Opinion: Biden Is the Economy’s Supply Chain Problem – Stephen Moore

[Editor’s Note: Pat Buchanan will return in July.]

Joe Biden has become America’s “it’s not my fault” president. Whether it’s the inflation, the border, the crime, the gas prices, the Afghanistan exit fiasco or the stock market collapse, Biden has become an expert at pointing the finger at someone else.

His presidency so far reminds me of the famous campaign slogan of then-New York Mayor David Dinkins, who admitted that everything was going wrong in the Big Apple on his watch and confessed, “I’m doing the best I can.” New Yorkers believed him. And they wisely tossed him out of office for Rudy Giuliani, who actually fixed things.

Take the supply chain crisis. Biden constantly blames shortages, empty shelves and back orders of everything from cars to tampons to baby formula on “supply chain” disruptions. For example, if you try to buy a new car these days, you will probably have to wait for weeks or even months to pull into your driveway. Or you will have to pay $5,000 to $20,000 above the sticker price to get a car immediately.

I don’t recall having these supply problems when Donald Trump was president. Do you?

One of the most remarkable business innovations of the last 40 years has been “just-in-time inventory” management. It is a logistical triumph of the economy that cut prices and ensured full shelves at the grocery store and Walmart. Then digital age companies such as FedEx, UPS and Amazon reliably deliver merchandise to your door.

Why is it just now that we are confronted with the goblins of supply chain disruptions? Biden says it is because we had the economy shut down, and then Trump left him with an economy in miserable shape. According to this narrative, Biden had to “build back better” and solve bottlenecks with cargo ships, airlines, warehouses and factories.

But that’s not even close to the truth. The economy soared out of the COVID shutdowns that had paralyzed the economy in early 2020. In the second half of 2020, the economy snapped back with a rapid rebound. These were the last six months of the Trump presidency. There were few shortages or delays (except when companies couldn’t get workers back because of sky-high welfare and unemployment benefits). Prices were stable in the first six months of the COVID recovery. When Trump left office, inflation was 1.5%, even though the economy grew by about 20% in the six months before Biden left office.

But then, when Biden took over, right from the get-go, here, there and everywhere “supply chain” problems emerged.

Why? First, Biden declared war on the American fossil fuel industry, so it began to contract output. Prices soared. Then he appointed regulators who made anti-business climate change rules that disrupted commerce flows.

And finally, he appointed people to key positions in his administration who were woefully unqualified for the task at hand. Kamala Harris, his vice president, was in charge of securing the border, and this was like a monographed invitation to illegal immigrants to come on over. Next, Pete Buttigieg was put in charge of transportation. He seems like a very nice man, but he went on paternity leave amid the cargo shipping crisis and took no practical steps to alleviate the jam up at the ports. With airlines canceling thousands of flights and leaving passengers stranded in strange cities, Mayor Pete is flunking again. People in the airline industry are starting to call the transportation secretary “Pass the Buck Buttigieg.” As aviation analyst Gary Leff of the influential View from the Wing blog puts it: “While Buttigieg is scolding airlines over their operational performance, he is partly responsible for the problem and isn’t actually doing things within his power to help fix it.” He’s acting a lot like his boss.

In sum, the supply chain problems and high inflation aren’t going away because no one in this administration knows anything about logistics, business, commerce or fixing things.

The Committee to Unleash Prosperity did a Google test to see how often people search for the term “supply chain problems.”

Sure enough, the searches weren’t too common for any of the 20 years before Biden was inaugurated. Then almost from the month that Biden was sworn in, the number of searches quadrupled. Coincidence?

Perhaps Biden, the man who blames everyone else for his failed presidency, is the real source of the supply chain problem. Maybe to get the Great American economic engine running smoothly again, he needs to be replaced.

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3 thoughts on “Opinion: Biden Is the Economy’s Supply Chain Problem – Stephen Moore”

  1. George Hotchkiss

    I have seen Mr. Moore on many news opinion shows over the years, typically he has a good point or two. But, I was surprised when I read this opinion piece, I don’t believe he got any of his points right.
    I don’t want to hash out every point but his comment “Biden declared war on the American fossil fuel industry, so it began to contract output.” is just factually wrong. The low point in American oil production happened while President Trump was still in office, it has been rising ever since. When President Biden froze new oil leases on federal lands, it had no effect on oil output at all. Those leases give oil companies the opportunity to explore, dig test wells, and eventually put in high out output wells. that process can take years, and the oil companies are sitting on thousands of leases they are not even using. So, Mr. Moore should know better.
    The average person thinks if you increase oil output in the U.S., prices will go down. That is not true. OPEC still sets the prices for oil, which is a world market, by controlling the amount of oil brought to market. So as U.S. oil production has increased, OPEC just keeps reducing their output. Monopolies are illegal in the U.S., but not for a global market like oil. Saudi Arabia has no problem setting prices high and causing misery all over the world. They are thugs. No U.S. president can make oil less expensive without sucking up to the Saudis. President Biden is getting ready to visit Saudi Arabia, and probably suck up to the murderous leader of Saudi Arabia. I would rather play hard ball than softball with that thug, we’ll see what happens.

  2. FACT: Gasoline was $2.50 a gallon when the Violent Radical Left Cash Grabbers stole the election.
    FACT: Gasoline is double that number now, even higher in some places.
    FACT: Joe Biden has publicly blamed Russia, oil companies, Donald Trump, petrol station owners, the Climate Change Hoax and COVID-19 for our disastrous energy prices. Why does he keep changing his mind? He’s almost as good as Hillary “I lost 3 times” Clinton at the blame game.
    FACT: Joe Biden declared war on American energy production so he can suck up to the Radial Left for their votes and to suck up to complete clowns like Horse-Face and the America-Last Squad for their support in the House.

    Ooooooh, we need GREEN ENERGY with solar power and wind power and little pink ponies to ride around on and if we can force it down everyone’s throat we can feel good about ourselves and make a lot of money on insider trading, but don’t tell anyone, OK?

    RED TSUNAMI, COMING SOON

    1. George Hotchkiss

      So you are agreeing with me that Mr. Moore was wrong about gas prices being due to President Biden. You wrote about all of your complaints about the president, but provided no response to my post. Yes, gasoline was $2.50 a gallon and less when the economy was in shambles due to the mishandling of the virus, by almost every government entity. When demand picks up, prices go up, who woulda thunk it!!!

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