The Not-so-Hidden Meaning of Baby Formula Shortage

CommentaryBy now, I would imagine most Americans are more than a little concerned by the baby formula shortage in our country. As Tucker Carlson pointed out on his show on May 13, wars are fought and civilizations are destroyed over food shortages. He also produced evidence that this baby formula deficit, due to contamination at Abbott Laboratories, was public, and therefore, surely governmental, knowledge as early as February. Nothing, as far as I knew, was being done about it for several months, and listening to White House press secretary Jen Psaki was scarcely reassuring (it rarely is). I had already read in the UK’s Daily Mail of May 12 that my home state of Tennessee was tragically in the worst position in this crisis. “Parents in Tennessee are the hardest-hit by the baby formula shortage, new data obtained by DailyMail.com shows – with those in Joe Biden’s home state of Delaware coming a close second.” If the federal government was punting, at least something could be done here. Couldn’t Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee step in, as Florida’s Ron DeSantis did repeatedly during COVID? Baby formula could apparently be ordered from abroad. As it happens, I have been an acquaintance for some time of Gov. Lee’s chief of staff, Joseph Williams, so I emailed Williams, as follows: “Joseph, Hope all well. No doubt you saw the Daily Mail report below that Tennessee sadly is leading thenation in the horrifying baby formula shortage. Would very much appreciate acomment from Governor Lee for publication in The Epoch Times on what hethinks is causing this situation here and what his plans are to deal with it.Thanks very much and would love to break bread again soon. All best,Roger” That was sent at 9:28 p.m. on May 12. As of 9:28 p.m. on May 13, nearly 24 hours later, I’d received no reply. I don’t take this personally. A Google search of “Governor Lee baby formula shortage” didn’t come up with anything either, though “Governor Glenn Youngkin statement on baby formula shortage” did appear on the first page. (I apologize for using Google. DuckDuckGo had similar results, except the reference to Virginia’s Youngkin appeared at the very top, followed by the Oregon governor and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who is “mad at Joe Biden” because of this. No Lee in sight.) This is, as they say, concerning. But what’s really going on, not just in Lee’s office—he doesn’t have the greatest reputation among conservatives anyway— but everywhere? Maybe “the evil party [Democrats] and the stupid party [Republicans]” isn’t such a tired Washington cliché after all, though I can think of instances where their roles reverse. But more likely Carlson is closer to the truth. The current Democratic administration, call it JoeBama, really is busy transforming our country as they have said they would, while acquiescent Republicans of the Lee ilk stand by and do nothing or even cooperate. We live in an era where they are “shorting” everything they can from the stock market to the American family. Where are we headed? The most open Maoism has been back for a while at the top of our government, in the person of Anita Dunn. As the Washington Free Beacon reported in January 2021, “President-elect Joe Biden will tap Anita Dunn, an Obama-administration alumna who praised Chinese communist leader Mao Zedong’s political philosophy, for senior White House adviser. “Dunn’s last stint in the White House ended after just seven months when she resigned after former Fox News anchor Glenn Beck aired a clip of the then-communications director saying Mao was one of her ‘favorite political philosophers.’” Mine, too, when I was about 16 or 17 before I realized he was history’s greatest mass murderer. Dunn apparently was undeterred. At first, thanks to Beck, she was gone, but recently she has come back. And now we learn, via Conservative Treehouse, what she has been up to for the JoeBama administration: “The Washington Post is reporting the shift from the White House to disparage their political opposition with the terms “MAGA”, “Ultra-MAGA” and President Trump as the “Great MAGA King,” came from a six-month poll study led by Anita Dunn, the latest senior advisor in the White House. “On May 5th [2022] the White House announced Anita Dunn would return to the JoeBama administration as a senior advisor. Dunn’s specific expertise is using pressure, blackmail, and political leverage to control information distribution by media organizations. Apparently ‘ultra-MAGA’ was Dunn’s first branding effort for the White House.” What is and has always been one of the core aims of Marxists and followers of Chairman Mao? To get rid of the family and replace it with the state. To get rid of the family, first, you do all you can to weaken it. Enfamil, anyone? Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times. Follow Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Osca

The Not-so-Hidden Meaning of Baby Formula Shortage

Commentary

By now, I would imagine most Americans are more than a little concerned by the baby formula shortage in our country.

