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Kay Hagan Lets Nicaragua Wear The Pants

Kay Hagan, a North Carolina Democrat who was elected to the U.S. Senate with the help of out-of-state liberals, has proven to be a disappointment for progressives. The legislative ranking for Hagan from That’s My Congress shows that she has given more support to conservative legislation than to liberal bills in the 113th Congress.

Hagan’s last significant legislative act in 2013 won’t do much to improve her image. On December 20, Hagan introduced S. 1883, a bill that will preserve a special loophole for “certain trousers, breeches, or shorts imported from Nicaragua”. The law allows corporate outsourcers to evade paying import duties on the pants.

kay hagan nicaraguan pantsWhat is the public good created by this loophole? How does it benefit Americans to have pants imported from Nicaraguan garment factories rather than made in the USA?

There is no benefit. The loophole Hagan wants to perpetuate will make business more difficult for American manufacturers of trousers, breeches and shorts, reducing the number of jobs available to Americans who are still looking for work in the wake of the Great Recession.

Breeches are being made in the USA. See here and here and, ironically, Bit of Britain.

Todd Shelton makes trousers here in the USA. So do Orvis and Red Ants Pants.

Land’s End still makes shorts in the USA. So does the All-American Clothing Company. So do Voler and American Apparel.

If it wasn’t for politicians like Kay Hagan, we would have more all-American clothing companies, and more clothing companies offering more made-in-the-USA clothes.

8 thoughts on “Kay Hagan Lets Nicaragua Wear The Pants”

  1. Bill says:

    As a member of the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party here in North Carolina, I’ve watched Hagan’s performance in office with disappointment more often than not. Hagan is a light pastel blue Senator from a deep reddish-purple state, and she seems to feel compelled to thread the needle and triangulate between conservative and liberal positions in order to hold on to her job. I’m all for compromise, but more often than not Hagan merely seems to compromise herself. I would be eager to see a somewhat more progressive candidate challenge her in the primary…if I thought a more progressive candidate stands an ice cube’s chance of getting elected here. Alas, I don’t. Nonetheless, I think that Hagan also doesn’t stand a chance of being re-elected; no one really supports her on either the left or the right because she has no definable world view. I anticipate, with regret, that NC will have a new Republican senator soon.

  2. Dave says:

    Peregrin, I got to thinking about the question “how does it benefit Americans to have pants imported from Nicaraguan garment factories rather than made in the USA?” and I looked up the U.S. balance of trade with Nicaragua for 2013. Looks like they will purchase close to 900 million dollars worth of stuff made in the USA with money that, along with other income streams, will come from manufacturing pants. That is, through the sale of pants as well as other trade they will have money to purchase things that are still manufactured in the USA. It’s a global economy, and although I for one think as you do that U.S. workers should have first crack at manufacturing for U.S. markets, the folks in Washington long ago decided that U.S. worker’s wages should compete with Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia, Cuba, etc. It appears that the Socialist Internationale is winning the day, and our grandchildren will make the same wages as the Nicaraguans. Think of the excitement for those in the worker’s paradise of the future who may still celebrate Christmas as they look forward to a T-shirt and a bar of soap under the tree. Kay Hagan has simply done her part for the Party.

    1. Jim Cook says:

      Dirt poor wages for workers across borders is the plan of the Capitalist internationale, Dave.

  3. Dave says:

    If that is so, then we should not complain when trousers are imported from Nicaragua. Jim, you just made a better argument against the point of this post than I might have.

    I agree with the basics of Peregrin’s post, but there is often a vast difference between market and marketplace, and at other times there is no difference at all. Also, “dirt poor” wages are disappearing in our hemisphere; my guess, investment capital rather than redistributionist schemes. I will stop there until I can look it all up, but I am thinking of the mess that has been made in Cuba, Bolivia, Venezuela – three trainwrecks of socialism. The success of Brazil and Chile – capitalist shinola.

    1. Jim Cook says:

      If it’s capitalist, you shouldn’t disagree? That’s a toady’s stance. Capitalism is a system made by (some) people, not a holy writ.

  4. Dave says:

    Be nice.

    1. Jim Cook says:

      Wasn’t meaning to be mean.

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