By now it’s pretty clear that the White House isn’t about to accept any share of the responsibility for the supply chain crisis that has resulted in backlogged ports and increasing economic pain for ordinary Americans.
While there are indeed external factors that are contributing to pressure on the global supply chain, the lack of leadership from the Biden administration is stunning at a time when inflation is skyrocketing and people are feeling the squeeze weeks before the holiday season.
When asked about the effects on people who are concerned about whether they will be able to put Christmas gifts under the tree, White House press secretary Jen Psaki gave one of her typical responses by not answering the question and pointing the finger at consumers, suggesting that their buying habits are a major reason for the shortages.
During Wednesday’s press briefing, Psaki laid the blame squarely at the feet of Americans for the ongoing disaster.
WATCH: The White House says Americans purchasing too many goods online is the “root cause” of the supply chain crisis created by Joe Biden.
— NRSC Rapid Response (@NRSC_Rapid) October 27, 2021
The reporter asked, “What’s your message to Americans who are still so worried about getting their Christmas gifts on time, Halloween, is this going to be happening at a fast enough pace?”
Psaki replied, “Well, I think our message of that… one, what’s happening right now, and I wish I had the chart, but we’ll give it to all of you afterwards, is that so many people across the country are purchasing more goods online. Maybe some of it is from habits that developed during the pandemic when people weren’t leaving their homes.”
“Some of it is because we’ve seen an economic recovery that has been underway for the last nine months where 5 million more people are working,” she said. “The unemployment rate has been cut in half. And that is leading to a massive increase in volume.”
“That’s what’s happening at ports but what we would tell people is we are addressing and attacking the supply chain issues even with the increased volume, which is the root cause here at every front, which means oversees, making sure people get COVID vaccines, which means making sure ports are fully operational,” Psaki continued.
“Working with railroads, working with truckers and labor unions to make sure we have more people driving trucks, more people moving goods. So, I think what people should know is this is a top priority. We’ve already seen progress, and we’re going to continue to stay at it,” she concluded.
Once again, Psaki played the COVID card, a highly-effective, dual-purpose rationale that not only serves as the rationale for the Biden administration’s authoritarian policies but also a convenient excuse for the disastrous effects of those policies.
The coming holiday shortages will likely sour swing voters on Biden’s job performance less than a year into his presidency and with the nation on a course to becoming the next Venezuela. The political fallout will likely continue to build regardless of Psaki’s spinning.
Last week, House Republicans sent a letter to Biden pointing a finger at him for the supply chain crisis and blasting his signature “Build Back Better” agenda as a “Trojan horse to push radical policies that make it more difficult and expensive for families to find or afford basic goods” and that his policies “will certainly ensure that this Christmas will not be merry”
Mr. President, it’s time for you to reevaluate your priorities.
We must address our supply chain and ports crisis before Congress considers any additional social spending and taxation legislation.
Read Republicans' full letter to President Biden here: pic.twitter.com/klkCiBSITD
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) October 20, 2021
Empty stockings and a downsized Thanksgiving could fuel voter anger that will continue to build all the way up until next year’s critical midterm elections and could strip Democrats and their extreme ideology from the control of Congress.
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