The baby formula shortage was something entirely unforeseeable, the Biden administration knows it is serious and is on it, Biden cleared his calendar to meet with CEOs this week. And, the Biden administration is doing all it can to minimize the damage and fear.
According to the Atlantic, there are three causes:
First, the bacteria. After the recent deaths of at least two infants from a rare infection… As a result, the FDA recalled several brands of formula, and parents were advised to not buy or use some formula tied to the plant.
Second, the virus: The pandemic has snarled all sorts of supply chains, but I can’t think of a market it’s yanked around more than infant formula. “During the spring of 2020, formula sales rocketed upwards as people stockpiled formula just like they stockpiled toilet paper,”
Finally, the third factor: America’s regulatory and trade policy. And while that might not sound as interesting to most people as bacteria and viruses, it might be the most important part of the story.
The last part prevents the importation of formula from Europe because of labeling requirements. It is possible that Biden could do some kind of emergency waiver if needed on those regulations.
So now we’re all on the same page as to why we have such a drastic shortage in formula. But those are the adult answers. A United States representative, whose job is supposed to be representing the citizens in her district, should be talking to regional managers of Walmart, Target, CVS, Walgreens, the usuals, trying to maximize availability for her district, while also proposing plans for emergency legislation to allow importation from Europe for a brief period. (If required).
But that is an adult representative, one we presume is mentally well. We don’t mock mental illness, but this tweet by Lauren Boebert springs from either mental illness or immaturity or both:
Lauren Boebert: “It’s interesting that we are having this baby formula shortage. Perhaps it’s from all the men who are becoming pregnant and cannot lactate on their own.” pic.twitter.com/o0c43sjQG7 
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) May 14, 2022 
Ha Ha, what a card. And what’s with the hat? Is that now a thing in MAGA politics? Dressing like kids? Well, if you think like a kid, you might as well dress like one.
Get serious or go become a bikini model that handles firearms for the right type of men. You would accomplish more in life and be more valuable to people.
Lauren represents the worst of Americans and the worst in humanity. https://t.co/nL6H2cepfc 
— lieslikearug (@lieslikearug) May 14, 2022 
Colorado must be so proud. https://t.co/rOm7T8NiXV 
— OldAsDirtRN FNP (@FNE2008) May 14, 2022 
— David Malamut (@davidmalamut) May 14, 2022 
— Gene Faltus (@FaltusEugene) May 14, 2022