It’s unclear if Press Secretary Jen Psaki is incompetent or forced to answer the way she does. Psaki has a demeaning quality about her speaking and responding that doesn’t go unnoticed. Her attempt at being clever and sarcastic at the same time gives you the idea that she doesn’t care about America’s problems and wants to throw it in your face that you’re having a hard time.
In March 2020, the pandemic began, and as businesses started to shut down, supplies dwindled. Toilet paper was hard to find, and necessities were short. In the midst of all of this, communities came together and provided for one another.
Psaki joked about a question asked by New York Times reporter Michael Shear who referenced many items behind delivery dates. Psaki said, “the tragedy of the treadmill that’s delayed.” If it were only that. Supplies across the country and out with no timeline on when it will be fixed. Automation in ports has contributed to slowing speeds of importations, and it’s an issue that’s going to affect the United States for a long time.
Just like when people “panic-buy” gasoline when it’s reported that stations are running out, the same will happen with the first item that’s reported unfound in grocery stores. People may not even need it, but they’re going to buy it. People are conditioned to want what they can’t have more than wanting what they need. It could be kitchen sink drain stops, and people would panic, but I digress.
What needs to happen is for Americans to learn that other products can substitute items that are running low. No toilet paper? Get a large pack of napkins. No bleach? Scrub harder with soap. It’s not that difficult to do if you do it correctly. When food starts to run out, we’re in trouble.
Americans don’t need a snarky press secretary who talks down to everyone all the time, and they don’t need a president who is in severe cognitive decline while we’re going through these troubles.
The issue goes beyond that. The unions that represent employees at the ports that are so behind aren’t making things better.
According to the Journal of Commerce, Union Pacific shut down their railway from California ports for a week back in July. The ports included the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland, and Tacoma, Washington. This issue has been coming for a long time, and Biden just realized it. Nothing better than a tragedy that could have been avoided but wasn’t.
Is this part of the “Build Back Better” agenda that Biden always talks about? Crashing everything so that the federal government can build it back as they please? It sure seems like it.