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Published:March 23rd, 2009 14:04 EST
Outrage: Fed Agency Buys Condoms From China

Outrage: Fed Agency Buys Condoms From China

By Robert Paul Reyes


"At a time when the federal government is spending billions of stimulus dollars to stem the tide of U.S. layoffs, should that same government put even more Americans out of work by buying cheaper foreign products?

That`s the dilemma for the folks at the U.S. Agency for International Development, which has distributed an estimated 10 billion U.S.-made AIDS-preventing condoms in poor countries around the world.

In a move expected to cost 300 American jobs, the government is switching to cheaper off-shore condoms, including some made in China." Mike McGraw/The Kansas City Star

This news deflates the hopes of Americans who are depending on the government to stem the tide of layoffs.

I hope that none of these condoms find their way to the states -- any Chinese manufactured condoms are likely to be too small for the American market.

Lead has been discovered in many Chinese products, the last thing any guy would do is strap on a Chinese condom.

Unfortunately, the recent congressional appropriates bill didn`t contain a buy-American clause. Government agencies aren`t legally obligated to buy American, but they should feel morally compelled to buy products made in the good old USA.

Alatech, an Alabama company, is the largest American manufacturer of condoms, and they are devastated by the news. I would advise the good folks at Alatech to keep their spirits up, when the lawsuits start piling up the US Agency for International Development will stop buying inferior Chinese condoms.