The Transportation Secretary of the Biden administration, Pete Buttigieg has pretty much taken himself out of the running for the Democrat nomination for president in 2024. And he can’t blame Republicans, he can’t blame Kamala Harris, or Joe Biden. This one is all Pete’s. Once again, Pete has proven to the nation one thing.
He sucks at his job.
Buttigieg has been Transportation Secretary for two years now. In that time, he’s been embroiled in a couple of scandals that have proven he’s not big enough for the job. In fact, as I understand it, there are several in his hometown of South Bend, Indiana that think he wasn’t big enough to be mayor of that town. Apparently, filling potholes was a problem for “Mayor Pete” even back before he thought he should run for president.
Buttigieg ran into trouble when the supply-chain debacle took hold in this country. A Transportation Secretary that has something on the ball would have been front and center during that time. Remember the store shelves being empty? That was Pete Buttigieg’s fault. It was his fault because he had no vision. See, a person with vision would have realized that coming out of lock-down pandemic like COVID would cause problems. You had to first and foremost get the people back to work. Truckers’ were lax in getting back to work for basically one simple reason. Gas prices were through the roof and diesel was even higher. Why would anybody in their right mind decide to take a job as a trucker to lose money?
And yet, Buttigieg compounded that problem by taking a leave of absence, so he and his partner could celebrate adopting two brand new babies. He was all for the PTO back then after his adoption. What he wasn’t all for was solving a national problem that landed on his doorstep. And so, ships filled with shipping containers lined up off the coast of Long Beach, waiting to unload their goods from China. And without a lot of longshoremen to unload the goods, and truckers to move them from Cali to the rest of the country, the goods sat…and store shelves remained empty. And Mayor Pete was nowhere to be found.
Then you’ve got the possibility that there would be a railroad strike that could shut down that industry. The Biden administration worked long and hard trying to reach a conclusion. And don’t believe that the Transportation Secretary wasn’t in the middle of that one! But in the end, Biden couldn’t do anything about it. Buttigieg couldn’t do anything about it. Their leadership skills were sorely lacking when it came to getting a binding agreement between the unions and management. Instead, the issue was punted to Congress, who basically had to declare that the agreement that was originally penned would stick and both sides would have to abide by it. What it meant was that railroad workers wouldn’t be getting the one thing they were seeking…paid time off for sick leave.
Fast forward to this Christmas. Southwest Airlines was hit with yet another weather related problem. We didn’t hear from Buttigieg on the problem for days. All airlines suffered delays and cancellations, but none were stung more than Southwest, who cancelled well over 12,000 flights and delayed more than 25,000 others leading up to and just after the Christmas holiday. Where was Buttigieg? Nowhere to be found. Oh, he did make an appearance to say that he was on top of things. He issued a strongly worded statement to the CEO of Southwest Airlines saying he was going to make sure to look into it. However, there weren’t any real teeth in that bite.
And if you go ahead and look backward a bit, Buttigieg was interviewed on a national TV program and said that he thought there wouldn’t be a problem with travel around Christmas. He was sure everything was running smoothly.
It’s obvious that Buttigieg is in way over his head on this job. I mean, let’s face it, being the Transportation Secretary is more of a figurehead position. This year has been one where that particular position has been thrust front and center in the public’s eye. In every instance, Pete Buttigieg was nowhere to be found. And when he was found it was a dollar short and a day late of getting anything done to solve the problem.
And he wants to run for President?
All of the polls out there show Joe Biden as the person most people think will be the Democrats’ nominee in 2024. In second place is K-baby Harris. Pete Buttigieg is third. Tell me that none of these three folks will be on the ballot in two years…PLEASE!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!
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