As Tucker Carlson pointed out on his show on May 13, wars are fought and civilizations are destroyed over food shortages.

He also produced evidence that this baby formula deficit, due to contamination at Abbott Laboratories, was public, and therefore, surely governmental, knowledge as early as February.

Nothing, as far as I knew, was being done about it for several months, and listening to White House press secretary Jen Psaki was scarcely reassuring (it rarely is).

I had already read in the UK’s Daily Mail of May 12 that my home state of Tennessee was tragically in the worst position in this crisis.

“Parents in Tennessee are the hardest-hit by the baby formula shortage, new data obtained by DailyMail.com shows – with those in Joe Biden’s home state of Delaware coming a close second.”

If the federal government was punting, at least something could be done here. Couldn’t Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee step in, as Florida’s Ron DeSantis did repeatedly during COVID? Baby formula could apparently be ordered from abroad.

As it happens, I have been an acquaintance for some time of Gov. Lee’s chief of staff, Joseph Williams, so I emailed Williams, as follows:

“Joseph,

Hope all well.

No doubt you saw the Daily Mail report below that Tennessee sadly is leading the
nation in the horrifying baby formula shortage. Would very much appreciate a
comment from Governor Lee for publication in The Epoch Times on what he
thinks is causing this situation here and what his plans are to deal with it.
Thanks very much and would love to break bread again soon.

All best,
Roger”

That was sent at 9:28 p.m. on May 12. As of 9:28 p.m. on May 13, nearly 24 hours later, I’d received no reply.

I don’t take this personally. A Google search of “Governor Lee baby formula shortage” didn’t come up with anything either, though “Governor Glenn Youngkin statement on baby formula shortage” did appear on the first page.

(I apologize for using Google. DuckDuckGo had similar results, except the reference to Virginia’s Youngkin appeared at the very top, followed by the Oregon governor and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who is “mad at Joe Biden” because of this. No Lee in sight.)

This is, as they say, concerning.

But what’s really going on, not just in Lee’s office—he doesn’t have the greatest reputation among conservatives anyway— but everywhere?

Maybe “the evil party [Democrats] and the stupid party [Republicans]” isn’t such a tired Washington cliché after all, though I can think of instances where their roles reverse.

But more likely Carlson is closer to the truth. The current Democratic administration, call it JoeBama, really is busy transforming our country as they have said they would, while acquiescent Republicans of the Lee ilk stand by and do nothing or even cooperate.

We live in an era where they are “shorting” everything they can from the stock market to the American family.

Where are we headed?

The most open Maoism has been back for a while at the top of our government, in the person of Anita Dunn.

As the Washington Free Beacon reported in January 2021, “President-elect Joe Biden will tap Anita Dunn, an Obama-administration alumna who praised Chinese communist leader Mao Zedong’s political philosophy, for senior White House adviser.

“Dunn’s last stint in the White House ended after just seven months when she resigned after former Fox News anchor Glenn Beck aired a clip of the then-communications director saying Mao was one of her ‘favorite political philosophers.’”

Mine, too, when I was about 16 or 17 before I realized he was history’s greatest mass murderer. Dunn apparently was undeterred.

At first, thanks to Beck, she was gone, but recently she has come back. And now we learn, via Conservative Treehouse, what she has been up to for the JoeBama administration:

“The Washington Post is reporting the shift from the White House to disparage their political opposition with the terms “MAGA”, “Ultra-MAGA” and President Trump as the “Great MAGA King,” came from a six-month poll study led by Anita Dunn, the latest senior advisor in the White House.

“On May 5th [2022] the White House announced Anita Dunn would return to the JoeBama administration as a senior advisor. Dunn’s specific expertise is using pressure, blackmail, and political leverage to control information distribution by media organizations. Apparently ‘ultra-MAGA’ was Dunn’s first branding effort for the White House.”

What is and has always been one of the core aims of Marxists and followers of Chairman Mao? To get rid of the family and replace it with the state.

To get rid of the family, first, you do all you can to weaken it. Enfamil, anyone?

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.


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Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, co-founder of PJMedia, and now, editor-at-large for The Epoch Times. His most recent books are “The GOAT” (fiction) and “I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn’t Already” (nonfiction). He can be found on GETTR and Parler @rogerlsimon.