Monday, July 16, 2012

Flag Waving and Flag Burning Are Both Profitable

An MSNBC news article informs readers that sales of American flags, for burning, are quite profitable, in Pakistan.

The article is titled In Pakistan’s largest city, ‘Old Glory’ is flammable and profitable, and while it does not provide much in the way of information in regards to the profits garned by Pakistani ‘Old Glory’ manufacturers, it does provide Pakistanis’ most pressing concern in regards to their continued profitability.

As a manufacturer who claims to be doing better than last year because he has diversified, Rasheed keeps an eye out for the drivers of his popular flags’ demand as well as keeping checks on potential sales busters.

“Raymond Davis [the CIA contractor], Osama, Salala [the military checkpost attack], NATO ban [by the Pakistani government on NATO’s ground supply routes that run through Pakistan], drones ... there will be yet another issue with America, and yet another spike in demand,” says Rasheed, listing the recent crises between Pakistan and the United States.

“If things get better, we will suffer. Honestly. A quarter of my business is based on these tensions. ... But only a quarter.”

As I read through that article, I recalled a conversation I overheard a couple of weekends ago, where an individual employed by one of America’s flag makers, CF Flag if I am not mistaken, stated that the America flag business was booming also, though I highly doubt American flag manufacturers profits are being garned due to flag burning.

Because American flag manufacturing companies are in large part privately owned, it is difficult to know with certainty just how profitable they are, though they do have their own association, the Flag Manufacturers Association of America (FMAA), which, naturally, and un-Americanly, lobbies to constrain the free market in order to maintain at least a portion of their profitability.

I wonder, if like the Pakistani flag manufacturer, Rasheed, American flag manufacturers also would prefer that tensions remain high in that area of the world?

Posted by John Venlet on 07/16 at 10:36 AM
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