Tuesday, June 20, 2006

American Flag Made Overseas


China Profits From Our Patriotic Hearts, Soldiers' Blood

In 2003 the US imported six million dollars worth of flags from the rest of the world with the Chinese contributing $4.5 million to the imports. Another statistic of interest is that in 2001 flag imports topped out at $51.7 million with $29.7 million coming from the Chinese. In the four weeks following the tragedy of September 11th 2001 the US imported $34.8 million worth of American flags.

A question arises. Why is the United States allowing something so sacred to be produced by foreign nations? It is bad enough that American businesses are taking American jobs overseas but must we pledge an allegiance to the flag made in China?

For the past 10 sessions of Congress a bill has been introduced prohibiting the import of American flags, and for the past 10 sessions of Congress none of the bills introduced have ever been considered by any committee in the House of Representatives.

Representative Ted Strickland (D) from Ohio is the lone sponsor to H. R. 2410, a bill that prohibits the importation of foreign-made flags. Why no other elected leaders have endorsed this legislation poses a simple question.

Many of you are riding the wave of patriotism by supporting our troops with a ribbon magnet. Do you know where that magnet was produced? Once again the Chinese are making money off our patriotic hearts and our soldiers' blood.

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1 comment:

evenstar said...

A question arises. Why is the United States allowing something so sacred to be produced by foreign nations?

Because even though it's "sacred", everyone buys the cheapest one on the shelf. All the flags costing more are obviously just ripping us off. Same for everything else.

Viva Wal-Mart and the free market: I want it now, I want it cheap and I don't care who has to be exploited or rendered jobless to get it.

Same thing over here: it disgusts me!