Newsom:  Don’t Charge Your Electric Car…..Please!

If you live in California you are used to hearing stupid, moronic, dumb, depressing things.  It reached a new low this past week.  The same week Governor Newsom and his merry band of idiots announced new gas powered car sales will cease in a decade, he also reminded us due to a heat wave not to plug your current electric car in.  Yeah folks, we are banning new gas powered cars, in favor of more enviro-friendly electric ones, but please do not charge it while we grapple with an energy crisis. 

Newsom’s Utopian Future

It gets even better last evening around 6pm. I got an SOS text message from the State of California telling me to essentially cease and desist all electrical usage between 4-10pm due to the grid being overloaded.  So yeah, I come home to a hot house and cannot use appliances due to conservation.  It was 86 degrees in my house when I arrived home but that’s ok. I am sure the Hollywood types did their share to conserve as well.  NOT!

You see, here in the People’s Republic of California, we have gone so green even Cheech and Chong are starting to worry!  By conservative estimates, CA can only produce enough electricity to power about 2/3s of its needs, so we “buy” the excess power from Arizona or another neighboring utility.  Who cares how that utility procures its electricity, all that matters is we don’t pollute here in CA.

We have mandated the closure of Diablo Canyon Nuclear plant…..then we reversed it!  I guess Gavin must have farted himself awake and realized retiring more power plants isn’t smart when you cannot produce enough to keep up with demand.  We have a law that all new houses must have solar panels on them, yet every summer we have threats of rolling blackouts.  We have all kinds of solar farms and windmills, but we are reliant on our neighbors for electricity?

In CA we have a saying, at least those of us with an IQ slightly north of room temperature, it’s not how you think, it’s how you feel.  That phrase is an embodiment of what is left here in this place.  We have gone so damn insane on environmental issues that we have become our own worst enemy.  We are now quite literally telling people not to charge their car (aka what you use to get to your job in CA) in favor of sitting in a hot house, because global warming.  We have closed down nuclear plants, gas fired plants, in favor of far less reliable solar and wind farms.  Word to the wise, solar doesn’t do a whole lot of good once the sun goes down, also you need a very un-environmentally friendly battery, and solar components as well.  Don’t believe us?  Do a simple Google search for disposal of lithium-ion batteries and solar panels!

It’s pretty pathetic that in the technology capital of the world, we have to rely on Arizona for our electricity.  Even more sad is when Arizona doesn’t have any excess to sell us, they turn the lights off for us.

But this is all part of the plan here in California.  The goal is to remove all gas powered everything from here.  They are starting with gas generators and lawn equipment.  Don’t believe me?  The lawn equipment goes in 2024, the generators 2028.  Do not hold your breath that the CA GOP will do anything about it, they likely have no clue this is happening.  I haven’t looked into it much but how will the landscapers cut Elk Grove Park if they need to use electric mowers?  Me thinks there will be exceptions doled out for all cities/municipalities.  The point is a carbon free CA. The issue is that no one is using their brains to think about those who will be left out.  A Tesla is not cheap. A cursory search of tesla.com for used Tesla’s within 200 miles showed the cheapest 2019 Tesla at roughly 46k.  That is double what I paid for my 2019 4 door Tacoma by the way.  Some localities have started banning new gas station construction, in this blog’s town I have seen numerous gas stations either starting construction or pulling permits as if to “beat the clock” on a ban being forthcoming.  So they will make it even harder to find gas for your gas powered car.  The price doesn’t get cheaper when supply is harder to find folks.

Make no bones about it, they are discussing banning natural gas as well.  New home construction currently does not feature a fire place, not even wood burning ones.  Some cities like Berkeley have either already banned or are considering banning all natural gas inside your house/business.  Think no stove/oven/heater.  You would be using electricity, yeah as in that thing we cannot keep on right now.  Imagine going out to dinner in the wintertime, its colder than hell and your favorite steak house is using an electric cook top.  You get no sear, and the heater won’t be able to keep up because it’s electric and takes a while to get going, then it stays hot for a while to shut off.  My parent’s most recent house had an electric stove, they converted it to gas.  Now instead of being able to throttle up and down the natural gas burners in the kitchen, they must stay on all day regardless of foot traffic since it takes a while to heat up and cool down.  Even better, in the summer it may not work at all, we have these rolling blackouts we are famous for.

Can’t afford a Tesla?  You can take one of our natural gas burning busses, at least until they ban those as well, they cannot be far behind.  Try using mass transit in this town, actually don’t you’ll save the bruises on your brain.

All is well here in California, just remember since the 100-degree days last until Friday please do not plug in your electric car!  We need to conserve energy. I’m sure your manager at work will understand!

Johnnie Does

The Road to hell is Paved by Birx

Folks, its not too often that the man (or woman) behind the curtain outs themselves and takes a bow for their skullduggery; but occasionally, the villain has enough hubris to do just that. Enter one, Deborah Birx. This woman is evil incarnate and thinks herself quite the opposite. Everything wrong with the government’s response to Covid 19 was not only her fault but her idea.

Here’s a partial list of things that she did as the lead doctor on the White House Covid task force.

  • Came up with two weeks to flatten the curve which she knew was a lie
  • Limit social gatherings to ten people when she really wanted zero
  • Use federal bureaucrats to give governors cover to lockdown their states
  • She fought for unending shutdowns
  • She came up with asymptomatic spread of the virus with zero proof
  • Brix doctored—sorry about the pun—White House communications with state governors and health officials
  • Brix denounced any real science as subterfuge
  • Face masks

The only thing I can’t find for certain is whether it was her idea to keep six feet apart but after everything else I found out about her; I believe it’s likely.

Folks, most of the rest of this post is quotes of others who are quoting the doctor’s book and then comment on it. Please read the source material cited. Lastly, any emphasis within the quotation is from the quoted source and not added by me.

Dr. Deborah Birx, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator for President Trump, launched her book about her one-person attack on our form of government and our economy under the guise of saving us from the Wuhan virus. Though it has been out for a couple of months, it is only now attracting the attention it deserves. The book is called Silent Invasion and, to quote Michael Senger, “reads like a how-to guide in subverting a democratic superpower from within, as could only be told through the personal account of someone who was on the front lines doing just that.”

Former Trump COVID Honcho Birx Admits to Deceiving the White House and Just Making Stuff up to Push Her Personal Agenda

Dr. Deborah Birx, who served as the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator under President Donald Trump, has admitted in a new book that she manipulated data and altered quietly altered Useless CDC guidance without authorization.

In “Silent Invasion,” she confesses she “devised” a “strategic sleight-of-hand” method of reporting she described as “subterfuge.”

“This wasn’t the only bit of subterfuge I had to engage in,” she writes.

Birx insisted, contrary to the White House and the CDC, that the asymptomatic spread of COVID-19 was significant.

