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Stimulus? U.S. to buy Chinese condoms, ending Alabama jobs
Mike McGraw | Kansas City Star
last updated: March 23, 2009 08:13:18 AM
Call it a condom conundrum.
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?
In this case, Chinese condoms.
That's the dilemma for the folks at jobs, the government is switching to cheaper off-shore condoms, including some made in China.
In a move expected to cost 300 American jobs, 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.
But not anymore.
The switch comes despite assurances over the years that the agency would continue to buy American whenever possible.
Originally posted by hypervigilant
This is a major mistake in more ways than meet the eye.... The city of New York tried passing out free condoms that were made in Japan in an effort to combat the spread of the AIDS virus and the program did not work..... The reason was that the condoms did not fit American penises..... Sometimes it is in the best interest of everyone to buy American and keep people employed over here and size and fit issues will be avoided as well.