Our Views: The state is worried about foreign threads in Old Glory? _lowres


Perhaps naively, people probably thought that when Betsy Ross took up her needle and started to stitch together our fledgling nation’s flag, the thread and cloth came from home-grown materials. But how can we be sure?

It’s too important an issue to be left to chance.

The Louisiana Legislature now is being asked to provide consumer protection for latter-day versions of Old Glory: “When the state purchases a United States flag or a state flag for public use, the flag shall be made in the United States from articles, materials, or supplies, all of which are grown, produced, and manufactured in the United States.” A simple, and simply dumb, bill.

The proposed law by state Sen. Gary Smith, D-Norco, does not apply to private purchases, whether they be the ordinary state and U.S. flags, much less the purple-and-gold imitations that fly at LSU ball games.

But we wonder just how a state procurement officer is going to determine if “all” of the materials and supplies used in a flag were obtained in the United States? It’s one thing if there is a handy “Made in China” or “Sewn in Honduras” label, so maybe the state will not be buying those banners in the future, not that it’s one of the biggest decisions the state will be making.

With the state government in a financial crisis, is this the kind of measure that the Senate should dignify with a hearing?