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Condom Manufacturer Hoping for Stimulus

Sorry, but I just couldn’t resist a play on words for this story!

The U.S. government is dropping an Alabama condom supplier in favor of overseas manufacturers for its condom distribution program which provides contraceptives to poor nations to slow the spread of AIDS.

The decision could cost 300 Americans their jobs, the Alabama business has said.

Many are asking whether it’s right for the government to make decisions that could affect American jobs while in the middle of doling out stimulus money to save the economy.

It’s certainly an unfortunate twist.&nbsp  But many of the same people who are complaining about the stimulus plan itself are basing their complaints on the cost they say we’ll be stuck paying back for generations.

So how can they complain about the government making a decision to save expenses?

And in an otherwise-normal economy, would they say a word?

I get the whole “Buy American” angle, of course, and whenever I can, I try.&nbsp  But if the American-made products don’t cut the mustard, in terms of quality or price, then the very free market system we pretend to embrace so strongly most of the time dictates that we should look elsewhere for a cheaper and better alternative.

The article also notes that the American company has had a somewhat less than exemplary delivery record as well.&nbsp  And it may well have been those problems that prompted the government to start looking for more cost-effective alternatives in the first place.&nbsp  That makes it all the more sad for those workers:&nbsp  their company’s performance sealed its own fate.

Maybe the other suppliers will raise their prices.&nbsp  Maybe then America will just switch back to buying American.

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 30 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.

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  • Chinese condoms? I’d be afraid that a few months down the line we’d find out that, oops, these condoms are defective. Let’s hope they’ve learned some quality control.

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