Pwnage By USAID

In, U.S. move to cheaper Chinese condoms threatens American jobs tells the story of the decision to stretch our tax dollars when purchasing condoms.

Call it a condom conundrum.

At a time when the federal government is spending billions of stimulus dollars to stem the tide of U.S. layoffs, should that same government put even more Americans out of work by buying cheaper foreign products.

In this case, Chinese condoms.

Ah, excuse me. Correct me if I am wrong, but doesn’t China have a population problem? Do we really want to distribute Chinese-made birth control?

The switch comes despite implied assurances over the years that the agency would continue to buy American whenever possible.

“Of course, we considered how many U.S. jobs would be affected by this move,” said a USAID official who spoke on the condition that he would not be named. But he said the reasons for the change included lower prices (2 cents versus more than 5 cents for U.S.-made condoms) and the fact that Congress dropped “buy American language” in a recent appropriations bill.

For the money savings, we can buy 2 and a half times more love socks. What happened? Did refractory periods magically drop by 60%?

France. Where Else?

France. Where Else?

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