Secretary of Non-Transportation Pete Buttigieg is set to go on Eternity Leave while the nation grapples with major supply-chain disruption. But before setting off to cuddle with a baby that he had nothing to do with creating with his same-sex partner, he left us with some consoling words of wisdom about the massive mess he is leaving us. It’s actually a good thing. No, seriously.
Buttigieg aka Mayor Pete appeared with Jake Tapper on CNN’s State of Confusion and disclosed his strategy for handling the supply chain crisis. Do nothing.
“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. 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. If you think about those images of ships, for example, waiting at anchor on the west coast, 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.”
“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,” he claimed. “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 players, secure commitments and get solutions that will make it easier.”
This is the laziest gaslighting in the history of American politics. Cargo vessels are floating around aimlessly in the Pacific waiting to come into port. Dock workers have gone on silent strike. Truckers are sitting in packed lots waiting to receive goods for transport. Airline pilots, crew and workers have been getting the ‘freedom flu‘ in opposition to Biden’s unlawful, unnecessary, and unannounced federal vaccine mandate that is massively disruptive. And all this empty suit for a cabinet official can say is, ‘this is fine.’
Mayor Pete was not alone with this sad attempt to talk Americans into accepting the Biden regime’s lackadaisical incompetence. White House spin queen Jen Psaki also trotted this line out, even as Jake Tapper tried to talk her down from using the idiotic talking point.
“Inflation is skyrocketing, as I don’t need to tell you,’ Jake Tapper pointed out. “The prices for home heating costs, cars, groceries, furniture, rent, gasoline are hitting Americans right in the wallet. The White House response has been generally to say ‘hey, inflation shows that we’re coming out of the recession, so it’s a good sign.’ President Biden’s Chief of Staff Ron Klain enthusiastically retweeted an economist who had said in part, ‘most of the economic problems we’re facing, inflation, supply chains, etc., are high class problems.’”
“Now, I get the larger point that when we’re talking about economics, we’re coming out of recession,” Tapper said. “But doesn’t it seem tone deaf to say that rising prices and empty grocery store shelves are high class problems? Isn’t that a bit dismissive?”
“Well, that’s not exactly what the tweet said nor the retweet of the original tweet, which is what we’re talking about here,” she claimed, dishonestly. “It is true, though, Jake, and economists will tell you this. And I know you’ve interviewed some of them as well, that the fact is, the unemployment rate is about half what it was a year ago. So a year ago, people were in their homes, 10 percent of people were unemployed. Gas prices were low because nobody was driving. People weren’t buying goods because they didn’t have jobs. Now more people have jobs. More people are buying goods. That’s increasing the demand. That’s a good thing.”
“At the same time, we also know that the supply is low because we’re coming out of the pandemic and because a bunch of manufacturing sectors across the world have shut down because ports haven’t been functioning as they should be,” she noted. “These are all things we’re working through. What people should know is that inflation is going to come down next year. Economists have said that, they’re all projecting that. But we’re working to attack these cost issues that are impacting the American people every single day. But there’s different issues in different sectors and many of the ones you mentioned.”
Inflation is a “high class” problem. It’s actually a “good thing.” Supply chain problems are something they are “working through.” Packages might not be delivered by Christmas. ‘Empty shelves’ Joe is just a fact of (socialist) American life. Carry that same energy into the midterms, Democrats.
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