If it weren’t for hungry babies, this story would be to laugh. I mean, really? The Defense Production Act? Is that because baby formula is a national security issue?
Mandrake, someone is trying to rob us of our bodily fluids.
I’m actually OK with a president doing what he can to solve a problem, especially if the problem is feeding infants.
But, C’mon man! this story isn’t about starving babies. It is about a geriatric president using the awesome powers of the federal government to manipulate a small piece of the economy for political/PR gain.
We know this is true, because the baby formula shortage would never have occurred had federal awareness of formula supplies been competent in the first place. It wasn’t, so now we have an executive “war” on the baby formula shortage. Luster for Stumble Joe’s deadly dentures.
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All this time I’ve been thinking it’s the awesome power of a former president to steal a third term.
TFG only had one term.
Is this baby formula a new phenomenon? Or have the supplies always been so concentrated in a few companies for a considerable period of time?
Global economics work well until they don’t.
Any president would be damned if they did nothing, or something.
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Of course baby formula is concentrated in an absurdly small number of domestic suppliers. They have to be licensed by the FDA, and the FDA makes it policy to keep supplies tight. Remember epi pens?
Global economics would never have let this happen without government meddling.
There are barriers to import and prices are not allowed to fluctuate based on scarcity. We could have mountains of formula imported but the packaging doesn’t have the FDA required nutrition printed on the labels.
The Defense Production Act is there to marshal resources in time of war or real emergency, sort of like the National Strategic Petroleum Reserves, which Biden has drained to their lowest levels in 35 years to mask his idiotic energy policy.
They are not intended to address the emergency of declining poll numbers or catastrophes of the administration’s own making.
“ We could have mountains of formula imported but the packaging doesn’t have the FDA required nutrition printed on the labels.”
Didn’t we have a scandal a few years back with tainted baby formula from China?
Food and drug safety…so unnecessary😇
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Oh please, save us from competent management of the economy.
The economy will do just fine if it is not managed at all. Management of the marketplace is the problem.
We are the richest country in the world, in a free market, our babies would be the last to go hungry, because we are able to pay more than other countries.
There is a shortage because we were ‘managed’ into one. People should read Dilbert more and WAPO less.
“People should read Dilbert more and WAPO less.”
Personally, Pearls Before Swine is a much better option. Before that it was Bloom County. 😇
The DPA should have been implemented sooner in the previous administration to help combat the spread of COVID in this country, but someone sat on his little orange hands and waited.
You say it is laughable, but not really because hungry babies are NEVER funny. But here you are attempting to joke about the current President doing what he can to alleviate the issue. Including “formula flights” to import from other countries that meet the same safety standards as we do. (Australia being first on the list.)
“I’m actually OK with a president doing what he can to solve a problem, especially if the problem is feeding infants.”
The formula shortage does not require and should not be addressed using military resources.
“The formula shortage does not require and should not be addressed using military resources.”
The DPA does not call for military resources. And which military resources WOULD be called on in this instance? Which ones were EVENTUALLY called on to produce needles and masks?
Here is a primer on the DPA for you to consider.
RE: “The DPA does not call for military resources.”
No, it doesn’t, but the “formula flights” you mention are under military procurement.
It’s transport planes. And do you have PROOF of that or are you just saying to find some kernel of truth so you can claim you were accurate?
You are picking so may nots, I’ve lost track.