The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws. PART THREE

While the meme is funny, the truth behind it, is not. The White House put out a blog on “Why the Pandemic Has Disrupted Supply Chains”, 17 June 2021.

Why the Pandemic Has Disrupted Supply Chains

These are times of rapid transition for the U.S. economy. With the winding down of the worst of the pandemic, businesses have added jobs at a rate of 540,000 per month since January. Many consumers are making large purchases with savings accumulated during the pandemic, sending new home sales to their highest level in 14 years and auto sales to their highest level in 15 years.

While a fast pivot to growth is good news for businesses and workers, it also creates challenges. Entire industries that shrank dramatically during the pandemic, such as the hotel and restaurant sectors, are now trying to reopen. Some businesses report that they have been unable to hire quickly enough to keep pace with their rising need for workers, leading to an all-time record 8.3 million job openings in April. Others do not have enough of their products in inventory to avoid running out of stock. The situation has been especially difficult for businesses with complex supply chains, as their production is vulnerable to disruption due to shortages of inputs from other businesses.

These shortages and supply-chain disruptions are significant and widespread—but are likely to be transitory. Below, we describe the disruptions, the ways that supply chains have adjusted to disruptions in the past, and how the Administration is working to address both short- and long-term supply chain issues…

Why the Pandemic Has Disrupted Supply Chains,
17 June 2021

LIE NUMBER ONE: companies haven’t “added jobs at a rate of 540,000 per month since January…” Industries were on lockdown by…you guessed it, THE GOVERNMENT and the employees were just now being “allowed” to go back to work.

LIE NUMBER TWO: “…Some businesses report that they have been unable to hire quickly enough to keep pace with their rising need for workers, leading to an all-time record 8.3 million job openings in April…” It’s not that businesses haven’t been able to hire, it’s the simple fact NO ONE is applying. The blog was originally posted on 17 June 2021, but even as I type, hundreds if not thousands of employers are BEGGING for new employees. Recruiters are scrambling to fill positions- but they simply do not have the inventory. Why is that? Simple. Two reasons: 1) COVID cash: why work when the government is paying me more to stay at home? Even though the FEDERAL government’s COVID “stimulus” monies have stopped, several states are STILL compensating individuals with COVID rewards. 2) the POSoTUS’s federal mandate that all companies with more than 100 employees get the COVID-19 “vaccine” (unless you’re a USPS employee, member of congress, federal government or welfare recipient…). Companies now whom are demanding their employees “get the jab” are walking out en masse. Just look at the healthcare industry, Southwest Airlines and GE to name a few. Do you see where I’m going with this?

LIE NUMBER THREE: “…The situation has been especially difficult for businesses with complex supply chains, as their production is vulnerable to disruption due to shortages of inputs from other businesses…” And why do you think we have these “disruptions”? If you guessed the government, YOU ARE CORRECT! It’s called government induced artificial scarcity, and sad to say, they’re good at what they do.

Case in Point:

Truckers Aren’t “Willin’ ” in California

California Fun Fact: There is no shortage of truck drivers in the United States. Los Angeles’ Ports won’t allow any trucks in older than 2011. No owner operator trucks allowed in and the average cost of diesel fuel is $4.54 per gallon, so many Truckers don’t want to work in California. That means only union trucks can transport from California ports. The Law, it’s called AB5.

From this tomfoolery, the effects have snowballed…

The enormous log jams at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have literally been transported to the Midwest, with key transfer hub Chicago awash in containers, causing significant delays.

The moves by Union Pacific and BNSF to stop or slow movement of containers to Chicago has the effect of pushing the problem back to already heavily congested West Coast ports.

Chicago is the leading hub for handling containers arriving via train from West Coast ports, where the boxes are loaded on to trucks for moves to the final destination or loaded on to another train.

But now, the Wall Street Journal reports, the volumes of containers are so high they are arriving faster than the can be processed at the rail yards. Another issue is a lack of chassis to move containers from rail yards to loading points.

Rather than a single movement from train to truck, containers now are lifted off, placed in storage and then moved a second or even third time before eventually exiting the yard, Lawrence Gross, a transportation consultant in Durango, Colo., told the Washington Post.

With containers piling up, “The strains are being exacerbated by labor and equipment shortages across the shipping, trucking and rail industries” the Journal article notes.

In response, Union Pacific and BNSF Railway, the two main rail carriers of containers coming from West Coast ports, have both limited container shipments into their terminals in the Chicago area.

What’s more, some shippers and logistics firm have been diverting containers by truck or rail to other Midwestern transfer hubs, such as Kansas City, St. Louis, or Memphis. That increases costs and adds more complexity. And these other transfer points are also choking on volumes, though perhaps not as bad as Chicago.

