September 28, 2021

Thoughts on the Port Labor Shortage

Timothy Birdnow

I have some thoughts on the port backups that are about to drive the costs of goods sky high.

First,  this is supposedly being caused by a shortage in longshoremen and truck drivers. If so...

Maybe those Haitians and others who are storming across our border should be made to do those jobs "Americans just won't do" while awaiting their amnesty hearings? Establish camps near the port cities and put them to work, make them earn their keep while they stay.

We're going to wind up with them inside the country anyway with this Administration,

so why not have them unloading ships or whatnot.

Granted, we can't use them to drive the trucks; they probably don't have licenses. But we can certainly put them to work as longshoremen, at least until their hearings.

Maybe this is what the Democrats want? I doubt it; they want these people in the heartland to turn red states blue, and they want to buy them with social programs to become good Democrats. To be a good Democrat you must first learn to be a good mooch.

BUT I could see them proposing this as a way to alleviate the "crisis" which they created by giving eternal covid relief benefits, and to "solve" the problem with more immigrants, with a general amnesty.

They are always thinking a step ahead. The Dems play chess, the Repubs checkers.

This is clearly a result of bad policy on multiple levels, and I believe it is intentional. But why? Not exactly sure what the endgame is here. Punish America for voting for Trump? Driving up inflation to cause chaos and make America more willing to accept socialism and big government? Perhaps to push against American resistance to unrestricted immigration? I think there are multiple reasons for what is happening and it has little to do with labor shortages.

By the way, just to toot my own horn, I predicted something like this back when they first shut everything down. Disruptions in the supply chain were inevitable. I did wonder at the time if the world economy would recover from it. I would point out the Bronze Age was a time much like ours, with easy commerce throughout the Mediterranean and international trade. But a series of disasters, especially the coming of the Sea People, ground commerce to a halt and the Bronze Age cultures were overspecialized
and overdependent on that trade. The Bronze Age saw the collapse of their world order as a result. It was all tied to their overreliance on international trade and vulnerability as no country was self-sufficient at that time.

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