Supply Chain Woes

Oh, it’s going to get worse before it gets better. The talking head snowflake mainstream media has moved on to other issues, like Voting Rights legislation that is now all but dead (if you listen to James Clyburn), but trust me…there are still ships by the hundreds sitting in the waters off of Long Beach, California filled to the brim with tractor trailers.

And why is it going to be getting worse?

Well, nothing has happened to change why it’s there in the first place. But there has been a change as to why it will get worse. First of all, the supply chain woes are there for two reasons, regardless what Joe Biden and the mainstream snowflake media is telling you. The mask-and vaccine mandates that are being implemented by the folks at the pier in Long Beach causes a lot of it’s workers to decide to stay home, or they’ve been fired. So you’ve got a labor issue on that front. The second big reason is the Biden administration’s love affair with high gasoline prices. Diesel in Cali is bumping heads with $5 per gallon. it’s $4.83 per gallon as this is written. Now the average gas tank on these over the road trucks is between 120 and 150 gallons. So, let’s split the difference and call it 135 gallons. That means to fill up with diesel in Cali is going to cost the average truck driver $652! And they get an average of 7 mpg. Lots of scratch.

But there is another wrinkle in this that Transportation Secretary, Pete Buttigieg hasn’t figured on. China has shut down a lot of their manufacturing, which means goods are not being produced, which means there are ships waiting to be filled to come to America (and other places), but are sitting in their ports empty.

And that’s what happens when a country relies on one country to fill it’s supply chain. America brought this on itself by moving manufacturing to China, much like it did to Japan, Korea, Mexico and other areas of the world with cheap labor in the past 50 or 60 years.

What’s the solution to no goods on our shelves? Well, first of all, the port of Long Beach needs to lift their mandates. That could be helpful in getting some of the workers back on the docks to unload those ships. But that’s just a part of the problem.

The other part that is just as big is you’ve got to be able to give the truckers who are sitting at home watching Oprah as opposed to transporting goods to the stores a reason to get off the couch. Right now, they lose money when they are spending $650 to go a whopping 900 miles. No one in their right mind is going to take that job. Biden needs to get the price of diesel down, like in half. And to do that, he needs to open up exploration, open up pipelines, open up production, and get America back to being the world’s energy leader again. It’s just one more thing that Biden has failed at.

China will once again open it’s factories and goods will start flowing once the Omicron variant that is plaguing that country has subsided in a few weeks. But in the meantime, Biden and Buttigieg should be doing something besides complaining. That’s all we are hearing out of DC these days. And they need to stop bitching and get back to work.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

3 thoughts on “Supply Chain Woes

  1. Another thing to consider, that doesn’t help the situation with moving products, the Baby Boomers are retiring in greater numbers now. My brother is a truck driver and he has gone into partial retirement. The company he drives for practically begged and bribed him to at least stay for a while longer and raised his part time pay amount. They are having a difficult time finding or training replacements. The era when the Boomers retired was talked about years ago and how it would affect transportation/shipping. The impact is now upon us.

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