This Op-Ed is special to the Mirror by Paul Plante
Before we get to the meat of the matter here, another title for this thread could have been “Joe Biden’s Ultra-MAGA Great Leap Forward,” although that title would not have truly captured the essence of the madness afoot here as contained in Joe Biden’s First Five Year Plan which we will soon be discussing; and another perhaps more proper title would have been “Joe Biden says America First to Build Back Better to Make America Great Again,” but that would have been too long a title so I condensed it down to its essence, which is insanity and madness in a time of Joe Biden, and here I am talking specifically about the “Statement from President Biden on House Passage of CHIPS and Science Act to Lower Costs, Create Good-Pay Jobs and Strengthen Our National Security,” on July 28, 2022, coupled with a Reuters article on August 3, 2022 titled “As U.S. eyes new China chip curbs, turmoil looms for global market” by Joyce Lee, both of which must be taken together to put flesh on the bones, so to speak, of the title above about madness and insanity in a time of Joe Biden, and the issue, in addition to the further disruption of the global economy caused by other Biden actions has to do with water, and the short-sightedness of the Biden administration as it sacrifices our tomarrow for political gains and expediency for the Biden administration and the Democrats today.
And here, before we go further, we have to ask ourselves this important and relevant question, the answer to which will be coming along shortly, to wit:
I. HOW MUCH WATER DOES A CHIP FAB REQUIRE ON A DAILY BASIS?
And that takes us to the madness and insanity of Joe Biden in his First Five-Year Plan in imitation of Joe Stalin of the Soviet Union which in turn takes us to his “Statement from President Biden on House Passage of CHIPS and Science Act to Lower Costs, Create Good-Pay Jobs and Strengthen Our National Security,” wherein Joe Biden tells the nation and the world, and us, as follows in typical shallow-thinking Joe Biden fashion as follows:
“Today, the House passed a bill that will make cars cheaper, appliances cheaper, and computers cheaper.”
“It will lower the costs of everyday goods.”
“And, it will create high-paying manufacturing jobs across the country and strengthen U.S. leadership in the industries of the future at the same time.”
Now, talk about a political propaganda coup here, people, that sounds grand and glorious, does it not, far, far better than merely a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage, which isn’t much compared to what Joe is offering us here, as Joe and the Democrats continue their efforts to build back better to make America great again by a policy of America first, which means elbowing other countries, starting with China, another hated enemy of Joe Biden and the Democrats, along with Russia, both run by “autocrats” who pose a real serious threat to our “sacred democracy” that Joe and the Democrats are champions of, out of the way of a resurgent America led forth on the world stage by Joe and Nancy Pelosi, who just returned from Taiwan where she was greeted and treated as the queen she really is as is her due.
And that in turn brings us to the Reuters article mentioned above where we learn more about the madness and insanity of Joe’s plans to reconfigure America and the world in his image as follows, to wit:
SEOUL, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Export restrictions being considered by Washington to halt China’s advances in semiconductor manufacturing could come at a substantial cost, experts say, potentially disrupting fragile global chip supply chains – and hurting U.S. businesses.
China, people, is like a serpent in the Garden of Eden Joe and the Democrats are promising, and so it is the duty of Joe Biden today to crush the head of the serpent, for the good of the world that sorely needs the stern, guiding hand of Joe Biden to lead it into a Pax Biden that will last for a thousand years by destroying China’s economy along with the economy of Germany and Russia, but really, people, does that matter, that to make America great again by building it back better by a policy of America First, that fragile global chip supply chains would be disrupted, which would hurt U.S. businesses?
Afterall, to build back better, isn’t it first necessary to destroy what now exists in order to clear away the old and prepare the ground and pave the way towards the grand and glorious future Joe is promising us, with cars being cheaper, and appliances being cheaper, and computers being cheaper, and with the costs of everyday goods being lowered while high-paying manufacturing jobs are being created across the country and U.S. leadership in the industries of the future at the same time will be strengthened?
My goodness, who can possibly be against that?
So let’s get some more details here, as follows:
Reuters reported on Monday that the United States is considering limiting shipments of American chipmaking equipment to memory chip producers in China that make advanced semiconductors used in everything from smartphones to data centres.
And that is the way a REAL WORLD LEADER like Joe Biden does things – grab the bull by the horns, deftly flip it over on its back, and stomp on its neck and it is done!
If Joe prevents the Chinese from getting chipmaking equipment, then the Chinese can’t make chips!
