This is no laughing matter.
You and Seggy are manufacturing those Straw Men at breakneck pace today!
Hey, you're the one who said "words mean stuff"...I'm just defending the poor, abused English Language. "Shortage" (see definition above) means there isn't enough of something to go around. Like, for example, if I say "There's a shortage of hot chicks on Jet Careers", it means there aren't enough of them present, not that they're charging more for their services than I am willing to pay (although I'm sure they are). I'm not sure why you're so attached to using this one tiny word incorrectly. There are lots of appropriate phrases..."contraction in supply", maybe? I'll go for that. But there's no "shortage", sorry, it's right there in the definition of the word. There will be a shortage when the FAA looks in their database and says "sorry, there aren't any more".