She says that “eight months into the pandemic, many at both the White House and the Useless CDC still refused to see that silent spread played a prominent role in viral spread and that it started with social gatherings, especially among the younger adults.”

Birx opposed the advice of then-coronavirus adviser Dr. Scott Atlas to limit testing on the premise that asymptomatic transmission was minimal and not driving the pandemic.

She and then Useless CDC Director Robert Redfield “agreed to quietly rewrite the guidance and post it to the Useless CDC website.”

“We would not seek approval. Because we were both quite busy, it might take a week or two, but we were committed to subverting the dangerous message that limiting testing was the right thing to do,” she writes.

Birx recalls a phone call from White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows: “What the hell do you think you’re doing? You rewrote and posted the Useless CDC testing stuff,” said Meadows, according to Birx’ account.

“Yes, I did, but – ” Birx replied.

“There’s no ‘buts’ here. You went over my head,” Meadows said, according to Birx.

Dr. Deborah Birx admits she deceived Trump to push COVID measures

So just to recap, here we have Deborah Birx—the woman who did more than almost any other person in the United States to promote and prolong Covid lockdowns, silencing anyone who disagreed with her, to the incessant praise of mainstream media outlets—telling us she’d been inspired by all those images of Wuhan residents falling dead and constructing a hospital in 10 days, and still didn’t realize they were fake two years after they’d been proven fake.

And that’s just Chapter 1.

Deborah Birx’s Guide to Destroying A Country From Within

Birx proudly recalls using “flatten-the-curve guidance” to manipulate the President’s administration into consenting to lockdowns that were stricter than they realized.

“On Monday and Tuesday, while sorting through the CDC data issues, we worked simultaneously to develop the flatten-the-curve guidance I hoped to present to the vice president at week’s end. Getting buy-in on the simple mitigation measures every American could take was just the first step leading to longer and more aggressive interventions. We had to make these palatable to the administration by avoiding the obvious appearance of a full Italian lockdown. At the same time, we needed the measures to be effective at slowing the spread, which meant matching as closely as possible what Italy had done—a tall order. We were playing a game of chess in which the success of each move was predicated on the one before it.”

Birx doubles down, inadvertently admitting where that arbitrary number “ten” came from for her guidance as to the size of social gatherings, while admitting her real goal was “zero”—no social contact of any kind, anywhere.

I had settled on ten knowing that even that was too many, but I figured that ten would at least be palatable for most Americans—high enough to allow for most gatherings of immediate family but not enough for large dinner parties and, critically, large weddings, birthday parties, and other mass social events.… Similarly, if I pushed for zero (which was actually what I wanted and what was required), this would have been interpreted as a “lockdown”—the perception we were all working so hard to avoid.

Birx divulges her strategy of using federal advisories to give cover to state governors to impose mandates and restrictions.

“The White House would “encourage,” but the states could “recommend” or, if needed, “mandate.” In short, we were handing governors and their public health officials a template, a state-level permission slip they could use to enact a specific response that was appropriate for the people under their jurisdiction. The fact that the guidelines would be coming from a Republican White House gave political cover to any Republican governors skeptical of federal overreach”

Then, Birx recalls with delight as her strategy led the states to shut down one by one.

“[T]he recommendations served as the basis for governors to mandate the flattening-the-curve shutdowns. The White House had handed down guidance, and the governors took that ball and ran with it…With the White House’s “this is serious” message, governors now had “permission” to mount a proportionate response and, one by one, other states followed suit. California was first, doing so on March 18. New York followed on March 20. Illinois, which had declared its own state of emergency on March 9, issued shelter-in-place orders on March 21. Louisiana did so on the twenty-second. In relatively short order by the end of March and the first week of April, there were few holdouts. The circuit-breaking, flattening-the-curve shutdown had begun.”

In what may be the most damning quote of the entire US response to Covid, in one paragraph, Birx tells us that she’d always intended “two weeks to slow the spread” as a lie and immediately wanted those two weeks extended, despite having no data to show why that was necessary.

“No sooner had we convinced the Trump administration to implement our version of a two-week shutdown than I was trying to figure out how to extend it. Fifteen Days to Slow the Spread was a start, but I knew it would be just that. I didn’t have the numbers in front of me yet to make the case for extending it longer, but I had two weeks to get them. However hard it had been to get the fifteen-day shutdown approved, getting another one would be more difficult by many orders of magnitude.”

Birx frequently emphasizes her fixation with the concept of “asymptomatic spread.” In her mind, the less sick a person is, the more “insidious” they are:

“Asymptomatic, presymptomatic, and even mildly symptomatic spread are particularly insidious because, with these, many people don’t know they are infected. They may not take precautions or may not practice good hygiene, and they don’t isolate.”

In the days before Thanksgiving 2020, she had warned Americans to “assume you’re infected” and to restrict gatherings to “your immediate household.” Then she packed her bags and headed to Fenwick Island in Delaware where she met with four generations for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, as if she were free to make normal choices and live a normal life while everyone else had to shelter in place.

Dr. Birx Praises Herself While Revealing Ignorance, Treachery, and Deceit

Where did she come up with the idea of lockdowns? By her own report, her only real experience with infectious disease came from her work on AIDS, a very different disease from a respiratory virus that everyone would eventually get but which would only be fatal or even severe for a small cohort, a fact that was known since late January. Still, her experience counted for more than science.

“In any health crisis, it is crucial to work at the personal behavior level,” she says with the presumption that avoidance at all costs was the only goal. “With HIV/AIDS, this meant convincing asymptomatic people to get tested, to seek treatment if they were HIV-positive, and to take preventative measures, including wearing condoms; or to employ other pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) if they were negative.”

She immediately hops to the analogy with Covid. “I knew the government agencies would need to do the same thing to have a similar effect on the spread of this novel coronavirus. The most obvious parallel with the HIV/AIDS example was the message of wearing masks.”

Masks = condoms. Remarkable. This “obvious parallel” remark sums the whole depth of her thinking. Behavior is all that matters. Just stay apart. Cover your mouth. Don’t gather. Don’t travel. Close the schools. Close everything. Whatever happens, don’t get it. Nothing else matters. Keep your immune system as unexposed as possible.

Here is an example. There was a controversy about how many people should be allowed to gather in one space, as in home, church, store, stadium, or community center. She addresses how she came up with the rules:

“The real problem with this fifty-versus-ten distinction, for me, was that it revealed that the CDC simply didn’t believe to the degree that I did that SARS-CoV-2 was being spread through the air silently and undetected from symptomless individuals. The numbers really did matter. As the years since have confirmed, in times of active viral community spread, as many as fifty people gathered together indoors (unmasked at this point, of course) was way too high a number. It increased the chances of someone among that number being infected exponentially. I had settled on ten knowing that even that was too many, but I figured that ten would at least be palatable for most Americans—high enough to allow for most gatherings of immediate family but not enough for large dinner parties and, critically, large weddings, birthday parties, and other mass social events.”

