Are Empty Store Shelves Becoming The New Normal?


Daily Mail: Frustrated shoppers share photos of bare aisles in stores across the country and #EmptyShelvesJoe trends on Twitter as the Biden administration’s response to the supply chain crisis is slammed as ‘too little, too late’ 

* Social media users are posting photos of sparsely-stocked stores, with a hashtag blaming Biden 

* Problems in complex global supply chains created by the pandemic have caused significant disruption 

* On Thursday the hashtag ‘EmptyShelvesJoe’ was trending, being seized upon by critics of the president 

* Conservatives are already labelling Biden the Grinch who stole Christmas, accusing him of mismanagement 

* Biden on Wednesday announced the port of Los Angeles – the largest in North America – would work 24hrs 

* His chief of staff, Ron Klain, angered some by saying that inflation and shortages were ‘high class problems’ 

* On Thursday Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, was forced to explain Klain’s rationale 

Frustrated shoppers complaining about shortages of everyday products in their local stores are attacking President Joe Biden online with the hashtag ‘Empty Shelves Joe’ as the US faces severe supply chain problems that could stretch into the new year. 

Dozens of cargo ships carrying hundreds of thousands of containers of goods from China and Asia are waiting to dock in California as concern grows about likely Christmas shortages. 

Some retailers such as Costco and Walmart are limiting sales of toilet paper in some areas and toy company CEOs are telling parents to buy their kids’ Christmas gifts now to avoid disappointment.  

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Update #1: Videos Show Empty Shelves Across U.S. Stores As Food Shortage Fears Rise (Newsweek) 

Update #2: #EmptyShelvesJoe trending on Twitter amid Biden’s supply chain crisis (NYPost)  

WNU Editor: I grew up in the Soviet Union where empty store shelves were normal, and everyone knew that it was due to the Soviet government with its many restrictions and inefficiencies. 

Today’s empty shelves are not the same from what I experienced a few decades ago in the Soviet Union, but there are many similarities. And you can take this to the bank. Americans are going to blame the Biden administration and the Democrats for this mess.

On a personal note. I live in Canada and last week was Thanksgiving. This is the first Thanksgiving that I could not buy a turkey. They were sold out a week before. It looks like some of my fellow Americans are going to be experiencing the same thing next month …. Turkey Farmers Say Shortage Of Workers Will Delay Production (CBS).  

Update #3: We should all be concerned about this …. The REAL cost of inflation: Steak has soared 22%, kids’ shoes by 12% and washing machines by 19% – despite official rate of 5.4% – as value of dollar is on pace to be cut by half in just 13 years (Daily Mail).

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