If the U.S. Coast Guard shirt made in China fits.....

In Friday's Globetrotting entry about the flap over U.S. Olympic team parade uniforms being made in China, I began by saying I had five words for the outraged members of Congress who were wearing the emperor's new clothes.

A reader will now allow me to make the point in a different way with the old picture-is-worth-a-thousand-words device.

Among the points in that column (click here to read it), which also appeared in Saturday's print editions of the Tribune, was the likelihood these same members or their families had clothes, computers and athletic gear not made in the USA.

Responding to the column via Twitter, the reader said:

Mike Cooper@Cooper_Mike  @olyphil Got a Coast Guard Academy polo shirt when wifey returned from nephew's grad ceremony. Made in China. Doesn't Gov't own that place?

Then he was gracious enough to send a photo of the shirt in question, which bears theU.S. Coast Guardlogo and a red, white and blue U.S. shield on the chest and a tag at the collar reading "LG Made in China."

Cooper said in an email the shirt was purchased at the Coast Guard Academy bookstore.

And I can answer his question:  Yes, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy is a federal service academy.

And I can now size up the situation by saying to the House hypocrites and sanctimonious Senators:

If the shirt fits, wear it.

 

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