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From the category of “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” comes this story from over the weekend. Admit, watching poetic justice hit a pompous Biden Administration official squarely in the face can’t help but make you smile.
Airlines across the country, like just about every other industry in America, have been struggling for over a year now to properly staff their operations. They just can’t get enough people to come work for them, and with the employees that they have hired, they’re experiencing high levels of absenteeism. And there are several reasons why.
We have the Biden Administration’s “American Rescue Plan” which provided handouts to millions of would-be workers and paid them for doing nothing. Then there was the repeated extension of unemployment benefits by Mr. Biden, which incentivized workers to just stay home. And of course, we have the ridiculously high price of gas which makes it much more expensive for an employee to get to work.
All these issues and more have resulted in the wage-price-spiral that we see today. Inflation is skyrocketing because employers must pay employees more to come work for them. But then that additional money employees have is worth less because of high prices. In addition to inflation, the other problem we see is a deterioration in quality, particularly in the service industries such as transportation. And that reality hit home this past weekend with Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.
According to the Daily Mail:
“Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg got a taste of summer travel misery hitting millions of Americans after his flight from DC to NYC was canceled after a crisis summit with airlines.
‘That is happening to a lot of people, and that is exactly why we are paying close attention here to what can be done and how to make sure that the airlines are delivering,’ Buttigieg said Saturday, after driving from the capital to the Big Apple.
Saturday saw a total of 856 flights canceled across the US, with 5,997 flights within, into or out of the US delayed, according to FlightAware.”
So, follow the irony. Buttigieg holds a “crisis summit” with various airline representatives to discuss the increasing number of flight cancelations due to staffing shortages, and then his own flight gets canceled. Delightful.
But in addition to the other, aforementioned factors driving America’s labor shortage, including the wage-price-spiral, we also have this undeniable reality: Biden, Buttigieg, and the Democrats embrace laziness. They think it’s great when folks get to sit on their ass. Unemployment benefits? Sure, stay out as long as you need. You’re running out of money? Don’t sweat it, here’s a check.
Buttigieg, you may remember, was caught sitting on his ass for two months last year when we learned that during the supply chain crisis – a challenge that continues today – Mr. Buttigieg decided to take off from work for two months for paternity leave after he and his husband adopted two babies. Two months!
So, the moral of the story is this. Secretary Pete “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg is fully on board with people sitting on their butts… provided that person is himself. Don’t worry, Democrats, you’re doing just great, and there’s nothing wrong with your messaging to the American people.
By Jess Lawson
Jess Lawson is a regular contributor to The Blue State Conservative and a passionate, conservative millennial who loves America.
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