“When you start talking about supply chain, inflation, that’s not something that’s going to impact a small segment. That hits very wide and very hard. Florida is here, we’ve got capacity and we also have incentive packages to make it worth your while to be able to bring your business through our ports.”
California in particular has been a mess, with dozens of container ships sitting idly at anchor rather than unloading their goods.
The New York Post reports that two of California’s ports account for one-third of all import traffic – making it the most significant bottleneck in the country.
Tim Uy of Moody’s Analytics is not optimistic, and says that supply chain problems “will get worse before they get better.” He added, “As the global economic recovery continues to gather steam, what is increasingly apparent is how it will be stymied by supply-chain disruptions that are now showing up at every corner.”
Where Is Mayor Pete?
Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg has been in the hot seat lately for a number of issues involving the ongoing supply chain crisis. As the situation has worsened, Buttigieg was heavily criticized for being on paternity leave and not coming back to work to deal with the problem.
That criticism was compounded when he told CNN that the supply chain was merely strained due to President Joe Biden successfully bringing the country out of a recession. He added, “Demand is up, because income is up, because the president has successfully guided this economy out of the teeth of a terrifying recession.”
Buttigieg also said that Americans could expect that the holidays, “are going to be a lot better this year. Because a year ago millions of Americans were sliding into poverty who now have jobs. And a year ago, a lot of us were gathering with loved ones over a screen.”
Secretary Buttigieg’s comments contradict those of Vice President Kamala Harris, who said during a trip to Singapore in August that, “The stories that we are now hearing about the caution that if you want to have Christmas toys for your children it might be the time to start buying them because the delay may be many, many months.”
During his stop in Jacksonville on Tuesday, Gov. DeSantis proclaimed that “Florida is the way.”