I was talking to a friend who runs an unfinished furniture store, featuring "Made in US" products. He told me that a friend of his, who was formerly a mayor of a small upstate NY town, and a commercial pilot, retired because the company has age requirements, and he was too old.
So he started flying jumbo cargo planes from NY over the pole to China, making good money.
Well, his routine was
- Fly to China * Wait until they loaded up the plane with containers of cloth. * Fly to NY * Wait for a guy who cut the cloth into patterns. * Wait for the plane to be filled with the the cut cloth and scraps. * Fly the plane to China
At this point, the cut cloth was assembled into clothing, and shipped back into the US. I asked why they flew the cloth to the US just for the cutting. I was told "So they can put the 'Made in US' label on them."
Anyhow, his pilot friend was getting physically ill thinking about the ethics of this. He quit, and is now recovering.