Thursday, July 05, 2007

Fly U.S. flag made in China, go to jail

The comment under the link in the Foundation for Economic Education's daily briefing sums it up: "This is embarrassing."

The American state of Minnesota has announced that all US flags sold in the state should be of American manufacture, and warned violaters of the law, that they would be punished by a 1,000 dollar fine, or imprisoned for three months.

The series of new laws is supported by the Flag Manufacturers' Association of America. It has complained about a flood of US flags, valued at 5.3 million dollars, imported mostly from China last year ...

The law is expected to be passed by the end of the year, reports The Times.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Vache Folle said...

Where on the design of the flag is an area to desigfnate country of origin? Would it still be an official flag if it were emblazoned with the words MADE IN USA? I reckon it will be necessary to require flag flyers to maintain documentation of their flags' origin.

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Steve said...

I think this is simple-minded thinking that gets the "cheap applause" that politicians so eagerly and easily gain from the general populace of no-brain redneck Americans. Anybody that knows the basics of economics and free trade will be able to figure that one out.

I think these laws are stupid and there is no reason for them.

You can vote on this topic here if you like:
My post about US Flag Law

9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the law is really stupid. There's some interesting commentary about it here. -- medford

11:42 AM  
Blogger jomama said...

What a novel way to 'burn' the
American dream of the unhindered
market.

12:42 PM  

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