Washington Post tells “spoiled” Americans to stop complaining about supply shortages

‘Hey you spoiled brat, stop complaining about supply shortages at stores and learn to deal with it.’

That’s my tl;dr paraphrase version of an article in the Washington Post today telling Americans that they are spoiled and to stop complaining about these pandemic supply shortages or something:

Across the country, Americans’ expectations of speedy service and easy access to consumer products have been crushed like a Styrofoam container in a trash compactor. Time for some new, more realistic expectations.

Fast food is less fast. A huge flotilla of container ships is stuck offshore in California, waiting to unload. Shelves normally stocked with Halloween candy this time of year are empty, as I saw the other day at a Target here in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The issue has become so troublesome — with alarming economic and political ramifications — that the White House is stepping in, urging unions, port operators and big consumer-goods companies to work around the clock (if they aren’t already) to unclog supply pipelines.

American consumers, their expectations pampered and catered to for decades, are not accustomed to inconvenience.

“For generations, American shoppers have been trained to be nightmares,” Amanda Mull wrote in August in the Atlantic, before the supply chain problem turned truly ugly. “The pandemic has shown just how desperately the consumer class clings to the feeling of being served.”

Customers’ persistent whine, “Why don’t they just hire more people?,” sounds feeble in this era of the Great Resignation, especially in industries, such as food service, with reputations for being tough places to work.

Rather than living constantly on the verge of throwing a fit, and risking taking it out on overwhelmed servers, struggling shop owners or late-arriving delivery people, we’d do ourselves a favor by consciously lowering expectations.

Notice how the author doesn’t put any blame on Biden for this, instead casting the Biden White House in the role of simply trying to solve the problem and telling Americans that they’re the ones who need to adjust their spoiled expectations.

See, it’s your demands that are the problem.



Joe Concha made a great point in response to this article:

Absolutely correct. If this were Trump’s crisis, the article would have cast Americans as victims of a greedy dictator who is ruining America to somehow line his evil pockets. But since it’s Biden, the White House is the hero in the story, not the villain.

Here’s a few more un-woke responses to the article:

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