In the face of all that, Union Pacific last week halted all eastbound traffic from the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland and Tacoma, starting July 19, for at least one week.

Supply Chain Digest, 27 July 2021

How exactly is the federal government handling this boondoggle that they created?

There is a record-breaking number of ships at anchor in Southern California waiting to unload their cargo, according to the Marine Exchange of Southern California.

I think there have always been two kinds of Christmas shoppers,” he said.

“There’s the ones who have all their list completed by Halloween, and then there’s people like me who show up at the mall on Christmas Eve…if you’re in that latter bucket, obviously there’s going to be more challenges.”

His attempt at levity was seized by the Republican National Committee that posted the video on Twitter, saying the former Indiana mayor made a joke “about how difficult it will be for families to get Christmas presents this year.”

“Between mandates and crumbling supply chains, the Biden admin actually seems determined to cancel Christmas,” Ronna McDaniel, the head of the RNC tweeted.

The Transportation Department did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News.

Fox Business, 14 October 2021

Pete, you ignorant slut! But wait, it gets even better…

…Please keep this in mind as you read media coverage of the so-called “supply-chain disruptions” resulting in “shortages” that are said to be causing “inflation.” If you want a bigger laugh, read about what President Biden wants to do in order to get “supply” back on the market with an eye on replenishing U.S. retail shelves that are increasingly bare. He’s decreed 24-hour port operations! Yes, thanks to the 46thpresident we now know what held the Soviets back, and ultimately destroyed the Soviet Union: their ports weren’t open long enough; thus the shortages of everything

Forbes, 24 October 2021

All of the above would be funny if it weren’t so sad. Media members, “experts,” economists, and politicians don’t even disappoint anymore. To say they do would be to flatter them.

Either they think we have inflation, shortages, or a combination of both. Wrong on all counts. Really, who was talking about supply-chain shortages or the impossibility that is demand-driven inflation in early 2020? Very few were, and that’s because the U.S. economy was largely free then. At which point politicians panicked. And in panicking, they imposed a rather draconian form of command-and-control on the U.S. economy.

Forbes, 24 October 2021

The supply lines of February 2020 were impossibly complicated structures that no politician could ever hope to design. Think billions of individuals around the world pursuing their narrow work specialization on the way to enormous global plenty. Put another way, the shelves in economically free countries were heaving with all manner of products based on economic cooperation that was staggering in scope.

Brilliant as some experts claim to be, and brilliant as some politicians think they are as they look in the mirror, they could never construct the web of trillions of economic relationships that prevailed before the lockdowns. But they could destroy the web. And they did; that, or they severely impaired it.

Forbes, 24 October 2021

Really, what did they think was going to happen?

While politicians couldn’t ever create or legislate billions working together around the world, they could and can surely break voluntary economic arrangements. When you have guns, handcuffs, the power to quite literally shut off power sources to the productive, not to mention the wealth produced by the productive, you have the power to impose command-and-control.

And so they did, only for the “supply chains” painstakingly created in self-interested but spontaneous form over many decades to suddenly break apart. Just don’t call it inflation, or shortages.

Forbes, 24 October 2021

In which case let’s please not insult reason by talking about “shortages” or “inflation” now. Let’s instead be realistic and talk about central planning. We know from the 20th century that when politicians, authoritarians or both substitute their intensely narrow knowledge for that of the marketplace that immense want for very little (and lousy) supply is the logical result. Yes it is. When we’re not economically free, bare shelves are the inevitable result.

Conversely, product and service abundance is a certain consequence yet again of the infinite actions and trillions of economic relationships entered into by billions of people.

These commercial tie-ups were constructed by consenting individuals over many years and many decades only for them to be wrecked by a political class arrogantly seeking to protect us from ourselves. That’s what happens when command-and-control replaces voluntary order. The remunerative ties that bind us fray, or vanish altogether.

Consenting, profitable economic activity was suddenly illegal. Yet politicians and other experts are only now wringing their hands about a lack of supply?

Forbes, 24 October 2021

We don’t suddenly have an inflation problem. To say we do is the equivalent of saying that the Soviets had inflation because all the goods worth getting were both difficult to find, and incredibly expensive if they could be found.

In our case we’ve had a lockdown problem care of nail-biting politicians that suffocated commercial cooperation around the world. And with work divided less than it used to be care of government force, productivity is naturally lower than it used to be.

Forbes, 24 October 2021

In a nutshell, the POSoTUS and his kaiserreich have decimated our economy within a matter of months.

Biden Job Approval Steady at Lower Level

“42% of U.S. adults approve of job President Biden is doing…” Apparently I’m not alone in saying, Fuck Joe Biden.

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