She puts a fine point on it: “if I pushed for zero (which was actually what I wanted and what was required), this would have been interpreted as a ‘lockdown’—the perception we were all working so hard to avoid.”

Notice her above mention of her dogma that asymptomatic spread was the whole key to understanding pandemic. In other words, on her own and without any scientific support, she presumed that Covid was both extremely fatal and had a long latency period. To her way of thinking, this is why the usual tradeoff between severity and prevalence did not matter.

She was somehow certain that the longest estimates of latency were correct: 14 days. This is the reason for the “wait two weeks” obsession. She held onto this dogma throughout, almost like the fictional movie “Contagion” had been her only guide to understanding.

Birx admits that she was a major part of the reason, due to her sneaky alternation of weekly reports to the states.

“After the heavily edited documents were returned to me, I’d reinsert what they had objected to, but place it in those different locations. I’d also reorder and restructure the bullet points so the most salient—the points the administration objected to most—no longer fell at the start of the bullet points. I shared these strategies with the three members of the data team also writing these reports. Our Saturday and Sunday report-writing routine soon became: write, submit, revise, hide, resubmit.

Fortunately, this strategic sleight-of-hand worked. That they never seemed to catch this subterfuge left me to conclude that, either they read the finished reports too quickly or they neglected to do the word search that would have revealed the language to which they objected. In slipping these changes past the gatekeepers and continuing to inform the governors of the need for the big-three mitigations—masks, sentinel testing, and limits on indoor social gatherings—I felt confident I was giving the states permission to escalate public health mitigation with the fall and winter coming.

So there you have it. Deborah Birx was the witch behind the curtain that inspired and encouraged petty bureaucrats all over the nation to kill the greatest economic boon since Ronald Reagan while flooding the cable news world with crap that people still cling to today which she knew was false before she said it. Truth was the first casualty of the Covid era. We, on the Right were correct that this whole thing was BS.

Her justification was that she knew what was best for others. What an egotistical piece of human garbage. Folks this is the classic definition of tyranny, the “Big Lie”, or whatever name you wish to use.

Her actions cost lives and harmed millions of people.

She cost lives by attacking off the shelf stuff that worked effectively against Covid. She cost lives by keeping people from needed medical care because the healthcare community was all tied up in putting people on ventilators and killing people that could have recovered if she had told the truth. She harmed millions of elderly by keeping them from being visited by the ones that love them. She harmed million of young children that lost two years of school and will be hard-pressed to have normal lives due to the lack of social skills and life skills like reading, writing, and such. These and many others were also inflicted with mental health issues due to prolonged periods of isolation and separation. All this because she lied.

Folks we all saw this and could do little because her lies were “the science” and still are in much of the country. True science was relegated to accusations of fringe nutjobs and conspiracy theorists. Again anyone bringing forth any challenge to her orthodoxy was crucified on social media by her willing accomplices. She went scorched earth on everyone that dared to defy her. She destroyed anyone professionally and personally that got on her way. She silenced all but personal dissent in the United States.

Also this week, we learned that she even made a pact with people at the National Institute of Heath, Centers for Disease Control and other agencies that if their proclamations were ignored, they would quit en masse. Not that I care if they quit but the corollary to that is they purposed to stick together and parrot the leader. No wonder Fauci and company were changing their story every week or two.

Read the attached stuff that I linked.

Birx is the reason that children in southern California schools are about to start wearing masks again. She lied her ass off about risks and invented protocols to treat Covid out of the dark recesses of her mind soul.

As you read thru the articles, look out for a curious throwaway line by Mike Pence. Pence was in charge of the government response to Covid and Birx was on the panel too. Pence was asked where Birx came from and his response was the he “just inherited her”. Let that soak in for a moment; WFT? He just inherited her? That can only mean she was a relic left over from the Obama Administration. Everyone wrongly assumed she must be a MAGA person, but she clearly was not.

I could rant on but you get the point.

Oh, so how did this mistress of science get separated from her powerful government job?

She broke her own rules and for some reason, the media decided to crucify her for it. Had they really known what she was up to, they would have left her alone.

Her “tell all” book never mentions how she was forced to resign.

It goes something like this: after telling all of us not to gather for Thanksgiving but if we do keep it under ten people, she got together with four generations of her family to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday. The media went full bore after her. I’m sure they thought they were hitting Donald Trump with one last blow before Biden took office. Little did they know that they were doing the Lord’s work by taking her out.

Folks, please understand that I’m not denying that Covid exists and many people got it. Ok, hold that thought, Birx was also adamant that any story about people having comorbidities being at higher risk of dying from Covid be quashed. She knew it was true but she didn’t want that out in public. She wanted maximum panic. Ok, now where was I? Oh yeah, some people died of Covid but many could have been saved if real science was allowed to happen.

If you recall, when Sleepy Joe took office, one of his first acts was to kill any ability to get off the shelf cures and insure that the government not only denounce them but let it be known that if any doctor prescribed them, they risked loosing their medical license and could face charges for promoting non-government sanctioned cures. By the way, this is why there were more Covid deaths under Joe Biden–who also had the “vaccine”–than under Donald Trump who didn’t.

Lastly, Birx succeeded in something that all others failed to attain, she took-out Donald Trump singlehandedly. Covid was the one time Trump was boxed into a corner and needed to trust “the experts” and look what we got. So now that Birx gets that credit, we can also give her credit for all the unnecessary deaths of the Biden Administration. Let’s start with the Afghanistan Retreat and the Ukraine War. Neither would have happened under Trump.

Inflation isn’t Transitory this time

Folks/sheep you may be hearing the word transitory in regard to inflation, the White House started it, the media ran with it.  No one questions it because “hell far covid done did this.”  But they are ignoring the problem…. this inflation was not caused by one person or party, and contrary to the Fox News thumpers, the GOP has no answer.  This inflation was caused by about 16 years of economic and monetary policy failures.  From W. Bush to Obama, to Trump and now president Depends, we have had a 0-rate economic policy at the Fed.  This means banks could borrow the money for essentially no cost and could artificially keep borrowing costs low.  Meaning your credit card, mortgage and car loans were essentially free, speaking in terms of what rates used to look like.  To give you an idea, in 1986 my parents bought their first house, the interest rate was 9.5% and that was viewed as a screaming deal back then.

But now things are only temporary, just trust the media.

Get less for more

The reality is the zero-rate environment caused massive “Ponzi-like scheme” in many areas of our economy.  What happened is the Fed Reserve gave folks no reason to save or “have cash on your balance sheet.”  This went for both people and corporations.  Corporations borrowed money to buy competitors, buy back stock, or buy startups.  They also took on debt for reasons so they will not be viewed as an acquisition target.  CEOs did this because, well we need the stock price to go up, and everyone is doing it. 