So how brilliant is the thinking of Joe Biden here, and how he has seen to the core of the matter as to what should be done to make America great again by building it back better after first destroying it by his America First policy?
But what about this “harm” thing?
Besides the Chinese, who everybody knows need to be harmed, who else is going to “get it in the neck” as a result of Joe’s America First policy here?
Let’s go back to Reuters and take a look:
The curbs would stop chipmakers like South Korean giants Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix from shipping new technology tools to factories they operate in China, preventing them from upgrading plants that serve customers around the world.
To which, Joe says he doesn’t care, because they aren’t Americans, and they aren’t American companies, which makes them a threat to building back better America to make it great again, and so, they have got to go, too, especially because of the following, to wit:
Samsung and SK Hynix, which control more than half of the global NAND flash memory chip market, have invested heavily in China in recent decades to produce chips that are vital to customers including tech giants Apple, Amazon, Facebook owner Meta and Google.
As well as computers and phones, the chips are used in products like electric vehicles that require digital data storage.
And look at that, people, those foreigners have gotten too greedy and too big for their britches and they are taking more than their share and besides, they are trading with Joe Biden’s enemy China, which puts our national security at risk, and so they too need their fangs pulled, which will cut them down to size where they need to be, and hey, in the end, it will all work out right and it will be not only good for America, but for tech giants Apple, Amazon, Facebook owner Meta and Google, as well.
And talking about threats to our national security that Joe Biden is going to put an end to, let’s again go back and see what Reuters has on that, as follows:
“Samsung’s China production alone accounts for more than 15% of global NAND flash production …”
That, people, is a clear threat to our sacred democracy, having all those investments made in an autocracy, and so Joe has no other choice but to act, and to act decisively, and to act now, not tomorrow or the next day, or China will clearly win the race for the TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY which can’t be allowed, period.
So what then can we expect when Joe strikes?
Here is what Reuters is telling us:
“If there’s any production disruption, it will make chip prices surge,” said Lee Min-hee, an analyst at BNK Securities.
The potential for fresh turmoil – the curbs have yet to be approved – comes just as a global chip supply shortage that has disrupted businesses from autos to consumer devices for more than a year is finally showing signs of easing.
Supply chain adjustments and weakening consumer demand amid the slowing global economy have combined to repair the damage.
But the shortage has yet to be fully resolved.
Any signs of fresh disruption could rekindle supply uncertainty, triggering a price surge – as seen earlier this year when China imposed COVID-19 restrictions in Xian where Samsung manufactures chips.
And those high prices, of course, in a capitalistic country like ours, which Joe is going to build back better to make America great again, would serve as an incentive to make those chips here as opposed to in some foreign country that is not America, which would be good for our economy and our GDP, and some more fall-out that simply will have to be endured, because we are in a transition, people, as Peter Buttigieg says, and he would know, to wit:
Chipmaking equipment has to be installed and fully tested months before production is due to start.
Any delay in shipping the gear to China would pose a real challenge to chipmakers as they seek to manufacture more advanced chips in China facilities.
“Many U.S. companies, like Apple, use Samsung and SK Hynix memory chips.”
“No matter what strategy (the South Korean firms) end up choosing, it will have global implications,” said BNK Securities analyst Lee.
And that is what I am calling insanity and madness, Joe Biden single-handedly disrupting the global economy with his “Ultra-MAGA,” but on the other hand, for there to be progress, especially when building back America better by a policy of America First to make it great again in order to provide the grand and glorious future Joe is promising us, with cars being cheaper, and appliances being cheaper, and computers being cheaper, and with the costs of everyday goods being lowered while high-paying manufacturing jobs are being created across the country and U.S. leadership in the industries of the future at the same time will be strengthened, somebody else has to be hurt, and that should be these foreign upstarts who are stealing market share from American companies who should be making chips here instead of somewhere else, and so, Joe is going to make that happen, come what may.
So how much water does it take to operate a chip fab then, when Joe starts building them here?
By some estimates, a large chip fab can use up to 10 million gallons of water a day, which is equivalent to the water consumption of roughly 300,000 households and that is because each chip needs to be rinsed with ultrapure water (UPW) — water so pure that is considered an industrial solvent — to remove debris (ions, particles, silica, etc.) from the manufacturing process and prevent the chips from becoming contaminated.
So where, then, is Joe Biden going to get all that water from?
Or doesn’t he have a clue?
Stay tuned as we explore this matter further, because the future Joe is going to impact is that of ourselves, our children and grandchildren and on down the line.