Offshoring the Olympics: Why It Matters Where Uniforms Are MadeSource: The Nation
July 13, 2012
The bipartisan consensus on trade policy has extended across Democratic and Republican administrations for two decades, providing steady reminders of the reality that when Wall Street calls politicians of both parties answer. Trade debates have made coalition partners of Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich, George W. Bush and Tom Daschle, Barack Obama and Paul Ryan.
Multinational corporations and their CEOs are agreed on the appeal of free-trade agreements that allow businesses to move their operations from country to country in an endless race to the bottom. And that's good enough for most Republicans and too many Democrats.
Unfortunately, that race to the bottom has not benefitted workers, farmers, the environment or democracy in the United States or the vast majority of its trading partners. Indeed, the trade deals that the United States has entered into since the North American Free Trade Agreement have coincided with the shuttering of tens of thousands of American factories, the downsizing and destruction of key industries and the quantifiable loss of hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs.
Now, the US workers are losing something else: the chance to make the uniforms for our Olympic athletes.