For people, a low-rate environment caused a “keeping up with the Jones’” mentality on steroids.  You could no longer earn any return on savings so “liquidate it and toss it in the market!”  The sheep followed, because their friends were making a killing.  The market kept going up….so why the heck not?    Your 5K in the bank was earning $.03 a month in interest.  You didn’t need a new car…your spouse didn’t either, but very low financing!  You didn’t need that house, but again the payment works.  So now you have 2 car payments, and 2 mortgages on that house, because…. well, we needed a pool, hello!  To go with rising food, and gas prices.  Wages are only up for the people at the lowest rungs (minimum wage) and folks at the top, most of the middle has gotten little to nothing in the form of an increase in the last 3 years.  So, you are getting squeezed, credit card debt is piling on.  You would have ditched eating out, but you can’t cook.  As you have noticed, the food is no longer cheap, a burger (2 patties) x2 and a small fry at Five Guys set my office partner back almost 20 bucks.  By the way, no cheese or bacon, the toppings are unlimited and free.  Also, no soda.  $20.  At a place you drop the peanuts on the floor mind you.

Now the stock market is beginning to crater?  You don’t say?  Tesla, and other stocks selling for a million times their earnings.  No way? 

Remember when ice cream in the grocery store was really 1/2 gallon?

Sure, I have lost money in the stock market…I am no Warren Buffett.  I own zero crypto as that is a major Ponzi scheme…. think about it.  Bitcoin and the like are based on high inflation, debt, and stock markets tanking.  Why is bitcoin at a low as well?  Of course, you cannot answer, but buy more, you’ll retire at 40.

Yes, we are experiencing a massive correction.  It is long overdue.  We have been in a very long bull market for about a decade.  Stocks are at never-before-seen levels.  Rather than investing in companies who make money, we invest in crazy start-ups with virtually zero earnings to speak of.  We have credit card balances at record highs.  Your mortgage?  Well, you now need to re-finance at a higher rate.  You now realize you do not need the pool, yet you have 20 years on that second mortgage.  You hate your cars, but prices are at an all-time high, rates are also not zero.  Your fence fell over, and you have no savings because you put it all in the stock market.  There is no baby formula, and your wife isn’t working because you guys popped out another kid. 

Remember mean Tweets and low gas prices?

The above example is not as extreme as you think.  A survey by CNBC showed nearly 2/3 people live paycheck to paycheck.  Most bought more home than they needed and overreached on their cars.  Their credit is shot, and now the bank won’t be taking a minimum payment.  You need liquidity, and the market is falling, so you sell at a loss.  It’s going to get ugly folks and quickly.

The good news is for people like me and others, we get to pick the best choice cuts as the US gets butchered.  I have no car note and might be in the market for a Camaro or Corvette here soon.  I don’t need a bigger house, but since mine is about half paid for, I may look out of state (following a very smart person I know AKA Blog Father).  As far as stocks, I buy in each month, and have a mad money account for which to buy companies on sale (separate from my IRA btw). The companies I own make things, and make money, not a wild bet on a gas free future like Tesla.  I’ll be acquiring things while you hold a fire sale.  I love it.

“A piece of bread could buy a bag of gold”

I am most definitely not perfect, however the government dubbed me as essential, and I’m going to take advantage.  Hurry trade in that Toyota Camry for a Nissan Altima, 8-year car loan at 12% interest is a smooth move.

Chief

California’s Retribution on Solar Power

California is changing the bargain it made on solar power. Yep, if you want to be cynical, you might believe that the Public Utilities Commission has decided to hit Elon Musk in the pocketbook but they’re really coming for you Barbara.

Ok, so let’s get the chronology correct. California has shutdown every sort of electrical generating capability in the state except wind and solar.

  • Nuclear gone
  • Natural gas gone
  • Coal gone
  • Hydroelectric gone—at least until we either get much more rainfall or ration water to LA.

Meanwhile we have outlawed internal combustion engines, forcing everyone into battery powered cars while outlawing fire fighting pumps and electric generators. Genius move!

California has also mandated that all new construction beginning in 2024 must include solar power.

Now, like Nevada did a few years ago, California has significantly altered the bargain.

At a recent PUC meeting, a taxpayer dared to complain, “I thought we had a bargain.”

To which the PUC chair replied, “I am altering the deal. Pray I don’t alter it any further.”

PUC Chair with victimized citizen

So, what changed? California now has a new revenue stream. Remember that imaginary budget surplus Gavin says we have for the second year? Apparently, he doesn’t either.

Yep, gullible people that think they are saving the planet are about to learn that Communism and fixing imaginary global warming has a cost, one that you get to pay, not Mr. Musk.

Enter the California Public Utilities Commission which has apparently decided it’s time to alter the deal. This new plan called Net Metering 3.0 hasn’t been passed yet but is expected to be voted on next month. If it does pass, the state will start charging new solar installations a fee based on the size of their system. The fee is $8 per month for every kW of generating equipment you have installed on the roof. So if you have an 8kW system, you’ll owe SCE an additional $64 per month or over $700 per year. You don’t get anything for that money, it’s basically just a tax on everyone who installs solar equipment.

In addition, the new plan will reduce the amount the power company pays you for your excess energy from about 25 cents per kilowatt hour (still less than what the power company charges you for a kilowatt hour of power) down to about 6 cents per kWh. And that means there’s no way to break even on your bill anymore unless you also install an expensive battery system to save the excess energy for your own use. Of course the batter costs almost as much as the entire system.

California plans to kill the residential solar industry

The result of Net Metering 3.0 is likely going to be the end of the residential solar industry in California.

We told you several years ago (2016) on this blog that this day was coming. One example is the following: Myth of Solar Energy

If this article makes you angry, you ain’t seem nothin’ yet. Wait until they come after your electric vehicles, complete with the mileage tax; then everyone will get to pay.

The Supply Chain is a Crisis of our own Making

Unless you live under a rock, think Joe Biden is a good president, or are related to one of the Park Brothers, you likely have heard our supply chain is in dire straits.  Our Commander in Chief is obviously bothered as well.  I saw the Clinton News Network hosted a “Presidential town hall” with Biden last night to give him a chance to explain away all his failures. 

Joe Biden does CNN Townhall

Anderson Cooper was a great host as he cherry picked questions from 15 folks in the “audience chosen at random.”  Like any Biden Q and A session, the participants were carefully vetted and handed a softball question to ask.  Of the 15, 10 were registered Democrats, 3 were Republicans and 2 were Independent.  Definitely a hostile crowd for Ole Slow Joe.  This campaign event, I mean propaganda event, I mean town hall was based in Republican voter rich Baltimore.  Biden basically said he had no answers for the fuel crisis. But he was considering calling up the National Guard for the shipping crisis.  And…. Yeah, thank god my hour on the treadmill at the gym was done, because that was torture to watch.  Shame on CNN for airing that, and shame on us for electing this fellow to be President.

