Did you even know there was Census swag? Neither did I. It seems as though some of it comes from overseas.
The feds spent millions to convince citizens that participating in the Census was as American as apple pie – but many of the T-shirts, hats, bags and other swag they handed out during the campaign were actually made overseas, the Herald has learned.
Boxes of freebies that landed in Boston as part of the federal government’s $42-million Census campaign included mini rubber footballs, toy robots, hats, T-shirts and tape measures made in China and Honduras.
“The only time it would be excusable for the federal government to spend taxpayer dollars overseas would be if we don’t make the items here in America,” said Tim Sullivan, legislative and communications director for the AFL-CIO, the state’s largest labor union.
I tend to think people aren’t clamoring for their “Be Counted” gear – no matter where it was made.