Most of us have seen the shortages on the shelves at grocery stores, empty spaces, front facing products with nothing behind them, whole sections just gone as is the variety and selections we once enjoyed.
We have also seen the incredibly high prices for certain foods, or "shrinkflation" where the cans or boxes are smaller, less product, yet the prices are the same or higher than they were just one year ago.
The food at home index rose 5.4 percent over the past 12 months as all of the six major grocery store food group indexes increased over the period. The index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs increased 11.9 percent, with the index for beef rising 20.1 percent and the index for pork rising 14.1 percent, its largest 12-month increase since the period ending December 1990. The other major grocery store food group indexes also increased over the last 12 months with increases ranging from 1.8 percent (dairy and related products) to 4.5 percent (nonalcoholic beverages).
The Biden regime publicly claims the inflation isn't as bad as consumers think, despite the fact that it is consumers that are seeing the jacked up prices, or limitations of selections, and empty shelves.
Unfortunately for the regime and for the media, these days Americans do not have to rely and believe them when they say "what you see, isn't really happening," because the information and data is out there, online, to either find or be reported by those of us that aren't interested in protecting the current regime from the consequences of their own actions.
The point here is the massive inflation and shortages are real.... and about to get much worse.
WITHOUT TRUCKERS THE ENTIRE CHAIN CRUMBLES
Truckers are responsible for the delivery of roughly ten billion tons of commodities used in the United States, and there is already a massive shortage, with some saying they need another 80,000 drivers.
The numbers below were produced by trucking organizations years ago, before the current issues facing the industry that have stemmed from the pandemic lockdowns.
Manufacturing slows down, due to lack of supplies delivered on time.
Within 72 hours
Gas supplies start to dwindle low within a few days, and prices would soar.
Food supplies in grocery stores are depleted, causing the prices to skyrocket. Consumers start to panic and hoard food.
Garbage starts to pile up to building-size, creating severe environmental and health consequences.
Banks and ATMs would run out of resources, creating a panic due to lack of access to cash.
Within 1 week
Sources of clean water will start to run low. Perishable food supplies almost depleted at food stores.
Without new fuel supply, automobiles are no longer able to travel.
Public safety threatened as police and fire departments unable to function properly.
Hospitals lack basic supplies including oxygen.
Within 3-4 weeks
Clean water supply dwindles completely. The only water safe for consumption is boiled water. Lack of clean water will lead to increased illnesses and public health risks.
Manufacturing comes to a standstill with lack of components, leaving thousands of people unemployed.
Air, rail, and maritime transportation will come to a halt due to lack of supplies for operation.
Country moves closer toward economic collapse due to shock in the system.
Health and public safety threatened as hospitals and law enforcement cannot function.
Environmental catastrophe will be imminent as trash and hazardous materials pile up.
The nation stops without them.
Jump forward to the issues of today, the pandemic lockdowns, the supply chain crash that occurred because of the lockdowns, have all played a part in the shortages and prices hikes being seen today, but according to Chris Spear, president and CEO of the American Trucking Association, things are about to get far worse, especially if Biden's vaccine mandates are allowed to go forward, or if employers decide to mandate vaccines themselves.
During a House Transportation Committee hearing on supply chain issues, CEO Chris Spear shares an internal survey showing that 37% of truck drivers “not only said no, but said hell no” to the Biden vaccine mandates.
To give some perspective of the downstream consequence, the ATA President noted that “if just 3.7 percent, not 37 percent, just 3.7 percent” of the drivers left the industry, there would be over a quarter million vacancies resulting in a “catastrophic” collapse of the U.S. supply chain. Mr. Spear also shared his opinion the OSHA rule is completely unworkable and unlawful.
So, if losing 10 times less truckers than the 37% that said "hell no," would be catastrophic to the supply chain and Americans collectively, then we are talking about a situation that is "beyond catastrophic."
If we even cut that number in half, under the assumption that half of those that said "hell no" would allow themselves to be forced to comply, which is in no way guaranteed or likely, that would still leave us in circumstances that are "beyond catastrophic."
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Even knowing all of this, the Biden regime is still appealing court decisions that are blocking Biden from enforcing his mandates.
FOOD SHORTAGES/PRICE HIKES ARE GETTING WORSE DAILY
We have seen the reports and images of U.S. (and the U.K.) grocery stores using cardboard cutouts to hide the empty shelving, and on November 16, 2021, Inside Edition finally addressed the new trickery.
Notice that while finally addressing the severity of the issue, the claim in the Inside Edition video above is that the stores are doing this as to not "panic" consumers and cause runs on the stores with panic shopping, which would lead to more shortages and limitation on products sold.
The problem with that thinking is; 1) They are acting like Americans are children, and; 2) If they would stop treating the populace like children and report on the supply chain issues, honestly, from the start, those "panic" shoppers would have had time to gradually prepare for what is coming, and there would many less panic shoppers, therefore less runs on stores.
No one wants to see people panic, but if people are not informed truthfully about what is happening to the supply chain, specifically in regards to food shortages and price hikes, they have no time to prepare and are left to fight other last minute shoppers to feed their families.
This isn't rocket science.
If we take note of the shortages and price hikes already being seen, and then add in more than a third of truckers refusing the vaccine, which will cause an even higher amount than the 80,000 shortage of truckers, and we see the undeniable and chilling truth:
What is coming, especially if Joe Biden has his way, is "beyond catastrophic."
Preppers prepare: For those that have been prepping for years, top off supplies, restock what you have already used, and prepare for a longer haul that originally thought.
While individual survival food companies may be "out of stock" on many, Amazon sellers seem to have some supply left, but there is no guarantee how long that will last as the supply chain continues to crumble, so below are some items that are still available...for now, and with reasonable delivery dates.
Note- I have avoided listing fresh meats individually because the prices seem to be more in line with what is at the grocery store, meaning massively high, but for those that do want to see what is available in case of shortages of the product at your local stores, here is the search link for fresh meats (for some reason the search brings up fresh and canned).
There are a number of Christmas-related products we are seeing shortage reports of as well, but I refuse to worry about Christmas until Thanksgiving is over.
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