Anderson Coper asks hard hitting questions

I will sum up clearly and succinctly what the supply chain issues are really about.  They are not just the doing of Joe Biden’s failed presidency; this has been going on since Bill Clinton.  Believe it or not, NAFTA aka the North American Free Trade Agreement was a major catalyst.  The goal of NAFTA was to create a free trade zone, free of tariffs, to allow a flow of goods and services across borders.  In theory this is a good idea, it tears down borders and disputes and creates “friendly neighbors.”  However, NAFTA has evolved and not in a good way.

NAFTA in the last 15 years has become a catalyst for corporations to reduce expenses and outsource jobs.  One of the most argued points cited by myself and others are “we used to build things in the USA, now we no longer do.”

The reasoning here is we used to have factories to assemble the parts imported from Mexico, but with increased expenses here domestically, we now build it in Mexico.  Furthermore, Mexico sends it here and we “finish it,” in essence we put the stickers and decals on it, and a few other accents and can still call it “made in the USA.”  In many ways this was palpable because expenses were cut, and our producing workforce could transition to a “paper pushing” workforce.  Workers were mostly happy, shareholders were trilled, and executives bonused out at year end.   Win.  Win.  Win.  Right?

Incorrect.  As time went on, more and more jobs were sent to Mexico, and Mexico has become a developed country.  I say that in a sense that the workers there now want more money and benefits.  As a result, the job merry go round has started again.  Jobs from Mexico have migrated to China, and neighboring countries.  Many of which employ slave labor, child labor, prison labor or just flat-out deplorable conditions.  But that’s ok, because you need your new TV, iPhone etc. and you ain’t paying full price.  So, you ignore that part of the supply chain.

Enter the virus.

I’m leaving the political BS out of this blog in regard to the Corona Virus.  We locked down in the USA, and other countries followed suit.  It was supposed to be 14 days, which has turned into almost 2 years.  The vaccine was the end all, cure all…. not so much.  It didn’t affect the US that much because other countries produce most of what we consume.  But over time, the virus spread to countries we import products from, and this has exasperated the issue.  Most recently Vietnam has locked down its factories; don’t believe me look it up yourself, most of our clothing is made in Vietnam.  With those countries locked down, we get no additional clothing sent here.  Contrary to the belief of some, we here in the US are not able to build a factory to make said clothing here. 

Furthering my point, the lockdowns here taught us one thing, the workers have the upper hand.  Currently and recently, we have seen striking workers for; Nabisco, Frito-Lay, Deere, Kellogg and parts of the healthcare sector.  These workers were ordered to work during the pandemic, most given mandatory overtime and restrictions on time off requests.  At year’s end they were given a small bonus of a few hundred, maybe a thousand if they were lucky.  Management got far bigger bonuses and shareholders got even richer, keep in mind the former stayed at home during the pandemic because it was safer for them and their workers.  We are now seeing a revival of unions, don’t believe me, but look around.

The problems at the port are another issue.  However, we are focused on the cranes and the operators, what we need are semi-trucks and trailers to move those containers once off loaded.  We don’t have those, so the containers are stacked on shore.  Running the port 24/7 as senile Joe suggests isn’t the problem.  Corporations for years have mistreated the drivers of said trucks, so now we are unable to find workers to do that.  Most corporations, especially Target made the drivers contractors, and required them to bid on a route, and pay for the gas, lease payment, insurance et. Al. This resulted in truck drivers making close to zero when expenses were paid.  Don’t believe me, look it up.  Again, Target is one of the worst offenders here, but that’s ok, because they told Biden they want to help.

Editor’s Note: The Federal government and California in particular has also punished truck drivers in a number of ways including limiting the number of hours per day that they can drive and outlawing independent operators via AB-5, diesel engine regulations, and other restrictions.

The long blog short here is the workers in factories are burned out, and years of consolidation are partly to blame.  Look at Campbell Soups, they used to have a plant in California, but due to costs they shut it down, production moved to Texas.  This is a no-brainer, until Texas is snowed out.  Pretty hard to get soup from Troy, Ohio to California.  In addition, try building a plant in the USA to make something, forget for a minute the ungodly amounts of red tape (unless you want to build a basketball arena downtown, somehow the red tape vanishes for that) you also have to build it, hire, train workers, and have production lines set-up and built.  This is not easy, and it’s a tough sell to shareholders who expect you to beat last quarter’s earnings and lower your expenses.  American workers get breaks, lunch, benefits, and extra time, these are federal and state laws.

While Senile Joe may have won the day yesterday, he has lost long term.  The issues of years of outsourcing and production cuts, met with lockdowns have created a toxic cocktail.  Sadly, for people like Jorge Riley, this isn’t a cocktail that you want to drink.  The problem is going to get worse.  Here are a few examples of just what we are facing here.

I bought a jacket on sale $22 marked down from $44, I ordered the wrong size, I shipped back for a return.  The company I purchased from said due to supply chain issues I could not exchange unless I paid the difference.  Another package I ordered sat in a FedEx office for 7 days in Sacramento prior to making the trip to the world headquarters of reallyright.com.  Keep in mind we live about 15 miles from Sacramento.

The Chief

Editor’s Note: Our family has been buying gift baskets from a company that ships from Oregon to California. Every order that we have placed in the last year starts with an estimated delivery date of about a week but in reality, it takes 6 to 8 weeks before it actually ships to our Sacramento suburb. Ditto for our new Samsung phone order. Delivery keeps getting delayed.

First Date Follies

Like the title says I went on what has to be the craziest first date I’ve been on in a long while.  Not anything she wore, did, or ate/drank made it strange.  What was wild was the look into her lifestyle and her definition of the word “busy.” 

First some backstory. We had been texting for a few weeks and we had been in the “lets pick a date” stage for about 10 days.  She was the busy one, I can respect that as my “busy” evolves from work, and extra-curricular events, such as church and gym.  I figured she had legit reasons, so I let it go.  D-Day finally came, I showed up early, as did she.  Things got off to a good start but then things went awry.  I inquired as to her work, and she obliged.  She was a young professional working for the county; however, this is where things got odd.  She was describing her job as a typical 8-5 desk job, while she was explaining her work, I noticed she appeared to be wearing some kind of war paint, as she had brown smears on her cheeks. Turns out after she realized her makeup malfunction that she excused herself to use the lady’s room. She did properly “put on her face” and then returned to our table.  I guess no harm no foul. First dates can be hectic, and most guys have it pretty easy in this regard, as most of us don’t spend much time on getting ready.  After she returned, we tried finding common ground but very little was found.

