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Wasserman and Jacoby debate: Should the military wear only American sneakers?

Posted by Rob Anderson  May 13, 2011 12:53 PM

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Should members of the US military be be forced to wear sneakers made in the United States?

While federal law requires military apparel to be made on US soil, a policy change two years ago exempted shoes purchased for training and exercise. Today, recruits receive an allowance to buy their own sneakers, and many purchase shoes manufactured overseas.

Some members of Congress from New England — which happens to be the home of New Balance, the only major company still manufacturing athletic shoes in the United States — are hoping to eliminate that exemption.

In the video above, editorial board members Jeff Jacoby and Dan Wasserman butt heads over the proposed change.

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