by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
When news of the baby formula shortage first became widely known, one of the main causes, we were told, was that Abbott, the company that manufactures the formula, had put tainted formula onto the marketplace, killing two infants, and forcing the FDA to shut down its plant. And indeed, that’s exactly what Jen Psaki blamed during her final White House press conference before heading to MSNBC. Abbott, however, pushed back hard, with facts supporting something Psaki knew or should have known: a federal investigation has shown it’s innocent of the charge.
There are multiple reasons that there is a baby formula shortage in America. The problem already began to make itself known last July thanks to the same supply chain issues affecting large swathes of America. That did not trigger action from either Biden or Pete Buttigieg, the stunningly incompetent Transportation secretary and daddy to twins dependent on formula. …
… When it comes specifically to Abbott, according to Tucker Carlson’s Friday show, the main supplier of formula is the United States government. That’s because its WIC program, which provides supplemental foods for women, infants, and children, contracts with Abbott for baby formula. There’s no reason for the Biden administration not to have known that there was a slowdown. Incidentally, because Abbott worked with the government, that relationship inevitably squeezed out the competition, making the market vulnerable if Abbott went offline.
And of course, there’s the fact that the Biden administration has been diverting massive amounts of baby formula away from American parents and illegal aliens crossing over our southern border. Again: The administration is letting American infants starve to ensure that illegal aliens are fed. …
… [O]n her last official day as press secretary, Psaki blamed the entire shortage (which goes back to last July) on the Abbott formula recall and plant closing.