The Fonz

Then things took a turn for the bizarre in my opinion.  I asked her what she liked doing for fun, and she replied, “she is always very busy.” When I asked about hobbies, I got the same response.  Ditto for places she wants to go, and things she wants to do.  That being said, I basically asked what goes on in your life outside of your 8-5?  Keep in mind I already had mentioned all my goings on.  She went on to mention she watches the SF Giants baseball team religiously, never misses a pitch.  Also watches; The Voice, America’s Got Talent, The Bachelor/Bachelorette, America’s Next Top Model, Shark Tank, Top Chef, and to be honest I quit paying attention after that.  This girl isn’t busy with life, she is busy with fantasy land TV shows.  Just by my count, Giants games are roughly 3 hours, and the other plethora of shows are about an hour long each.  While I will readily admit I doubt all these shows run on same days/seasons we can all agree that’s a lot of T.V.  The night continued and after dinner she offered to pay, she actually insisted going as far as grabbing the bill.  Her card was returned/declined/rejected twice.  I picked up the tab.

The night ended with her driving me back to my car. I was parked about 3 blocks away.  Her car was messy and trashed.  I wished her good night and we exchanged “we both had a great time.”  She texted the following day how much fun she had, but I could not let this go any farther.

To wrap this up, here is my reasoning and why I call it a bad first date.  First, I don’t let the makeup thing become a deal breaker, I believe she was rushed; however, I think it was her “prep time” interfered with “show watching time.”  The idea of all these TV shows paints a bad picture.  It paints a picture of her being glued to the couch whilst watching one show after another.  Embracing fantasy land as opposed to real world things.  None of the shows she watched except maybe the ball game are even based on the real world.  The cards being declined is a peek into the way she manages her life, no regard for money, buy now pay later.  The car being trashed is just icing on the proverbial cake, she lives on an “I’ll get around to it basis.”  If the car is trashed what does the apartment look like?  Nice girl, but she comes off as a 24-year-old recent college grad as opposed to a working professional.  The TV is always on, and personal finance and hygiene take a back seat.  I wish her the best, but this was doomed to fail badly.

When looking for a match, having very little in common isn’t a deal breaker, but the “busy” in her life were things she has chosen to be busy with.  I cannot fathom sitting in front of a TV with a messy car, and my financial house not in order while watching shows that are of little significance to my life.  Not to mention the “after shows” that usually take place following.

Johnnie Does

Gina Raimondo: What Pure evil Looks Like

I get it; you’re collectively saying “who?”  Raimondo is the former governor of tiny little Rhode Island who “failed upwards” by being anointed Commerce Secretary by the current Democrat Party.  I won’t say Joe Biden because we all know he “aint callin’ the shots.”  Raimondo who is famous for shutting her state down during Covid, might just be what pure evil is. Like all other Democrat governors and weak-kneed Republican ones, under the fake guise of Covid being the plague, she actually stopped commerce.  I guess she deserved promotion?

Raimondo was approved by the Senate and most recently made headlines again for wanting to use the Defense Production Act (DPA) to produce more “electronic chips” like the ones in computers, and most new cars. 

“The Biden administration is considering invoking a Cold War-era national security law to force companies in the semiconductor supply chain to provide information on inventory and sales of chips, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said Thursday.

The goal is to alleviate bottlenecks that have idled U.S. car production and caused shortages of consumer electronics and to identify possible hoarding, she said in an interview.

Her team for months has sought clarity into how companies allocate their semiconductor supply. But previous meetings that convened firms from different industrial sectors haven’t led to increased transparency and many companies have refused to hand over business data to the government.

The Commerce Department is now asking companies to fill out questionnaires within 45 days providing supply chain information. The request is voluntary but Raimondo said she warned industry representatives that she might invoke the Defense Production Act or other tools to force their hands if they don’t respond.

“What I told them is, ‘I don’t want to have to do anything compulsory but if they don’t comply, then they’ll leave me no choice,’” she said. “I said today we’re evaluating all of our options right now, all the tools. I hope not to go there but we need to see some progress and we definitely need compliance.”

White House Weighs Invoking Defense Law to Get Chip Data

I will go ahead and say it.  What an evil b***h this women is.  Hand over your data to the government?  Fill out questionnaires?  What the heck is this?  Compliance of what?  Just remember folks she is from the government, and she is here to help!  Big shout out to the “never Trumpers” I say to them I hope they reap what they sow.  Things may be bad but at least the Orange Man isn’t tweeting mean things!

If you are wondering, the DPA is a large government order that essentially requires business to adapt and do anything possible to ramp up production of needed materials for national defense.  The DPA has been around for since 9/8/1950 around the Korean War I believe.  Trump used this during early Covid stages essentially forcing Ford/GM and others to make ventilators since, well every American would be on one…. because Covid.

Now apparently computer chips are a vital national security thing, I guess we need to make sure junior has a faster laptop to play Grand Theft Auto, or my new F-150 super duty can be finally put together.  Since you know those are real priorities right now. 

My biggest gripes are this.  Benevolent Queen Raimondo shut her state down, and kept it shut, not following science, she was following Fauci.  Now she wants entire industries to not only work but work harder.  Yeah, did you know any person ignoring her decree about DPA is subject to a felony and a $10,000 fine?  All while government workers, most corporation’s office staffs, long term unemployed, and executives stay at home, because errrrr Covid.  Yeah.  Makes no sense to me.  Push paper?  Well, you can do that at home.  Work in a factory?  Get your butt to work and prepare for 60-hour work weeks!  No time off, no vacation.  This is a decree from your benevolent queen.

Sadly, idiots like Raimondo honestly think this decree will help.  The worst part is, more and more workers will simply walk off the job, it simply isn’t fair to them to sacrifice while others stay at home.  We have seen it play out at Frito Lay and Oreo plants across the country, with workers walking off the job due to conditions and poor work life balance.  Sadly, Raimondo and the Democrats will never understand this.  Maybe that is why the jobs report wasn’t that great the other day?

Hopefully I can get a chip from China for my new laptop or my new truck soon!

The Chief

(Editor’s Note: President Trump was accused of xenophobia and hating minorities when he expressed concerns about microchip production being vital to our economy and saying that it should be in the US and not overseas. Raimondo invoking DPA is another case of symbolism over substance. She is grandstanding on an issue which she has no control over. )

Government Stats Show College is a Waste

Folks we all know that America’s citizens are honest, hard-working folks; just ask any politician. Conversely, we all know that our leaders would sell-out their dear old granny for another term in office. Stuck in the middle are America’s families.

Families are faced with the question of where to send their child/children to college. I know this process can be a daunting task. My son is looking at a college with an annual tuition of $50K plus room and board. Given the high cost of college, perhaps you should rethink college.

Why, you may ask? We have solid proof that college is a waste of money.

