When asked about the continued economic problems, specifically freight, White House press spokesperson Jen Psaki bristled:
“We are not the Postal Service or UPS or FedEx . . . We cannot guarantee. What we can do is use every lever at the federal government’s disposal to reduce delays.”
The reply aligns with the Biden cabinet’s frequent defensiveness and blame shifting.
The expectation for several weeks now has been that a lean Christmas is in store for those who don’t start shopping months ahead of time. A complicated interstate, continental, and international supply chain logjam is keeping many retailers’ shelves light. Biden’s policies have caused much of it and continue to exacerbate the problem.
But labor, getting people to show up and perform the work, and freight, are major problems. And the Democrat party has shown serious unwillingness to say so.
Fox Business noted in a recent interview that even Moody’s—a leading major stock, financial and data publisher—said trucking, one of few jobs that can’t be mechanized, is a large part of the problem. And finding truckers is increasingly hard. But why?
Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) was blunt in her assessment of the White House’s role in labor and freight problems. The 1.9 trillion dollar stimulus has not Built Back Better.
“[I]t actually did the opposite. It actually disincentivizes work and production . . . big part of it is labor shortage. And that was a result of the president and the democrats wanting to pay people more to stay home than to come to work and produce. And so you have lack of warehouse workers, you lack truck drivers,” she said.
A fundamental need to have people doing tasks, whether they are wanted jobs or the person needs to work out of necessity, appears to be lost on the party in charge right now.