the past two months as the nation’s supply chain crisis continued to worsen, came up with a rather bizarre excuse as to why the crisis was occurring.
Buttigieg claimed during a CNN interview on Sunday that the supply chain crisis facing the U.S. right now is in part due to how “successfully” President Joe Biden has managed the economy, apparently choosing to ignore out-of-control inflation and millions of people being forced to quit their jobs thanks to Biden’s vaccine mandates.
Buttigieg, made the remarks during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” with host Jake Tapper.
“We’re seeing major supply chain disruption in the U.S. right now, causing everything from higher prices to longer waits for products,” Tapper said. “Moody’s warns that these supply chain disruptions ‘will get worse before they get better.’ Do Americans need to prepare ourselves for this to get worse before it gets better?”
“Well, certainly, a lot of the challenges that we have been experiencing this year will continue into next year,” Buttigieg said. “But there are both short-term and long-term steps that we can take to do something about it. Look, part of what’s happening isn’t just the supply side. It’s the demand side. Demand is off the charts. Retail sales are through the roof.”
“And if you think about those images of ships, for example, waiting at anchor on the West Coast, you know, every one of those ships is full of record amounts of goods that Americans are buying, because demand is up, because income is up, because the president has successfully guided this economy out of the teeth of a terrifying recession,” Buttigieg claimed.
“Now the issue is, even though our ports are handling more than they ever have, record amounts of goods coming through, our supply chains can’t keep up. And, of course, our supply chains, that’s a complicated system that is mostly in private hands, and rightly so.”
“Our role is to be an honest broker, bring together all of the different players there, secure commitments, and get solutions that are going to make it easier.”
Tapper then noted the impact that the supply chain troubles are having on small businesses, “many American companies, especially small businesses, as you note, are struggling to cope with these supply chain disruptions.”
Tapper then suggested that lifting tariffs on China might somehow provide relief for the crisis, and asked if the president intended to do so.
Buttigieg responded, “Well, I think every idea is being taken seriously. But what we’re doing right now is to focus on the operations themselves. A lot of Americans might be surprised to learn that our ports have not generally operated on a 24/7 basis.”
“We have secured commitments to change that. And the president announced that the ports of L.A. and Long Beach — Long Beach actually was piloting this for a few weeks. Collectively, those two ports are 40 percent of our container traffic. They’re now going 24/7.”
The Biden administration’s supply chain crisis could prove to have the most devastating impact on the American people out of the president’s long list of disasters.
Grocery stores and restaurants are already showing signs of running out of essential food staples and as the issue continues to worsen, the average American consumer may struggle to get the food they need to feed their family.
Author: Nelson Wyatt
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