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?How you like that, Alabama? See what you get for voting Republican, you pellegra-and-hookworm-infested crackers? Congratulations! You've been shafted by Hope. And they didn't even have the common courtesy to give you a reach-around.
In this case, Chinese condoms. . . .
In a move expected to cost 300 American jobs, the government is switching to cheaper off-shore condoms, including some made in China.
"Of course, we considered how many U.S. jobs would be affected by this move,” said a USAID official who spoke on the condition that he would not be named. But he said the reasons for the change included lower prices (2 cents versus more than 5 cents for U.S.-made condoms) and the fact that Congress dropped "buy American language" in a recent appropriations bill.
Besides, he said, the sole U.S. supplier -- an Alabama company called Alatech -- had previous delivery problems under the program. . . .
Fannie Thomas, who has been making AIDS-preventing condoms in southeastern Alabama for nearly 40 years in the small town of Eufaula.
"We pay taxes down here, too, and with all this stimulus money going to save jobs, it seems to me like they (the U.S. government) should share this contract so they can save jobs here in America," Thomas said. . . .
In fact, the government is close to accepting condoms from two offshore companies: Unidus Corp., which makes condoms in South Korea, and Qingdao Double Butterfly Group, which makes them in China.
(H/T: Memeorandum; see also Reason Hit & Run and the show-tune-quoting Instapundit.)
UPDATE: "Not quite shovel-ready," if you know what I mean, and I think you do. Nudge-nudge.