Would you trust a condom made in China?
Call it a condom conundrum.
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?
In this case, Chinese condoms.
That's the dilemma for the folks at the U.S. Agency for International Development, which has distributed an estimated 10 billion U.S.-made AIDS-preventing condoms in poor countries around the world.
But not anymore.
In a move expected to cost 300 American jobs, the government is switching to cheaper off-shore condoms, including some made in China.
The switch comes despite implied assurances over the years that the agency would continue to buy American whenever possible.
First they loaded up toys with lead paint, then they killed a bunch of pets with melamine-laced dog food, then somehow diethylene glycol(engine coolant) found it's way into toothpaste imported from China. According to Americans who've visited the manufacturing sector there, oversight, quality control, and basic standards of safety are non-existant. That may be fine if all you're buying is rubber dog crap but, would you trust the prevention of AIDS to a country that you cannot trust not to accidentally put anti-freeze in toothpaste?