How? We have data from people without four-year degrees self-reporting their 2019 earnings to the government. If widely circulated, the data we are about to present would shatter the myth that college is the path to wealth.  The data that we are about to present is not manipulated by government bureaucrats or defenders of college. Why encumber yourself with debt when you can earn the wages that we are about to present for more menial jobs?

What you are about to read is data that was randomly collected during a one-week period processing unemployment claims at California’s Employment Development Department. You may ask how I know this stuff is true and all I can tell you is that the following wage information was visually verified by our blog’s staff.

Occupation SalaryState
Beauty Operator Apprentice $            65,000New Mexico
Beautician $            80,000Montana
Bone Cooking Operator $            70,000North Carolina
Barber $            70,000Georgia
Photographer’s Model $            80,000New York
Contractor $            75,000Pennsylvania
Hairdresser $            75,000Indiana
Beautician $            68,000Nevada
Abstract Manager $            83,000Texas
Assistant Manager $            95,000New Hampshire
Retail Area Supervisor $            96,250Illinois
Maid $         950,000Arkansas
Photographer’s Model $            78,000Virginia
Retail Area Supervisor $            82,000Texas
Security Guard $            60,000Texas
Retail Area Supervisor $            50,000Michigan
Cashier $            56,500Illinois
Beautician $            82,850Texas
Chef $            72,000North Carolina
Delivery Driver/Warehouse $            90,000Arizona
Cashier $            80,000Arizona
Cashier $            56,500Illinois
Abstract Manager $         120,000Utah
Manager-Fast Food $                  900Missouri
Apron Cleaner $            65,000Florida
ASC Certified Auto Tech $            33,034California
Invoicing Clerk-warehouse $            78,855California
Business Office Cashier $         120,000California
Gardener $            79,000California
Banker $         120,000Texas
Account Information Clerk $         125,000North Carolina
General Maintenance/Janitor $         150,000Minnesota
Abstract Manager $         300,000Florida

There it is unequivocal proof that you don’t need college.

Analysis

Gospel truth, the highest paid person in our list was a maid who made $950,000. I guess that she learned from Al Capone that if you report illicit income, they can’t send you to prison for tax evasion.

The Beauty Operator Apprentice was one that I didn’t recognize. I had to ask the wife. Her understanding of the job is that this babe is the one sweeping up the hair clippings after you get a haircut. I never knew people pushing a broom were paid $65,000.

I tried searching for Abstract Manager on the Internet but came up with nothing that made sense. Given the wage scale, you’d think they were government employees, but we all know that government never lays off anyone. With a pay range of $83K to $300K, it must be a good gig.

The last job that needs special remarks is the General Maintenance/Janitor gig. Please note the wage of $150K. Folks this person claims to have earned this wage in Nevada County California. Per Nevada County statistics, the per capita income for this county in 2018 was just over $37K.

Hopefully by now, you are suspecting that I have withheld some information. If you think this is the case, then you are correct. Remember that I said that these wages were self-reported. This is true but I didn’t say why and therein is the rub. These wages were reported by people applying for California unemployment. The State category in my list is the state the person lives in now. Oh, none of these folks had any reported income on record with the State of California.

Who said crime doesn’t pay? These folks are doing all right or so they would have you believe.

Final thought, I hope this small widow into the fraud making its way thru EDD would be of interest to our readers.

Massive Food Inflation/Shortages Coming

We here at the blog have warned you; lockdowns, extra $300 a week benefits, vax vs anti-vax, and general fear would eventually lead to issues in the overall economy.  You likely thought we were tin foil hat wearing wackos.  Well, include Sysco as a wacko as well, or maybe they are credible?

Sysco is the largest food distributor in North America. You may recognize their trucks delivering to restaurants.  Sysco provides food supplies to restaurants, jails, schools, and most concert venues or event halls.  Chances are if you go out or “grab a bite” somewhere you likely are eating something from a Sysco truck.  Well Sysco reported earnings earlier this week and, on the call, gave these dire warnings and I quote.

Sysco, North America’s largest wholesale food distributor, which is turning away customers in some areas where demand is exceeding capacity.

U.S. Food Suppliers Are Having Trouble Keeping Shelves Stocked

“There are certain areas across the country that are more challenged by the labor shortage and our volume of orders is regularly exceeding our capacity,” Sysco Chief Executive Officer Kevin Hourican said in a letter to clients earlier this month. “This has, unfortunately, led to service disruptions for some of our customers.”

Hourican’s troubling observations were confirmed by an analysis from DecaData, which tracks retailer transactions with shoppers and manufacturers; it showed that retailers are bumping up against manufacturer capacity as they stockpile ahead of the holiday season. In July, the incidence of suppliers limiting or putting a cap on orders from customers was more than double what it was in January, its data show.

Largest US Food Distributor Having Trouble Keeping Shelves Stocked; Price Shock Imminent

I know what you are thinking, its one supplier, crying wolf, well united Natural Foods is another large distributor, here is what they said.

Another major distributor, United Natural Foods is having trouble getting food to stores on time. The company blamed not just labor shortages, but also delays in the procurement of some imported goods like cheese, coconut water and spices, as causing the problems.

“We anticipate additional supplier challenges in the short term with gradual improvement through the fall and winter,” a United Natural Foods representative said. The company’s top priority is to support customers “by working diligently to recover and bring their shelves back to normal inventory levels as quickly as possible.”

U.S. Food Suppliers Are Having Trouble Keeping Shelves Stocked

Look at how desperate these corporations are to hire workers.

U.S. companies across industries are reporting a dearth of workers amid sweetened unemployment benefits, stimulus payments and a pandemic that has reduced the appeal of in-person employment. Houston-based Sysco is aggressively hiring warehouse workers and truck drivers and offering referral and sign-on bonuses along with retention money for current staff.

The entire food sector is seeing “massive labor shortages,” Benjamin Walker, senior vice president of sales, marketing and merchandising at Baldor Specialty Foods told Bloomberg. “Service levels are the lowest I’ve seen in my 16-year career, and it doesn’t seem like it’s going away anytime soon.” Finding truck drivers is “next to impossible,” he said, while freight costs are rising daily. The company’s orders are arriving late and consequently facing delays in being sent to customers. On the outbound side, on-time deliveries are still above 50% but have fallen from the usual rate of more than 90%.

“We all thought it would be over by now. It’s just one thing after another,” he said.

“This is going to be the norm for a while.”

Folks get ready. In addition to menu shortages, inflation is coming to restaurants in a very big way soon. For the elite, that means they may not have a steak on the menu, for the serfs, the chicken dish you ordered; they may be out of it.  The price increases hit the corporations first as they have to buy from distributors, but they are coming to a grocer near you, mark my words.  You can already see it in the “ads” each week, you may notice sales prices don’t seem as great anymore.  You may have also heard about water and toilet paper shortages or quotas placed on how many you can buy.  This is not a test or a joke people, we are facing inflation like never before seen in a millennial’s lifetime.  A burger (2 patties) no cheese, or bacon at Five Guys runs almost $10, that does not include fries and a coke.  That price would be laughable a year or two ago, it could be a sale price in another year.

