Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the egregiously overdue end of the travel ban to the U.S. for vaccinated people from the UK and the European Union. They also shudder after finding out Loudoun County, Virginia, schools have failed to reported abuse incidents for years and that Democrats in the Virginia legislature made it easier to cover up these problems just last year. And they react to the news that Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg has been on leave for the past two months while the supply chain crisis grew worse.

 

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  1. kedavis Member
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    Just imagine how the supply chain problems could be dealt with in a second Trump term, where California’s unilateral destruction of so much could be overruled because it’s…

    Drumroll, please…

     

    Interstate Commerce!

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  2. FredGoodhue Coolidge
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    It appears the biggest thing the federal government can do to alleviate the supply chain problem is to expand the hours that the west coast ports are open.  It has finally started on this solution.  I strongly suspect the delay was because the administration did not want to offend unions.  If the Secretary had been on the job, perhaps he would have identified and pushed for this solution.  Or maybe he would have done the politically convenient thing.

    In government and private organizations, the positions at the top of the totem pole are not family friendly.  Those people have great responsibility for the livelihoods of many other people and their families.  They need to do their jobs, or step aside and let other people do it.  I wonder if this has something to do with why so many children of very successful people have troubled lives.  It’s hard to be both extremely successful professionally, and to also raise a family.

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  3. kedavis Member
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    FredGoodhue (View Comment):

    It appears the biggest thing the federal government can do to alleviate the supply chain problem is to expand the hours that the west coast ports are open. It has finally started on this solution. I strongly suspect the delay was because the administration did not want to offend unions. If the Secretary had been on the job, perhaps he would have identified and pushed for this solution. Or maybe he would have done the politically convenient thing.

    In government and private organizations, the positions at the top of the totem pole are not family friendly. Those people have great responsibility for the livelihoods of many other people and their families. They need to do their jobs, or step aside and let other people do it. I wonder if this has something to do with why so many children of very successful people have troubled lives. It’s hard to be both extremely successful professionally, and to also raise a family.

    Except that the biggest problems may be that the People’s Republic of California recently decreed that non-union independent owner-operators (of trucks) are not allowed to service the ports.  And that only fairly new trucks can operate anywhere in PRC at all.  That’s a double-whammy, since older trucks are commonly used to move freight from the ports to intermediate warehouses etc.  Because it’s a short trip, and older trucks are more cost-effective for that since they remain local and can be monitored and serviced as needed.

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