Fines and Jail For Bush?
Published on March 21, 2004 By Wahkonta Anathema In Politics

In yet another proof of the hypocricy of the Republicrats, here is an excerpt from an article on the Presidents own website offering foreign made products to finance his own campaign. Not just foreign, these are products made by slaves in Burma - ridiculous how anyone could support such people, or the Candidates that would do such. What do they say? "Phone not calls not returned" and "no comment". yadayadayada...ridiculous.
Excerpt begins:

"The official merchandise Web site for President George W. Bush's re-election campaign
has sold clothing made in Burma, whose goods were banned by Bush from the U.S. last
year to punish its military dictatorship.

The merchandise sold on www.georgewbushstore.com includes a $49.95 fleece pullover,
embroidered with the Bush-Cheney '04 logo and bearing a label stating it was made in
Burma, now Myanmar. The jacket was sent to Newsday as part of an order that included a
shirt made in Mexico and a hat not bearing a country-of-origin label.

The Bush merchandise is handled by Spalding Group, a 20-year-old supplier of campaign
products and services in Louisville, Ky., that says it worked for the last five
Republican presidential nominees.

Ted Jackson, Spalding's president, said, "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 thefleece pullovers in its warehouse, and that a supplier
included the Burma product by mistake.

Bush campaign officials did not return calls seeking comment. The imports are
potentially an issue because outsourcing has become a hot political topic in the
election.

Bush last July signed into law the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act, saying "The
United States will not waver from its commitment to the cause of democracy and human
rights in Burma."

Violators of the import ban are subject to fines and jail, according to the U.S.
Treasury Department.

Excerpt ends. Click link for full article.

Comments
on Mar 21, 2004
Conspiracy theories. Thats all you tin hats can come up with?



Mr. Tom Josefiak
General Counsel
Bush Cheney '04 Inc.

Dear Mr. Josefiak:

I am writing to apologize and accept responsibility for the recent distribution of foreign goods in our Bush Cheney '04 merchandise program. We take great pride in providing this service to your campaign, and at your request have worked with our vendors to distribute goods that have been made in America.

Unfortunately, in one of our recent shipments, a vendor inadvertently supplied us with foreign goods, and our own company did not discover this mistake before distribution to the public. The purchase orders for these items included a statement specifying "Made in USA products." (See attached document). We received an acknowledgement from our supplier substantiating that it was their factory mistake. (See attached document).

We have already reviewed our entire stock of items and have pulled from inventory all foreign products. Of the 60 fleece jackets in stock, only two were from Burma. According to best estimates by our supplier, less than a total of ten items from Burma were shipped to the public. We have taken corrective action to assure this will never happen again. We are a small company employing 40 workers and take pride in the professional services provided by our hard-working American families.

Please accept my sincere apologies for this error and let me assure you that all necessary steps have been taken to guarantee that all future shipments will contain only American made products.

Sincerely,

Ted Jackson
President, Spalding Group"



on Mar 21, 2004
Thanks for the comment, Island.

~Dan
on Mar 21, 2004
Now that's funny.
on Mar 21, 2004
It isn't something to 'come up with' just factual news reporting. If you read the report it also cites other items of dubious origin. I just find it funny that the same guy who is threatenting American Citizens if they do business with Nations States HE has decided are outlawed, is doing business on his own presidentiall web site with them.

Another example of the hypocricy of the Republicrats not doing what they say and saying what they mean. It is good they have made the correction, minimizing the error, and I would not be surprised if the items were set up by a "L' word worker who penetrated for this reason. Some have been held for over a year as potential terrorists for such though. They would they could write a letter of apology and go free. Double standard?
on Mar 21, 2004
It sounds as if it was a mistake though, which is forgivable, since it's not intentional. Did those potential terrorists willingly do such acts though?
on Mar 22, 2004
It's truly amazing how we can be so forgivable when it comes to Republican "mistakes"; yet go ballistic when the Dems make mistakes.
on Mar 22, 2004
"and I would not be surprised if the items were set up by a "L' word worker who penetrated for this reason. Some have been held for over a year as potential terrorists for such though. They would they could write a letter of apology and go free. Double standard?"

Conspiracy theories? You guys never get enough.

"It's truly amazing how we can be so forgivable when it comes to Republican "mistakes"; yet go ballistic when the Dems make mistakes."

Yeah ok. We know the media is never biased against Republicans.

on Mar 22, 2004
island dog: I know you don't want to be seen as being a person who defends wrongful or violative acts here. So I ask a question to allow you to set it straight on this. If the President states that trade with Burma is illegal, and products from that Nation are found to be sold on a site for a political Candidate, is it wrong?
The checks have worked and the products have apparently been removed from the President's site. This is good and a admission - as you show in the letter by the Spalding Group - is the proper thing to do. I think you are saying you agree that the apology for the wrong done is okay with you too, right?
on Mar 26, 2004
Alas, and just when outsourcing is fast becoming the new AMerican way!  
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