Thursday, March 21, 2002

FLAGS: Some Britons are disturbed that Union Jacks for the Queen's Jubilee are being made in Germany. They haven't quite forgiven Germany for the war, afterall. What I want to know is why Germany? Labor isn't exactly known to be cheap in Germany unless you are comparing it to Sweden. Why aren't the Brits outsourcing all their flag-making to China like we do? As you may recall, after September 11 the fact that many of the flags flying were made in a country not known for its love of freedom bothered a lot of people. So what's my point? I don't exactly have one. The patriotic part of me thinks our national symbol and the Brits' should be made at home. The free-market part of me sees the value of making something at the lowest price the market will support. I do wonder though, how that would ever make Germany competitive.

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