Supply chains: Kick them when they're down
Have you noticed the dwindling shelves at the grocery store? Are you still waiting on product orders placed months ago? In our household, this is a regular observation. School uniform items like pants and shirts that we ordered for our children last summer took the better part of four to five months to arrive, and we were left scrambling for approved apparel for them to wear to school this past fall. This phenomenon is not limited to school uniforms or grocery items, either.
I have written previously about societal planners actively working to disrupt supply chains and devalue currencies in pursuit of a reimagination of global capitalism. They have advertised their intent in recent years, utilizing corporate finance publications like Forbes and Bloomberg to sell their vision of a new system with themselves positioned comfortably at the top. Others like The Hill advertised the Biden administration's devotion to this vision of a new capitalism.
There was always going to be a correction after our ill-advised COVID retreat policies. Locking down supply chains in an attempt to run from viral contagion based on a high school experiment was never going to be without consequence. Perhaps our greatest error was allowing these policies to persist unfettered for as long as we did. Earlier course correction may have saved us from our current trajectory. Recent reports of economic indicators saw inflation climb to 6.8 percent, the highest rate in forty years, and 4.5 million people quit their jobs in anticipation of OSHA-enforced vaccination policies, the highest number ever recorded.
Kick someone when he's down — that's a fitting description of the Biden administration's policy positions. Build Back Better? No, kick them when they're down! So many of our mistakes seem to be forced errors. Our economic indicators have been trending the wrong way for the first year of the Biden administration, and so chalking these policies up to ineptitude seems gracious at best.
When the Supreme Court recently scrapped the Biden administration's OSHA vaccine mandate in the private sector, the Biden administration didn't abandon its misguided policy. Rather than move on, it merely redirected its focus toward those whom they still held the authority to bully. In this case, health care workers and international truckers became the new targets of the administration at a time when we're short eighty thousand truckers and one in five U.S. health care workers have quit with mandates pending. As a response, American and Canadian truckers have parked their rigs at the U.S. borders and assembled a convoy in protest.
In a time of major goods and labor supply crunch, implementing new choke points on the supply chain can't simply be dismissed as inept and reads more like malicious policy. When every policy response exacerbates the circumstances in which we find ourselves, it's hard to see them as anything but disdain toward the American workforce. Then another absurd policy is introduced, and we're back to wondering if ineptness is the real answer.
One such solution to the forced suspension of truckers is an apprenticeship program to put teenagers behind the wheel of big rigs. Don't get me wrong; I am an ardent supporter of apprenticeship programs and believe they're far better for career training than what most government schools deliver. Still, putting trillions in supply in the hands of novice teenage drivers versus relaxing regulation and letting seasoned drivers do what they do in the short term seems every bit as irrational as it sounds.
Many economists predict that the global supply chain may never recover from our current predicament, and perhaps that would be by design for those who wish to reimagine global commerce. One is certainly left questioning if that is the objective of the Biden administration. The rest of us are left asking, why can't they return? Supply chains are just mechanisms of facilitating supply and demand, and all of the pieces that existed before our pandemic response remain. People still require goods and services, and businesses still require meeting those demands to flourish.
Brian Parsons is a paleoconservative columnist in Idaho, a proud husband and father, and saved by Grace. You can follow him at WithdrawConsent.org or find his weekly opinion column in the Idaho State Journal. Gab, MeWe, email.
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