TEXAS - Due to pressure from the US textile industry, in what could be termed the 21st century Boxer Rebellion, the Bush administration appears to be taking steps to curb the flood of cheap textiles coming into the country from China, including things like shirts, pants, and underwear. Here is an excerpt:
BEIJING - Challenges loom over Chinese apparel exports as the United States and the European Union seem to be initiating steps to restrict this trade as demands from domestic producers get shriller. While the US government took the first step on Tuesday toward restricting imports of low-priced pants, shirts and underwear from China in response to pressure from its textile industry, the EU's executive commission is scheduled to present on Wednesday a framework for holding back the flood of Chinese textile imports.
A large part of the reason China is able to flood the US with such a tidal wave of boxers, is because they are manipulating their currency illegally to keep it from rising against the dollar, so that they can make it easier for China to export goods, and more difficult for the US to export goods to China. Additionally, due to China's institutionalized product piracy, it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to imagine that many of these boxers are probably "fake Fruit of the Looms."
Condi Rice went to Beijing recently to demand that China "stop cheating." The Chinese communist government is so terrified of the pandering Bush, especially in view of his lame response to the US being flooded by a tidal wave of illegal aliens, that they gave Condi a polite but firm, "No."
All of which begs the question, how can Bush say out of one side of his mouth that it's good for the US to be flooded by a tidal wave of illegal foreign nationals and terrorists, who cost taxpayers billions in education, medication, and incarceration, and then say out of the other side of his mouth that it's bad for the US to be flooded by illegal foreign boxer shorts, that don't require schools, hospitals, or prisons, and don't carry suitcase nukes or fly airplanes into buildings?