Olympic uniforms controversy, so typically hypocritical

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When It Comes To Uniforms, Why Be So Bain?
By RAY HANANIA • Friday, July 20, 2012
Southwest News-Herald Newspaper – In principle, it sure sounds reasonable to ask why the uniforms to be worn by the U.S. Olympic team would be made in China.

After all, the team is supposed to be representing America, and one would think they would be wearing American-made clothing.

But this is America and the fact that the uniforms were made in China is not really shocking. Just very political.

You can’t walk through an American retail store of any kind without running in to products made in China. From clothing to electronic gadgets and children’s toys.

It sure sounds hypocritical when our political leaders complain about the U.S. Olympic Team wearing Chinese-made clothing when there are so many other examples of Chinese products in this country, too.

The politicians and even the media reporting the story are using Chinese made products to report the story and hold their press conferences to complain. The clothes many of them are wearing are made in China, too.

The official baseballs we pitch at American baseball games are made in China, too. Why is it wrong for the U.S. Olympic Team but not wrong for our baseball leagues?

The problem isn’t in China. It’s right here in America.

Americans outsource jobs to many foreign countries that should be held by Americans.

When Mitt Romney headed Bain Capital, it outsourced jobs overseas that could have gone to Americans.

Lots of companies do it, but not all of them are owned by someone running for president of the United States.

Romney claims he left Bain Capital BEFORE the company engaged in outsourcing employees at its holdings. Confusing it more is Romney’s refusal to release his income tax statements for those years that he claims he was not at Bain Capital.

Romney is only releasing the most recent two years of income taxes. He claims former presidential candidate John McCain only released two years of income taxes, so why should he release more?

Well, his father released 12 years of income taxes when he ran for president.

Why are the income taxes important? They could resolve the issue of when Romney actually left Bain Capital. He says he left BEFORE the outsourcing of jobs took place, and though he owns the company he wasn’t in charge or made that decision. President Barack Obama says he was in fact running Bain Capital far longer than he is willing to admit and was in charge when the outsourcing took place.

Outsourcing is a problem.

Just this week, I had to call to ask a question about a service I was receiving, and the “Help Line” patched me into a woman who clearly was speaking with an Indian or Pakistani accent. In the majority of those instances, the person helping is not in an office in the United States, but in a telephone sweat shop in a foreign country.

Why didn’t that American company hire an American to take my call?

It’s cheaper for them to outsource the job. What costs $50 an hour here in the United States only costs pennies in a foreign country.

We buy products made in China because they save us money, even if they cost our country jobs.

China wouldn’t be importing so many products to this country if Americans were not the ones demanding them.

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Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania is an award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter and Columnist who began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He covered Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992 (Mayor Daley to Mayor Daley) and has expanded to writing for newspapers around the world focussed on Middle East and American politics.

Hanania loves to write about American Arabs in politics, and focuses on Arab life in America.

Currently, he writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com. He writes on American politics for the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News newspaper and the Reporter Newspapers. He also writes for the online websites TheArabDailyNews.com and NewsAmericaNetwork.com (Illinois News Network at IllinoisNewsNetwork.com).

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Hanania began in journalism as an activist publishing Chicago’s first English-language American Arab Newspaper “The Middle Eastern Voice” from 1975 through 1977. In 1976, he was hired by the Chicago community newspaper The Southtown Economist (Daily Southtown) and in 1985 was hired by the Chicago Sun-Times and covered Chicago City Hall for both. In 1993, he launched the “The Villager” Newspapers which covered 12 Southwest Chicagoland suburban regions. In 2004, he published “The National Arab American Times” monthly newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East ethnic food stores in 48 American States.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

Hanania’s writings have been published in newspapers around the world. Formerly syndicated by Creators Syndicate, Hanania also has written news, features and Opinion Columns for Al Jazeera English, the Jerusalem Post, YNetNews.com, Arab News, Saudi Gazette, Newsday in New York, the Orlando Sentinel, the Houston Chronicle, The Daily Star, the News of the World, the Daily Yomimuri in Tokyo, Chicago Magazine, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, and Aramco Magazine. His political columns are published in the Southwest News-Herald and Des Plaines Valley News, Regional News and Palos Reporter newspapers in Chicagoland. Hanania is the President/CEO of Urban Strategies Group media and public affairs consulting which has clients in Illinois, Florida, Michigan and Washington D.C.

Hanania is Palestinian Christian from prominent Bethlehem and Jerusalem families. His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.

His Facebook Page is Facebook.com/rghanania

Email him at: RGHanania@gmail.com