Time Magazine cover blames everyone but Biden for supply chain crisis

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Time Magazine has decided in its wisdom that American shoppers are actually to blame for the supply chain breaking down and the massive shortages that are occurring across the nation, not President Biden’s catastrophic economic policies.

In an apparent effort to provide cover for Biden as inflation bites and Americans struggle to find toys for their children for Christmas and to purchase a Butterball turkey for Thanksgiving, the leftist magazine is putting the blame for the dire supply situation on consumers themselves.

The liberal media outlet entitled its piece, “How American Shoppers Broke the Supply Chain.” The story contends that “America has long been gobbling up more goods from overseas than we send back, but in the past year, spending has gone bonkers. Stuck at home and unable to buy services like haircuts and massages, and unable to travel and eat out as much as they’d like, Americans bought even more stuff, filling their ever-larger houses.”

One subsection was very blunt in its effort to blame Americans, stating, “Our buying habits are hurting the U.S. economy.”

“As Americans went on a spending spree this year and the ports filled with imports, clogging the supply chain, trucks started dumping shipping containers in Wilmington so they could go back to the ports and pick up more to relieve the backlog. The 40-foot containers, which can weigh four tons, are hulking feet from residents’ kitchen windows and blocking the driveways where their children ride bicycles. They’re piled six or seven high in storage yards where they dwarf small churches and homes,” Time disingenuously asserts.

The article fails to mention that Biden and the Federal Reserve “squeezed the supply side with incentives not to work, restrictive mandates, and the promise of more regulation and higher taxes. The result is 5% inflation and supply-chain disruptions that CEOs say will stretch well into 2022 and maybe beyond,” The Wall Street Journal editorial board wrote on Oct. 8.

Wall Street Journal assistant editor James Freeman noted that a “combination of astronomical government spending and money creation plus tightly regulated human interaction has resulted in too many dollars chasing too few goods.”

Time Magazine doesn’t seem to grasp that economic principle, complaining that the supply chain is failing in part due to “the sheer volume of stuff that Americans are buying, especially online.”

“Americans have become singularly impatient consumers, unlike their peers in much of the rest of the world,” stated Jock O’Connell, international trade advisor at Beacon Economics. His quote was included in the piece for effect.

“We have much more inventory in this country than we would need if Jeff Bezos hadn’t convinced us we could have our stuff delivered tomorrow,” he stated, taking a swipe at Amazon.

Time went on to further portray Americans as spoiled capitalists and emphasized it’s their fault, not Biden’s for the supply chain failure by stating, “Usually consumer spending is good for the economy, but the bottlenecks created by America’s huge appetite are becoming a problem for economic growth. The U.S. economy grew at a rate of just 2% from July to September, the Commerce Department said last week, down significantly from the 6.7% it grew the quarter before, largely because of supply chain bottlenecks that have made it harder for consumers to buy all the things they want.”

Time Magazine is not the only media outlet that is looking to shift blame away from Biden over the failing economy. Axios also put the blame on “unruly customers” claiming it is their fault there are labor shortages in the U.S. Axios contended that “increasingly violent and combative customers” are angry over “long wait times and mask mandates” which is causing workers to quit and, in turn, preventing economic recovery.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki has also blamed Americans’ buying habits for the failure of the supply chain.

A reporter asked her at a press briefing in October, “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 responded, “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.”

Americans are not impressed with Time Magazine’s blaming consumers instead of putting the blame where it truly belongs:


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