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Supply Chain Problems! Are There Any Solutions? by The Elephant's Child
October 21, 2021, 10:45 am
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Joe Biden’s fix for the Supply Chain Crisis is not working. He ordered the ports kept open for longer hours, but that was not the problem. The problem is and has been manpower to unload the ships, and for whatever reason that has just not been available. Next attempt will probably be to call out the National Guard to unload. That seems to be what is left. President Biden’s approval ratings shrink to new lows every day, and the “Brandon” song is leading on the charts. He is now flying planeloads of illegals to New York City every night. I have no idea what that is supposed to accomplish, a bigger city to hide them in? New York City does not need more illegals, particularly unvaccinated ones. Whoever is thinking up solutions for the Biden Administration needs to be fired. The American people need to have some kind of confidence in their president.

Alejandro Mayorkas, the Secretary of Homeland Security, has tested positive for Covid, so he will be out of commission, hopefully to recover quickly. There seems to still be a vast fear of getting vaccinated. I think there’s some Trump Derangement Syndrome involved, and there are those who are angry about Mandates, but I really don’t understand the avoidance or reluctance. We’re trying to find out where to get our boosters. It is a worldwide pandemic, a lot of people have died, one would think people would not want to die from it, and be happy to contribute to defeating the disease. Does the fact that people keep calling it “a jab”play a part? Certainly I’d rather have a vaccination than a “jab”, but that as an objection would be silly.

Apparently lots of people are quitting their jobs because of the mandates to get vaccinated. I want a booster, and a flu shot. The federal government has not done nearly enough explaining the problems, and way too much mandating without explanation. From what I read online, there are lots of people who simply don’t know who they can trust or who to turn to for advice. All the fuss about Dr. Fauci has not helped. I have not seen numbers on how much of the population is computerized, and has access to the news that I take for granted. As I grew up very rural, I’m well aware of how long it can take for new technologies to reach rural areas. We produced our own electricity for many years before we actually got Idaho Power. We had a refrigeration plant, but we also had an icehouse and put up ice in the winter, which was a big event. That was so normal to me that I seldom realize how very strange it must be to city people.

Our nearest town was 9 miles away. There was a small grocery, post office, and gas station about 4 miles down the road. For many years we had our own gas station and post office. The train, which we called “The Galloping Goose” was a diesel affair with an engine, large passenger compartment and a mail car came up every day, often carrying swimmers and fishermen who would get off and swim or fish as was the case, and then catch the train back on it’s return trip to wherever they came from.

If you are interested in rural America, you might enjoy the books of John McPhee, starting with Coming In to the Country.

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The supply chain problem is due to the gross incompetence of California’s Ruling Party… Nothing else!

“…As noted, and as previously outlined, the issues with the backlog of the California ports have absolutely nothing to do with rapid unloading of ships and container vessels. The issue is the inability of California truckers to move those containers. The problem is a shortage of CA emission compliant internal transportation trucks to move the containers out of the port and into the U.S. mainland.

As a result… the politically expedient goal to get rid of the optical problem (the ships) by offloading containers into a California port system, that is already overwhelmed with tens-of-thousands of containers, is only making the original issue exponentially worse…”


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The one two punch of incompetent meddling know it alls:

“…California trucking companies were going bankrupt at a rapid rate. Few outside the industry were paying attention or understood what that might mean.

2019 was described as a “bloodbath” for the trucking industry with 640 trucking companies across the country filing for bankruptcy in just the first half of the year. Thousands of truck drivers were left unemployed. Many went into the expanding last mile delivery business, some as contractors for Amazon. But California truckers and businesses had their own special woes.

Two years ago, Governor Newsom signed the Democrat supermajority’s Assembly Bill 5 into law. While AB5 was billed as a crackdown on Uber and Lyft, forcing the companies to treat l freelance contractors as employees, the gig economy companies pushed Proposition 22 so that they were the only ones exempt from the law. (A Democrat judge has since illegally blocked the approved ballot measure while falsely claiming that it was unconstitutional.)

AB5 however was less about Uber than it was about outlawing freelance employees in order to force them into unions. The union power grab inconvenienced Uber and Lyft, but crushed freelance workers in a variety of fields including journalism. One of the fields was trucking.

Over the summer, the California Trucking Association actually went to the Supreme Court to fight AB5 and allow owners and operators to use independent contractors. The CTA listed 70,000 owner operators. In the years since AB5, Ubers have become scarcer and more expensive, which is what the law was actually designed to do, but the consequences to the trucking industry have been far worse albeit invisible to most people until now. While truckers are still protected from AB5, many in the industry are not willing to bet their future on SCOTUS.

AB5 was not only the assault on the trucking industry by California Democrats who were aggressively trying to unionize the industry and to impose environmental regulations on it.

Last year, the California Air Resources Board issued a press release boasting that it had taken a “bold step to reduce truck pollution”. The bold step required switching to electric trucks.

“We are showing the world that we can move goods, grow our economy and finally dump dirty diesel,” Jared Blumenfeld, California’s Secretary for Environmental Protection, sneered.

Jared and California certainly showed the world something.

While the ultimate truck ban was scheduled for 2045, an initial phase-in of 5% to 9% begins in 2024. Last year, California’s DMV began refusing to register thousands of trucks with an estimated 100,000 trucks under threat. With “green” trucks costing $70,000 more, this was a non-starter for already troubled independent owner-operators and even larger companies…”


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