Friday, March 19, 2004

Bushies for Burma It's sort of hard to believe, but it appears that at least one official Bush campaign apparel item was manufactured in Burma--a military dictatorship subject to a US import ban.

Just as odd is the explanation given by the President of the Spalding Group--the campaign's merchandise licensee:

"We have found only one other in our inventory that was made in Burma. The others were made in the U.S.A." He said the company had about 60 of the fleece pullovers in its warehouse, and that a supplier included the Burma product by mistake.

How does this work? The manufacturer cranked out a grand total of two fleeces at a Burmese plant? And then shifted production to the US? It doesn't pass the smell test.

But something tells me we'll be hearing more about this.

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