The Common Sense Show
by Dave Hodges
Yesterday, I wrote an article which I found very difficult to publish because of its very dire consequences. Briefly, I explained how the ships carrying vital imports to American shores are not being offloaded. I offered a video of a Los Angeles city councilman, as he traveled about Los Angeles harbor explaining how serious this crisis was becoming and that even if the goods were to be offloaded right away (e.g. February 9, 2015), it would still take 6-8 months for the product to be offloaded in its entirety.
Since 1968, the American economy has lost 86% of its manufacturing base. This is why cities like Detroit, Cleveland and St. Louis have collapsed, or will soon collapse, because of the lack of once prominent manufacturing industries. This all happened courtesy of the NAFTA and CAFTA Free Trade Agreements, which allowed corporate America to ship its jobs and manufacturing to the third world and then ship these products, now manufactured by cheap foreign labor, back into the country, duty free.
Yesterday, I also covered the fact that the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is now trying to break the backs of what is left of American unions by forcing its trade rules upon the dockworkers as the TPP attempts to take control over the American economy. As a result, vital imports are backing up at our nation’s ports and shortages are on the immediate horizon.
Many in the Independent Media have spoken about the importance of the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) which is at an all-time low. The BDI is the one true measure of how the global economy is doing and it is indicating that products are not being shipped.
More Bad News
Dozens of harbor truckers in Southern California have gone on record by notifying the Uniform Intermodal Interchange Agreement, as well as a number of prominent shipping lines, that because of the severe port congestion and labor disputes at West Coast Ports, they will not be held responsible for paying carrier-imposed charges for the late return of equipment. Even those who are ignorant enough to believe that we are not in the middle of an escalating crisis, should be concerned about the spare parts industry in America. The viability of Just In Time deliveries is being imperiled.
As a result, American trucking is suffering irreparable damages to its industry because imports are not being moved to the final destination point. One inescapable fact that very few are discussing is that when truckers begin to financially fail and many drop out of the industry, who will pick up the slack if and when product finally begins to ship, there will not be enough truckers to distribute product and already unfolding shortages will be exacerbated.
America’s Drug Shortage Program
It is difficult to believe that the United States has a prescription drug shortage problem. In fact, there is even a Federal program designed to deal with the shortages.
To solve this problem, the only solution is to import medicines from places like China and India, and what makes this a crisis? Seventy percent of all Americans are on prescription medications!
The Soon-to-be Food Shortages
The number of Americans which are dependent on foreign imports with regard to our food supply is greatly increasing. This factor along with dependence on foreign imports to supply American growing medical needs, constitutes a significant national security threat which potentially impacts millions of Americans when products are not shipped.
The Cognitive Dissonance Crowd Rears Its Ugly Head
I could continue to go on and on, but the picture is clear. If this import crisis persists for more than a week or two, with no relief, we will see shortages beyond belief. Yet, to some, they don’t want to be confused with the facts. Consider the following two posters to my website who read my article detailing the catastrophic impact that the port crisis will soon have on America.
Old Guy 16 February, 2015, 13:37
OK – if you believe this – let’s make a bet. Today is Feb 16th. The authors says – and some here seem to believe – that the US economy is days away from collapse. If you really believe that – then let’s make a bet. Dollars? Gold Coins? Bit Coins? Cans of Spam? I bet $100 or some equivalent – like 30 cans of Spam – that two weeks from today – the US economy is fine. Who will take the bet?
And then even an “esteemed” PhD expressed skepticism that we need to worry about the fact that product is not being offloaded in our nation’s ports and that this nation that has become totally dependent on imports has anything to worry about product that is not moving.
The following PhD offered these pearls of wisdom in order to assure the public that we have nothing to worry about when imports are being prevented from being delivered into the country.
J Gibbs PhD 16 February, 2015, 10:44
“Days away from shutting down.” REALLY? Well, this one will be easy to prove true or LIE. If by the middle of next week, say the 25th, the nation’s economy is still going along, heck let’s even give it to the 28th, then we will ALL KNOW these sensational reports are garbage.
Instead of engaging in meaningful debate so we could best prepare our people for what could be coming, I have to deal with people that think it’s funny that granny will soon not have her medications and this depraved indifference is manifested by the desire to create a “March Madness” pool of whether or not the economy is going to survive. Name calling and anecdotal derision become weapons of denial to the cognitive dissonance crowd.
I have tried to use rational, commonly agreed upon data to explain why we are in such dire danger in America. Yet, these arguments are met with nonfactual bias and unsubstantiated labeling and name calling.
I used to view it as my duty to educate ignorant people such as these so I could teach them how to best weather the coming storm. However, “there are none so blind as those that will not see”. And because I am a Christian who believes that every life has value and I can’t abandon the ignorant, I have enlisted a new ally to help explain the gravity of the situation:
Dick and Jane Are the New Fear-Mongers
For an earlier generation, the Adventures of Dick and Jane were the way that we learned to read. Also, American school children learned some valuable life lessons from the Adventures of Dick and Jane. If Dick and Jane were still around today, they would probably have a lot to say about the current state of American affairs.
Today, Dick and Jane could prove to be a valuable resource in helping people understand the dangers that we are facing with child like simplicity. No need to understand the M3 money supply ratio, one can simply look at our world through the eyes of a child in order to understand that survival now depends on preparing for the collapse, not denying that it is going to happen.
Here Are Some More Reasons Dick and Jane Are Concerned
Our growing dependence on exports is very concerning to Dick and Jane because any disruption of service, like what we see pictured below, could mean that their loved ones could experience food shortages and an inability to obtain critical medications.
Dick and Jane recently posted an editorial in The Weekly Reader which exposed the dangers of America’s declining manufacturing as a percentage of GDP, which is pictured below. Further, their mom discovered that even Trader Joe’s is beginning to experience spot shortages.
Do we, who are awake, have an obligation to those who are not awake in an attempt to warn them about how to best prepare for the coming crises which are already upon us? The answer is yes, but I feel we have a diminishing responsibility to continue to try and help those who refuse to help themselves. It may not be possible to fix a date of economic collapse caused by the current import crisis. However, there is a tipping point for everything and with imports largely not moving, it is not a matter of if, but when, the economy comes crashing down.
What if the imports begin to move? Yes, that will help push the coming collapse back for a small time. However, we still have the $18 trillion dollar debt, the $240 trillion dollars of unfunded mandates, the $200 trillion dollar consumer credit obligations and of course the king of them all, the one quadrillion dollar derivatives debt. Except for the latter, even Dick and Jane could calculate the gravity of these numbers in their first grade math book.