WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - There is word tonight from designer Ralph Lauren about creating Olympic uniforms for U.S. athletes in 2014: they WILL be made in America. This after screams of outrage from Congress when lawmakers learned this year's Olympians will have opening day outfits that were made in China.
Now, these are the same characters who can't work together to pass a highway bill or reform entitlements, but there is bipartisan outrage because America's Olympians will be wearing opening day uniforms made in China.
Never mind the fact that Congress isn't putting up a dime for those Ralph Lauren parade suits. Or the fact that nowadays 98 percent of the clothes we all wear are manufactured somewhere else, not to mention all that Nike and adidas sports equipment that the Olympians compete with - that isn't made here either.
It's all silly election year nonsense, eminently forgettable, if this Congress were doing a decent job on just about anything else.
But what I can't forget is the debt ceiling debacle that got America's credit downgraded. Or House Republicans voting 33 times to repeal the health care reform law, but holding exactly zero votes on what they'd replace it with. Or the abject failure of any and all efforts to deal seriously with federal red ink.
Time and again Americans have needed lawmakers to step up and handle the big things, stuff that actually matters, and time and again they've let us down. Let's be real: Congress, you want something to get really outraged about? Take a look in the mirror.