The White House announced this week’s ‘theme’ will be “Made in America” week. Now, I was not aware that there were ‘theme weeks’, but apparently, unbeknownst to me, they have been going on for a while. Apparently there was an “Infrastructure Week” that collided with former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee about his abrupt firing. And then there was “Jobs Week” that was interrupted by a shooting at a congressional baseball practice, a day after Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate. My personal opinion here is that these are reminiscent of things a kindergarten teacher might think of to keep his/her young charges interested and occupied, but I suspect the reality is that it is an attempt to keep We The People distracted from the more relevant, important issues.
According to White House director of media affairs, Helen Ferre, “This week the Trump administration will honor the amazing American workers and companies who have products that are made in America.” She said America sets “the world standard for quality and craftsmanship.” Certainly the “Trump administration” will NOT be honouring any of Trump’s companies, nor his daughters!
How seriously can we take a man who says, “America First”, who demands companies stop outsourcing production of their products outside the country, when nearly all his own products are manufactured outside the U.S.? Let us take a quick look at where Trump & Co.’s products originate:
- Shirts – China, Bangladesh, Honduras and Vietnam
- Sport coats – India and South Korea
- Suits – Indonesia and Mexico
- Eyeglasses – China
- Furniture – Germany and Turkey
- Home goods – China, India and Slovenia
- Hotel items – China, Taiwan, South Korea
Remember when you were a kid and your parent used to say, “don’t do as I do, do as I say”? ‘Nuff said.
But that isn’t all … daughter Ivanka Trump’s company produces almost all its clothing, shoes, handbags and more in Malta, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea and Yemen.
It rather makes a mockery of Trump’s inaugural speech …
“We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs. We will follow two simple rules — buy American and hire American.”
And while Ivanka Trump published a book this spring declaring that improving the lives of working women is “my life’s mission,” her company actually does less than most to ensure fair treatment of the largely female workforce employed in factories around the world.
Products manufactured in the countries mentioned above are often produced in sweatshops, where poor working conditions, unfair wages, unreasonable hours, child labour, and a lack of benefits for workers is the norm. This is why companies like the Trumps’ outsource overseas … labour costs are dramatically reduced. While Donald and Ivanka are contributing to this travesty, he is talking out of the other side of his mouth about “bringing jobs back to America”.
This whole ‘weekly theme’ idea is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard. Educators may use weekly themes, food companies may use weekly themes, but governments do not use weekly themes. So why? No other reason that I can see than to keep our eyes off of the ever-expanding ties between the Trump family & advisors to the Russian government. To keep us from wondering just exactly how much collusion took place between Trump & Co. and Vladimir Putin. To keep us from wondering just who else is involved and in what capacity. To keep us from focusing too much on the abominable “health care” bill that is currently awaiting a vote in the Senate. To keep us from thinking about how much of our money Trump is wasting with his every-weekend golf outings. To keep us from focusing on how his executive orders are leading to the destruction of the planet earth.
Obviously, since I, who am a major news junkie, did not realize we were playing “theme of the week”, his attempts to distract have not been very successful. Perhaps that is the reason this week’s theme has been hyped to the max. Keep your eye on the ball, folks. Focus on the real issues, not the hypocrisy that is being spouted and spewed by the administration. Not the silly little games like ‘theme week’.
Note to readers: When asked about Trump products made overseas, Sean Spicer declared the question “out of bounds”.