Jen Psaki Blames Americans' Spending Habits For the Supply Chain Crisis

Brittany M. Hughes | October 28, 2021
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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has an interesting new take on why Americans are having trouble getting goods and stores are struggling to keep their shelves stocked heading into the holiday season.

And by “interesting,” I mean “stupid.” And colossally so.

According to Psaki, cargo boats are stranded outside ports and schools are missing shipments of lunch food because Americans are shopaholics with a major spending problem. Or, at least, that’s what she claimed in her answer to one reporter during Wednesdays White House press briefing.

“What’s your message to Americans who are still so worried about their Christmas gifts on time, [and] Halloween?” the reporter asked. “Is this going to be happening at a fast enough pace?”

“Well, I think our message is that, one, what’s happening right now is that so many people across the country are purchasing more goods online,” Psaki replied. “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 month. That is leading to a massive increase in volume,” she went on. “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.”

Or – and just a thought here – it’s happening in part because the federal government has incentivized people not to go back to work through massive unemployment benefits. Or because federal and state governments, most of them blue ones, have made it a condition of employment that workers be vaccinated, leaving many feeling they have no choice but to quit their jobs or get a shot they don’t want.

Perhaps, even more so, it has to do with the enormous kink the government threw into the supply chain in the first place by requiring retailers to shut down thanks to a virus with a 99 percent survival rate, causing the entire system of supply-and-demand to be thrown out of whack before turning on the spigot and expecting everything to snap back into order, all while the secretary of transportation takes a months-long hiatus from work to bond with his two newborn babies and his gay husband while schools struggle to feed kids without their regular food shipments.

But we’ll just ignore all this and instead do what left-wing progressives always do when deflecting the blame for their own screw-ups: point the finger at hardworking Americans and capitalism, and simply pretend the government - and the Democrat currently leading it - can do no wrong. 

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