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14. Probably Ships Still Stuck Off The San Diego Port...
Fri Jan 14, 2022, 11:55 AM
Jan 2022

Last edited Fri Jan 14, 2022, 01:01 PM - Edit history (1)

Waiting to unload due to a shortage of truck drivers (COVID, etc). Corporations laid people off in 2020 and took the bailout money, but didn’t hire people back. Now they complain about a worker shortage and are using the port backlog and “worker shortage” as justification to raise prices. In the meantime, corporate profits are at record highs. But the news media aren’t reporting this.

Wonder why?

As my maternal grandmother, a product of the Great Depression used to say, “Never trust a Republican, they’re only for big business.”

Edit to add:
I'd originally had a hard number of 100 ships, and I'd gotten it from a Dan Price tweet. I just googled and the latest I can find is from December. The number then was 46, down from a high of around 100 in November. There was a back logged high of 132 container ships in the Los Angeles/Long Beach port in September, also (per USA Today Fact Check) The administration and the port took some steps to force companies to get their crap moving, by charging a daily storage fee for containers in the port (companies were using the port as a free storage site, basically), and that helped move things along.

So the number that remains in backlog in San Diego is probably somewhat less than that 46, but I can't find a current figure. I wouldn't put it past companies to artificially store stuff to keep things in short supply to justify on the going price hikes, though.

So, if I read this correctly Sherman A1 Jan 2022 #1
This Deminpenn Jan 2022 #4
Not exactly FBaggins Jan 2022 #5
A record amount of money was spent in the holiday season, House of Roberts Jan 2022 #7
Agreed Sherman A1 Jan 2022 #8
What you read in article is capitalist nonsense. Another article will tell you, think there were Alexander Of Assyria Jan 2022 #9
Sales do not "always drop after the holidays" onenote Jan 2022 #15
U.S. Retail Sales Fell 1.9% in December mahatmakanejeeves Jan 2022 #2
The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Oh wait, normal post Xmas fluctuation range? Ok then... Alexander Of Assyria Jan 2022 #10
Like it or not durablend Jan 2022 #12
That's retailer crazy math. Real math is sane. Alexander Of Assyria Jan 2022 #13
People are buying tons of stuff because they have good jobs and saved up income IronLionZion Jan 2022 #3
My gawd . . .. Lovie777 Jan 2022 #6
Oh, forgot about the hyped up supply chain nonsense. What happened to that? All fixed I guess.. Alexander Of Assyria Jan 2022 #11
Probably Ships Still Stuck Off The San Diego Port... GB_RN Jan 2022 #14
Additional information from the Commerce Dept. Report onenote Jan 2022 #16
Thanks. That helps. NT mahatmakanejeeves Jan 2022 #19
From the source. Yes, they are seasonally adjusted. No, they aren't inflation adjusted progree Jan 2022 #17
It should cool inflation a bit. roamer65 Jan 2022 #18
Maybe hoarders ran out of room Marthe48 Jan 2022 #20
I know I am going to delay a new car until at least 2026. roamer65 Jan 2022 #21
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