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Asked for an explanation of the supply-chain issues afflicting the American economy on Wednesday’s edition of Morning Joe, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg urged viewers to “think of it in terms of supply and demand,” before also citing COVID-19 and, most insistently, child care, as proximate causes.

According to Buttigieg, the appearance of supply-chain issues are not due to systemic failures, but are instead the result of sky-high demand. He added that “the pandemic continues to poke holes in our ability to get goods where they need to go.”

Pressed by host Mika Brzezinski on the role of worker shortages in creating issues, the secretary — who recently returned from a hushed-up, two month stint of paternity leave — cited child care as a major issue.

“There are a lot of things contributing to this, one of them is child care of course, which is why the president’s Build Back Better vision is gonna be good for the labor market,” he explained, before also arguing that they need to be “better jobs.”

Brzezinski countered that benefits and pay are higher than ever, and noted that “before COVID, before Biden, there was a problem with child care, and people still went to work.”

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