U.S. Supply Chain Crisis: Would Ron DeSantis Allow The Union Grinch To Steal Christmas?
There is a serious supply chain problem in the United States right now, and it’s likely to get worse before it gets better. Store shelves in many parts of the country are empty, the goods they normally display remain packed in shipping containers docked aboard at least 60 giant container ships stationed off the coast of California, waiting. to be unloaded. The supplies, the goods and the merchandise are there, they just don’t move.
To make matters worse, the apologies for this logistical stalemate, offered by Democratic officials, union leaders and their media allies, make no sense if not viewed from a political perspective.
Research into the problem gives a variety of fragile explanations. In a recent article by United States today, they don’t even bother to get to the root of one of their generally sketchy “fact-checking” articles, instead they distract readers and downplay the crisis in defense of their political allies. natural:
The delay in getting container ships to port comes as restrictions linked to the pandemic relax and consumer spending increases, according to the New York Times. As a result, shortages of certain products, such as semiconductors, have led to production slowdowns.
The “production slowdown” has nothing to do with the deadlock of the gigantic container ships loaded with goods already produced off the coast of California, but United States today proposes it here as a mere distraction, an absurd smoke screen belched out to obscure the truth.
Some media have at least started asking unions to explain why they are struggling to unload the cargo. But union leaders aren’t about to blame themselves for the crisis, are they? Consider This Big Apology Lie From The Teamsters President James hoffa:
“One of the major problems with the current state of logistics is the shortage of harbor truck drivers. “
I would like to know how Mr. Hoffa would explain this photograph published by the Los Angeles Times four days ago showing at least 50 semi-trucks lined up on 7 lanes wide, all trying to get in the Port of Los Angeles. It certainly doesn’t seem like there is a shortage of truck drivers, it seems there is a dearth of people willing to be honest about the problem.
The truth, as usual, is simple, yet politically damaging, which is why mainstream media like United States today and others are reluctant to report it.
California liberal leaders, beholden to the unions, will not dare challenge their allies to roll up their sleeves and do their jobs. The state, like many others under full Democratic control, is suffering from political pandemic paralysis. Unions have taken the most extreme COVID-19 safety protocols as a bargaining chip whenever the next employment contract comes up. Big backlogs and supply chain bottlenecks like this are solid gold for union bosses when it comes to negotiating the next employment contract.
And because unions are the Democratic Party’s natural allies (the overwhelming majority of all union donations – 89% in the 2020 cycle – have gone to Democrats), Democratic Party leaders in California and Washington are not about to point the finger of blame. to their most generous financial benefactors. Instead, they make up excuses to save time and exploit the crisis as best they can.
California longshoremen are just the most high-profile example of unions using COVID-19 protocols as an excuse to negotiate leverage before their next employment contract. We have also seen these same safety protocols taken to extremes and used as leverage by teacher unions. In Florida, some school districts pushed safety protocols and contact tracing to such an extent that they were ultimately forced to give up the practice because they kicked so many kids out of school with ” possible exposure ”that they could never have taken back. Classes.
All of this begs the question: Would a Republican governor in California (or a Republican president in Washington DC) have allowed the California port crisis to fester for as long as it did? The port backlog has been going on in California for most of the year 2021. The reason it is starting to make national headlines is that supply chain issues are starting to show up across the country, threatening the next season. holiday shopping.
With the cranky union threatening to steal Christmas, even the president Joe Biden ‘s managers decided that it might be politically expedient to capitalize on the crisis and pretend to lead. Last Wednesday, Team Biden held a press conference from the White House in which they proclaimed the issue “resolved” after helping to negotiate a deal with union leaders that they believe will transform the besieged port of Los Angeles, the largest in the world. , in “24 hour a day” operations.
Almost a year after the start of a nightmarish logistics quagmire, and the nation’s most powerful Democrats instantly realize that maybe it’s time to move to 24/7 operations?
If the tables switch and Florida finds itself at the epicenter of an equally massive logistics crisis at the Port of Miami or Jacksonville, or the Port of Tampa, media pressure is on the governor. Ron DeSantis designing a solution would be difficult to quantify. Under no circumstances could DeSantis have procrastinated for 10 months before figuring out how to unload the ships to break the deadlock.
It’s easy to imagine a slew of executive orders that DeSantis would have issued along the way to ease the pressure in these ports, up to and including calling the National Guard to lend manpower that could be used to build transit zones for screening sensitive cargo, use the military’s rather impressive logistics teams to move massive amounts of cargo from shore to standby distribution centers, and relax some of the COVID-19 security mandates the most absurd that California has issued. Even now, Florida port officials are begging for more cargo ships to come to Florida ports to avert the liberal disaster unfolding in California.
Turns out all it takes is a little leadership and fewer union bosses standing in the way.