There is a virtual full parking lot of boats outside the L A Harbor beyond the breakwater barrier. Some anchored out there for about a month or more waiting for a docking space to unload their foreign made goods. All cargo ships wanting to dock and unload its full containers filled with Asian made widget and whatsit cargo made by conscripted Chinese workers making pennies on the dollar as compared to living wages of American workers. Cargo coming from several western Pacific Asian countries. So many containers and not enough docking space to unload them.
Well then, let’s turn our attention towards Amazon. Maybe Wal-mart as well. Best Buy might be a reason for this crowded deep sea parking lot. Port authorities also say not enough trucks and truck drivers going in and out of the harbor to huge warehouses inland. Then President Biden suggested the harbors should be operated 24/7. Some are already. Then all of this agitated by the electronic and print media saying Christmas will be delayed. Oh my goodness! Well, perhaps we have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas. You know what I mean?
Never the less, here is my take on this floating waiting game. It’s simple. Too many cheap goods needlessly coming from China to America. Goods that will eventually and perhaps quickly end up in a landfill. My opinion is we should be more worried about filling the landfill than how quick boats could be unloaded at dockside. Fifty years ago how did we ever get along without all this needless electronic/mechanical STUFF? Well, it’s today’s “Gotta have it” manufacturing and marketing get-it-now blather. The latest and greatest STUFF. Some of this STUFF that use to be manufactured here in America but congress and corporations sent most of it offshore for large corporations to make even bigger bucks. Trading quality for quantity. Had the manufacturing stayed in America certainly costs would have gone up. But all the while supporting good jobs and the middle class as a result. This is one reason many low wage American earners hate government and its big business enabling sugar daddies. Corporate Sugar daddies paying very little or no taxes. Taxes sorely needed to support our vital infrastructure. So we rush off to the big box stores hitting every unfilled pothole therefore ruining our cars and trucks tires and undercarriage. Or going online to order cheap goods only to see our identity stolen and personal info compromised. Black Friday, Amazon Plus, Wal-mart free delivery, etc. Surely we can get along without all this pre-Xmas anxiety. Let the boats stay out on the open seas until they all sink. Who cares? Get rid of the gaming videos devices and send the kids outside into the fresh air. Just buy a box of See’s Candy instead. What more could we all want?