Baby outfit for nearly $100 in this economy? No way!
I don't mean to jump on the bandwagon, but get my seat ready: Nearly $100 for a baby romper and matching hat? Who's got that kind of money?
This week, It was reported that the Republican Party spent $92 on an outfit for Trig Palin, the son of Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. In fact, the Politico.com said the GOP shelled out a total of $150,000 on clothing, hairdos and accessories for the vice presidential hopeful and her family in advance of the national convention in Minneapolis.
Nice to know someone's having a good year. Most Mommas know it doesn't cost a fortune to keep your kid looking adorable. Any department store or chain retailer has plenty of affordable options. And those frou frou boutiques? Just watch for sales.
I can't remember spending even $50 on an outfit for my daughter, and she's almost 2. Kids go through clothing so quickly, it's not worth it. And who doesn't have outfits hanging in the closet that your child quickly outgrew or never even wore? Time to re-gift.
Granted, Palin didn't go on the shopping spree herself (it was the CEO of the convention's host committee). But surely, being the cost-conscious hockey mom that she is, the Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue bags and labels must have screamed "THIS IS EXPENSIVE.'' The clothing purchase does surpass former Sen. John Edwards' expensive haircuts, her running mate John McCain's $520 loafers and Democrat Barack Obama's $1,500 suits.
At a time when both Republicans and Democrats vow to take a hatchet to the federal budget, blowing a ton of money on clothing -- even if they say it will go to charity after the election -- seems like a total contradiction.
The GOP would have looked smart and thrifty -- and would not have put Palin in this position -- if they had bought Trig's outfit at a Target, which is based in Minneapolis and employs thousands of Americans. That's where Main Street shops, my friends, not Washington.
-- Susan Thurston, Times mom
[Photo: Associated Press]