Here's an idea that is an easy one to get people to agree upon, or at least I would hope. Last week on CNN there was a report that $4.7 million dollars were spent in this country on US flags made on foreign soil. According to the report $4.2 million were manufactured in China. I had brought up this point at a dinner last week and one of the guests was a Vietnam Veteran, he looked at me when I was speaking and replied something close to this "I was at a friend's funeral, he was with me in 'Nam, his father was still alive and in his eighties, he had a full military service and when they folded the flag and handed it to his father, he looked at the tag and it..." I shouted "I don't want to hear the end of this story!" unfortunately he continued "..(it) was "Made in Vietnam" according to FiveStarFlags.comClearly a General discussion type of story if ever there was one, but I tried to see if anyone got a looksie at the article and voted on the poll and I was greeted with a "BANNED: reason spam, BAN lift time: NEVER""Five Star Flags are 100% made in the U.S.A. If you see U.S. flags advertised that do not clearly state they are "Made in USA", they are probably NOT! In fact, flag dealers nationwide are SO up in arms about imported flags, that if you see flags advertised that DO NOT BRAG about being made in America, if is probable they came in from overseas. Please note also the U.S. Government mandates flags 2' x 3' and larger MUST HAVE A 'COUNTRY OF ORIGIN' label. If you have purchased American flags that do not have a "Made in USA" label, that flag is imported. Five Star Flags does NOT sell imported flags." I see a huge problem with this, as do mostly everyone I speak to in the real world and online, so I am here asking for help, would you help get signatures for a petition that brings a Congressional bill back from the dead and asks that our Government prohibits flags that are not "Made In The U.S.A."?The bill HR 2993, was called the Genuine American Flag Act and was sponsored by Congressman Dan Boren from OK, it was introduced in July of 2007 and it seems to have been abandoned, the bill states:SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.As noted at GovTrack(updated on Nov.6, 2008), the bill was refereed to the Subcommittee on Trade and:
This Act may be cited as the `Genuine American Flag Act'.
SEC. 2. IMPORTATION FOR SALE OF FOREIGN-MADE AMERICAN FLAGS PROHIBITED.
Beginning 6 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, no flag of the United States of America (regardless of size and whether or not in compliance with the standard proportions prescribed by Executive order) that is the product or manufacture of any foreign country or instrumentality may be imported for sale into the United States.The majority of bills never make it out of committee. Keep in mind that sometimes the text of one bill is incorporated into another bill, and in those cases the original bill, as it would appear here, would seem to be abandoned.I think all American flags should be made here where someone in my country can put food on their table, so will you help? I have asked countless people from all walks of life and all have stated "why wouldn't someone agree with this?" and I reply I have no idea.
So I have posted this poll here and in the Ridgid forums, another union and nonunion hangout, to get a diverse response base and see how well this is received. So please vote and add some comments, this is in the very beginning stages.
That's just fucking great some almighty cunt of an administrator bans me for fighting for American jobs, and they did it in a way that I can't even state a defense for my case. What a real silly thing to do. I didn't even break any rules, figuring I must have missed something I checked, here's the rules in a nutshell:
By agreeing to these rules, you warrant that you will not post any messages that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-oriented, hateful, threatening, or otherwise violative of any laws.It doesn't have any rule against getting support for a petition, guess if the company has anything to do with the forum, they probably think I will be asking for people to sign a petition for them to make their crappy power woodworking tools in this country.
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