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If you’ve been paying attention to the press, or your own store shelves the last few months, you’ve probably noticed this growing worry about supply chains and good shortages.
Leaders have been blaming it all on the Covid lockdowns, but the economy in most places reopened months ago yet the shortages only seem to be getting worse.
You probably first saw it earlier this year with lumber. At one point this spring, just the increase in lumber prices raised the cost of putting up a new home by an average of $30,000. Prices have gone down since they peaked in May, but the National Association of Homebuilders just warned White House occupant Joe Biden that prices will probably surge again this fall, then again next spring.
But forget lumber. Now, there are shortages in everything. The Atlantic magazine literally calls it “The Everything Shortage” in an article out last week. There aren’t enough new cars because they don’t have enough computer chips for them, and there aren’t enough chips because there’s a shortage of semiconductors. You can’t repair your old car because there’s a months-long backlog for spare parts.
No country exports more food than America, yet people are finding food shortages in our own supermarkets.
Even when you have enough stuff, you don’t have enough containers to ship it in. A cargo container big enough to hold 35,000 books used to cost $2,500 for a shipment. Now, it costs $25,000.
Suddenly, all those ads you see on Alex Jones for doomsday prepper kits don’t seem like such a bad idea. Maybe those preppers will be laughing at us this winter while they feast on their 80-gallon barrels of dried beans.
This crisis is global, by the way. In the U.K., the government is warning that there could be gas shortages this winter. In China, there’s so much demand for shipping containers to the US, that ships are returning from America early, without loading up with U.S. goods. So whatever it is that America still exports to China, it’s not showing up there.
And now, our leaders are taking this whole snarl of supply crises and making it even worse with insane, unneeded vax mandates. Truck drivers, longshoremen, pilots, mechanics, ship crew: Thousands of them are retiring early or walking off the job to avoid the jab. The Minnesota Trucking Association thinks that right now the U.S. has a shortage of 60,000 truck drivers.
So, is this the product of random chance? Incompetence? Or could it be malice?
Our next guest says he has some insight on that question. He works at the Port of Los Angeles, which is the absolute nerve center for this supply crisis. There are dozens, hundreds of ships piling up outside its port, apparently unable to be processed and unloaded in a timely manner. Our guest quite reasonably fears for his job, so much so that he has asked to keep his identity and his company a secret. But he says that these shortages are no accident. He says there’s been plenty of goods showing up at his port, but someone, someone high up the chain, seems determined to keep things running slowly.
That LA Port whistleblower wrote to the Stew Peters Show with tremendous concern and felt an urgency to make sure his message is heard, and he joined the show to discuss.
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