Truth be told, the labor shortage is due to a variety of things, yes, the $300 a week is a thing still and will continue to be.  Also, most truckers have worked non-stop with mandatory overtime since this started, they are burned out, and want/need a family life balance.  As far as the slaughterhouses/production lines for veggies etc., those workers feel the same way, and frankly the wages are not typically conducive to long term employment at one place.

In addition, the shortage of labor has been brewing for years, and our education system is to blame.  I will expand on this in another blog but for years of my childhood anything other than a management desk job with stock options and 10% annual salary increases was a loser job.  Actually 2 former teachers of mine impressed that on me; work at a grocery store…loser, construction…loser, truck driver…loser.  Well, we know are desperate for these positions so much so hiring bonuses are being dangled, they still cannot hire folks.  The reason is truck driving is a skill you need a separate license for, your regular Class C license isn’t what you need.  Getting a class A license takes time, and a behind the wheel test, and lots of training; the acquisition cost to a company is very high.  This is not going to be a short-term fix.

A corporation as big as Sysco unable to deliver foods to some customers; and in some area’s not taking new customers at all.  A recipe for massive disaster.  Again, I’m not citing high prices yet, its scarce availability. 

The Chief

Why is Food so Expensive?

Well, that is not an easy question, and I certainly won’t have the answer after these messages from our advertisers.  The answer also certainly isn’t in that click bait article you found on Yahoo News.  Additionally, it won’t be on your cable debate show were a left and right pundit lock horns for a segment and both declare victory afterwards.  The answer is easy to see, but hard to explain.

We are suffering in the overall economy; you just cannot see it yet.

Sign at Elk Grove Chili’s

First of all, we have to go back to the “essential workers only economy” this started the issue.  If you were really an essential worker; food operations, manufacturing, grocery etc. type jobs you were required to come to work, no days off and usually mandatory overtime.  Ask any grocery store worker, or someone at a slaughterhouse, or who makes toilet paper/Clorox wipes.  These folks are burned out after doing that for a year, and rightfully so.  They need a break; some in these fields are even quitting their jobs or leaving their fields all together.  So, you have a slight shortage as folks are tired, I can’t blame them. 

Next you have the supply/demand issue. As you may have forgotten, we closed down dine in, this essentially shut down food suppliers; think USFoods, Sysco and Restaurant Supply Co.  Contrary to public belief, manufacturing lines/plants aren’t convertible, meaning you can’t change the toilet paper from commercial grade 1-ply to household based 2-ply by flipping a switch.  Food service works the same way. The companies named earlier specialize in selling cases of food product to parks, restaurants, correction facilities and institutions, not a grocery store.  While most still would argue corporations are large enough, a company like Kraft can innovate on the fly, they can’t.  As a result, you had a supply chain meltdown, which is continuing to this day, as you can see with food prices. I will touch on that later.

The employment shortage is a massive issue right now.  Yes, it is 2 pronged; first of all, you have the aforementioned overworked employees.  Additionally, you have the workers who were laid off and collected the Trump/Biden extra money on top of unemployment.  You may notice I blame Trump. Yes, he signed it into law. I also believe he was given awful advice by his aides.  Either way, those folks are slowly coming back to work, but most are holding out since, well… its free extra money and the American Dream—according to the Democrats—is living at home and being paid not to work.  This creates a far bigger problem than any other factor so far mentioned in this blog post.

The issue at hand is that experienced workers are not reporting back. You may not believe it, but a waiter doesn’t get their start at The Capital Grill Steakhouse, they get it at a local diner or short order chain restaurant.  As a result, the top tier chains are having an impossible time finding help, leading to bigger issues down line.  Just today I went to Chili’s. The place was 100% open, but the staff was non-existent, the bartender was also waiting all tables in the bar area, as well as cleaning!  The lack of experience showed, but I cannot blame her, she doesn’t have help.  I saw other folks giving her an earful, several of which were old enough to know better.  The place had at least 3 signs that I counted, they are desperate for workers.

Which brings me full circle.  The businesses now have to pay very high starting wages to low skilled workers.  I saw a McDonalds speaker box advertising $17.50 an hour starting pay.  A McDonalds, in a city of 175,000.  That is likely the person working the till, what do you pay the line cook?  Fry cook?  Assistant manager and Manager?  Are we going to see $85K a year managing a McDonalds in the suburbs?  In reality, the wages are necessary as one must coax the folks at home on the sofa watching daytime TV to get back to work.  Which means you must beat Uncle Sam’s $300 a week kicker to your paycheck.  As a result of this, you see price increases that are only going to get worse.  You see, most businesses hedge on food expenses meaning they lock into a long-term deal, at a fixed price.  Well, “Force Majeure” is a fancy term for an event outside of your control that allows you to cancel a contract and get out of it.  Due to Covid, suppliers invoked this contract clause. You didn’t really feel it at first since it was only grocery stores loading up on food.  Now we see businesses re-opening trying to load up on goods as well.  We haven’t even really seen the return of concerts, weddings or the like yet.  These put upward pressure on food.  A lack of workers puts upward pressure on wages, which increases food costs. 

Think of it this way, Slaughterhouse USA can process 10,000 burgers in a day.  That is not problem when they are selling to grocery clients, and a few restaurants doing mostly take out.  When demand picks up, they can still only produce 10,000 patties, so now the grocer, the takeout business which is ramping up, the fine dining business, and others are bidding for the 10,000 patties.  But my slaughterhouse is short workers who want to vacation/quit/breaks, so now I’m under pressure to produce 10,000 patties a day.  A tall order when there are only about 4 producers of beef in the economy, this was due to merger and acquisition activity.  Now due to a supply, demand, and labor shortage, price inflation is nuts.  Don’t believe me, a friend who is a big shot at a food supply company told me he can’t believe what he is seeing, and says it’s going to get worse.  Consider this a lesson as to why the 90-day calendar does not allow for any deviation from the mean from business.  We saw this coming, and couldn’t keep up, as a result we will pay the price.

The first solution is re-open fully, the second is eliminate the extra unemployment kicker, then we must normalize the labor market and try to get the supply chain under control.  That will be a tall order for President Depends, Joe Biden.  Biden seems more enthralled with going door to door and finding out whether folks have gotten the vaccine than doing anything to help the country.

Joe Biden checking vaccine status in middle America

Enjoy your $20 fish and chips, with no drink mind you… Seriously check out the menu at Mimi’s Café.

The Chief

Editor’s Note: Mimi’s official online menu does not have any prices on it or I would have posted the link. In my experience, when a menu has no prices and you have to ask, you better go somewhere else that you can afford.