So the U.S. Olympic team's natty new uniforms were made in China. Anybody surprised?
Oh, right. You're outraged. Like Harry Reid, the Democratic leader of the Senate, who thinks the U.S. Olympic Committee needs to start over. "They should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them," he said. Hey, we could even hold a pep rally around the uniform-fueled bonfire. USA! USA! USA!
Assume for a moment that those very same uniforms were made in America, which they certainly could have been (we do still make a few things here, believe it or not). Would everything seem to be just fine, then?
Um, sure, if you send your kids to prep school and summer in the Hamptons. You'd feel right at home amidst people wearing blue blazers, white slacks, and for the women, white skirts and bobby socks. James, fetch me my riding whip.
Ralph Lauren, who designed the uniforms, apparently hasn't noticed, but a lot of Americans are a little touchy these days about the growing gap between the wealthy and everybody else. In the U.S. presidential campaign, one of the controversial subthemes is class warfare supposedly fomented by President Obama, as he lobbies for higher taxes on the rich and calls out his Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, as an aristocrat who shipped thousands of jobs overseas while running the private-equity firm Bain Capital.