The Biden administration is announcing US ports will operate “24/7″ to alleviate the supply chain crisis. Here’s a question: Why weren’t they doing that before?
Global supply chain issues are growing and as the holiday season approaches, Biden officials are warning some could go without.
- A shortage of glass jars and bottles is hampering the food industry and driving up prices.
- School lunch menus in Michigan are facing changes as a result of the supply crunch.
- Companies considered major players in the American supply chain, both retailers and shippers are “working 24 hours a day, seven days a week” to help alleviate the “supply chain bottleneck” according to the White House.
- The Biden administration will be leaning on long-time allies in labor to help ease constraints at ports while hailing progress (on a problem that’s only getting worse? How is that progress?) during a Wednesday event addressing supply chain problems.
- The British are calling on a collaboration among G7 nations to solve the supply chain crisis, which is affecting the UK’s fuel supply and creating a shortage of microchips worldwide.
- CNN highlighted a Moody’s report that said the global supply chain crisis is going to get worse as more nations enter an economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Washington Post heralded the Biden administration’s announcement of “24/7” port operations, calling it a “90-day sprint” to clear an increasingly large backlog of container ships at American ports while noting most major ports around the world already work around the clock.
- The New York Times’ reporting detailed how issues with the supply chain don’t start and end with ports: production slowed and factories shuttered as a result of the pandemic.
- Newsmax interviewed Republican Congressman Jim Jordan who blamed Democratic policy on the increased cost of goods and disruptions in the supply chain.
- The Wall Street Journal reported on a new forecast from the International Monetary Fund which lowered expectations for global economic growth amid the supply chain crunch and higher prices around the world.
- RedState took a circuitous route to blame food shortages and American supply chain issues on the Biden administration “hyper-regulating everyone and everything”, affecting everything from employment to semiconductors and the oil and gas industry.
The notion that major American ports were not previously operating around the clock as a matter of routine business is baffling. We are the world’s largest and most important economy, and the entrance and exit doors were regularly closed outside of business hours?
Blaming a single person or entity for the global supply chain crisis is simplistic, partisan, and unproductive. Except for the Chinese Communist Party, whose secrecy in the first weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic led to a cascade of consequences the entire world is paying for.
© Dallas Gerber, 2021