General Discussion Forum / Re: Inflation, Dollar Tree now goes over $1, are you stocking up on anything?« Last post by Cobalt1959 on Today at 02:27:20 »
The whole rush to buy things is contrived - and Americans are buying the lie.
The gas crisis of 1972 is a good example. Nationwide there was little or no gasoline for anyone. I was in Charleston, SC at the time serving with the Navy. Nobody had gasoline in Charleston. Out in the harbor, sitting on her hook was a HESS tanker. She sat there at the end of her anchor for a long time. One morning I was on watch about 5am when the HESS tanker came steaming up the river. Next day everyone had all the gasoline we wanted. The whole episode was fake. Gas was held back until people were desperate to get it and pay a dollar a gallon or more for the privilege. The excuse for our shortages was the Yom Kippur war, but the real motivation was profit from higher gasoline prices.
In the same way our news media is manipulating the American people to buy into another consumer lie.
In normal years, retailers conduct sales to reduce their inventory. They do this to make room for Christmas products. In the past year, however, there's been little or no demand for the trash they sell us and as a result their warehouses are full and store shelves aren't being emptied fast enough. Add to this the increase in inflation rates created by the Federal government's maniacal gift of money to citizens without any return on it for the benefit of the nation. Inflation will go high - very high because you can't print money and have it worth anything. Goods maintain their intrinsic value, but the money to buy them is reduced. Google it. Its a principle of national economy. Cheap dollars buy less goods.
Ships full of goods sit on their anchor in our harbors because NOBODY WILL LET THEM DOCK. Two glaring reasons present themselves. One is that there's no place to put it when its unloaded. Retail stores and their warehouses are still full from last season's stock of junk items. Money is cheap and sellers want their due payment in dollars that have become almost worthless. When a three pound package of meat (mostly bone) at SAM'S CLUB costs fifty bucks, there's a real problem with our currency.
So no, I am not "stocking up" in a mad rush to the stores. It's my opinion that when the holidays finally arrive there will be plenty for everybody. We just won't be able to afford to buy it.
In the 1930's the situation was called DEPRESSION. Today our media invents a new lie every evening to explain supply line economics to those who never took a course in the subject. At a university you'll pay big bucks for a course on economics and lots more for the textbook to go with it. A college degree now means the same thing as somebody writing about it on the internet. If it doesn't agree with media lies its automatically considered to be a bone head conspiracy theory. The problem is that it isn't a theory and it isn't stupidity unleashed. It's an economic fact of life and whether we like it or not we are all caught up in it.
that's me, hollering from the choir loft...
And you'll be wrong. I work retail. I work at Sam's as a forklift driver. Those container ships aren't sitting off of Long Beach because they are not being allowed to dock. They are sitting there because there aren't enough people to unload them once they are docked, and even if there were, there are not enough drivers to haul them to where they are supposed to go. I've worked the intermodal end of the supply chain as well, and I understand exactly how it works.
We've been told, especially when it comes to the holiday stuff, once it's gone, it's gone and chances are there won't be more of it. We are going a week, sometimes up to two weeks with NO shipments of toilet paper or paper towels at all. I haven't seen the regular Member's Mark 10" paper plates in two weeks. There is all kinds of stuff we are out of and in some cases, haven't seen for months. These shortages are not contrived, and they will not get better. As long as our politicians continue to act out this political pandemic charade, for no other reason beyond the fact that they want complete and total control, of everything, the infrastructure will continue to decay. It's already past the point of fixing anyway, so the vaccine, right now, is the least of anyone's worries.