Shoppers face ‘disruption and frustration’ this Christmas amid gaps on shelves and rising prices, retail industry experts warned yesterday.
At the same time, concerns triggered by the recent petrol crisis, soaring energy bills and the rising cost of living are sapping consumer confidence, they said.
White House officials, scrambling to relieve global supply bottlenecks choking U.S. ports, highways and railways, warn Americans may face higher prices and some empty shelves this Christmas season.
The supply crisis, driven in part by the global COVID-19 pandemic and the vaccine mandate, not only threatens to dampen U.S. spending at a critical time, it also poses a political risk for U.S. President Joe Biden.
The latest Reuters/Ipsos poll shows the economy continues to be the most important issue to Democrats and Republicans alike.
The White House has been trying to tackle inflation-inducing supply bottlenecks of everything from meat to semiconductors, and formed a task force in June that meets weekly and named a “bottleneck” czar to push private sector companies to ease snarls.
Biden himself plans to meet with senior officials on Wednesday to discuss efforts to relieve transportation bottlenecks before delivering a speech on the topic.
But it seems that we have huge problem in our leadership!
In further bad news for President Biden’s supply chain shortages, a video resurfaced in which he criticized previous shortages, at the onset of the pandemic under former President Donald Trump, as a crisis of leadership.
“We don’t have a food shortage problem — we have a leadership problem,” then-candidate Biden said at a virtual town hall in May of 2020.
The circumstances facing the country under Trump – when lockdowns were first being implemented – were vastly different than the economic goldmine Biden should be promoting as the economy opens up in most areas.
“We have plenty of food,” Biden added as he accused Trump of being the problem at the time.
“It’s not a food shortage,” he added. “It’s a lack of leadership … a lack of leadership.”
We don't have a food shortage problem — we have a leadership problem. pic.twitter.com/eFpJ8PGHGM
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) May 21, 2020
Trump issued a statement earlier this week pointing out Biden’s many failures of leadership.
“COVID is raging out of control, our supply chains are crashing with little product in our stores, we were humiliated in Afghanistan, our Border is a complete disaster, gas prices and inflation are zooming upward — how’s Biden doing? he asked.
Trump added, “Do you miss me yet?”
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