"? The job of any coporate leader is to make money for the investors, or the partners. That's business! In some cases we may not have a choice regarding the country of origin, but in those cases that we do the answer is not all that complicated. If we do not buy it they will not import it. That may hurt the longshoreman, as well as independent truckers and/or Teamsters. But, it wil not destroy them.
Rick Bonilla August 07, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Thanks for your comments Mike. Just for the record, I buy American made goods whenever I can.


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