Buying American Seems Foreign to #CPAC2014 Exhibitors
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — “Hi! Would you like an American-made keychain?” an aide with the Alliance for American Manufacturing asks while dangling a shiny, red- white- and blue-lettered bottle opener to the CPAC faithful.
The group, which religiously tracks the downward spiral of domestic hiring — 6.1 million jobs lost from 2001-2009, per their estimates — practices what it preaches, proudly distributing U.S.-born trinkets to the grabby stream of passersby.
But here, amidst this celebration of the party of Ronald Reagan, the AAM is one of the few keeping the faith.
HOH spotted a handful of other American-made keepsakes (a water bottle here, a patriotic pen there) up for grabs at the various booths set up in the “CPAC Hub.” But the brunt of the giveaways being greedily stuffed into near-bulging gift bags appeared to have traveled much further than those piled into ballrooms bemoaning the fate of American exceptionalism.
Prominent outsourcers include:
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas
Families Against Mandatory Minimums
The Washington Times
Independent Journal Review
Xie xie, socialist factory workers!
College Republicans National Committee
Mil gracias, Caribbean sweatshops!