Wall Street Journal: Biden, Federal Policies Caused the Infant Formula Crisis

The editorial board at the Wall Street Journal published a commentary on the infant formula shortage and, instead of picking up on the Joe Biden administration’s blame narrative, it said the Biden administration and federal policies led to the crisis.

The board noted that while the government is trying to assure “angry moms” it will solve the problem, Biden and feds should “look in the mirror:” 

The shortage began after Abbott Laboratories shut down a plant in Michigan after four infants who consumed formula made at the facility fell seriously ill. Abbott controls about 42 percent of the U.S. market, and the other three large manufacturers (Perrigo, Nestle and Mead Johnson) haven’t been able to increase production fast enough to compensate. Ergo, empty shelves.

Enter President Biden, who on Wednesday invoked the Defense Production Act. The Cold War-era law lets the federal government conscript private businesses to produce goods for national defense and to reorder supply chains, putting some customers ahead of others. Progressives think government is the solution to every problem, which is why the law has become their household remedy to every product shortage.

Mr. Biden says the law will let his Administration prioritize raw ingredients for baby formula. He also plans to send government planes to fly in supply from overseas. But there doesn’t appear to be a shortage of formula ingredients. Nor is there a problem transporting it. The main barriers to increasing supply are regulatory.

The board also blamed trade tariffs as high as 17.5 percent and regulations from the Food and Drug Administration’s regulations that limit competition in the marketplace.

Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), also like to blame corporations for problems, the Journal said.

“I think there might be a need for indictment,” Pelosi said about Abbott, which is already the subject of a House investigation.

The Journal said the solution is to suspend tariffs and let up on onerous labeling and ingredient requirements. It also noted that when manufacturers have exclusive contracts with states for a product it creates monopolies.

And even if Abbott is coming back online, the Journal recommends reforming federal policies to allow the free market to thrive.

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San Francisco Archbishop Prohibits Nancy Pelosi from Receiving Holy Communion Over ‘Extreme’ Abortion Stance

San Francisco Archbishop Prohibits Nancy Pelosi from Receiving Holy Communion Over ‘Extreme’ Abortion Stance

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone announced on Friday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is forbidden to receive Holy Communion because of her increasingly “extreme” pro-abortion views.

Cordileone wrote:

After numerous attempts to speak with her to help her understand the grave evil she is perpetrating, the scandal she is causing, and the danger to her own soul she is risking, I have determined that the point has come in which I must make a public declaration that she is not to be admitted to Holy Communion unless and until she publicly repudiate her support for abortion “rights” and confess and receive absolution for her cooperation in this evil in the sacrament of Penance. I have accordingly sent her a Notification to this effect, which I have now made public.

In his letter, Cordileone said he wrote to Pelosi on April 7, telling her that she must publicly disavow her pro-abortion stance “or else refrain from referring to your Catholic faith in public and receiving Holy Communion, I would have no choice but to make a declaration, in keeping with canon 915, that you are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.” Cordileone said since sending that letter that Pelosi has not abided by his request. He wrote:

Therefore, in light of my responsibility as the Archbishop of San Francisco to be ‘concerned for all the Christian faithful entrusted to [my] care” (Code of Canon Law, can. 383, §1), by means of this communication I am hereby notifying you that you are not to present yourself for Holy Communion and, should you do so, you are not to be admitted to Holy Communion, until such time as you publicly repudiate your advocacy for the legitimacy of abortion and confess and receive absolution of this grave sin in the sacrament of Penance.

He also said a Catholic legislator who supports abortion after knowing the teaching of the Church, “commits a manifestly grave sin which is a cause of most serious scandal to others.  Therefore, universal Church law provides that such persons ‘are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”

The Catechism of the Catholic Church explicitly bans both obtaining an abortion and assisting with one, saying “since the first century, the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion….”

“This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law,” the catechism says.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks at a press conference with pro-abortion activists on May 13, 2022, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. (Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

Cordileone wrote in his announcement that he has received many letters over the years “expressing distress over the scandal” of Catholics in public life — like Pelosi and President Joe Biden — promoting “such grievously evil practices as abortion.” He said in part:

I have responded that conversion is always better than exclusion, and before any such action can be taken it must be preceded by sincere and diligent efforts at dialogue and persuasion.  With regard to Speaker Pelosi, I have striven to follow this wise route, as delineated by then-Cardinal Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI) in a letter to U.S. bishops regarding Holy Communion and Catholic politicians who cooperate in the grave evils of abortion and euthanasia.

The announcement continues:

Unfortunately, Speaker Pelosi’s position on abortion has become only more extreme over the years, especially in the last few months.  Just earlier this month she once again, as she has many times before, explicitly cited her Catholic faith while justifying abortion as a “choice,” this time setting herself in direct opposition to Pope Francis: “The very idea that they would be telling women the size, timing or whatever of their family, the personal nature of this is so appalling, and I say that as a devout Catholic”; “They say to me, ‘Nancy Pelosi thinks she knows more about having babies than the Pope.’  Yes I do.  Are you stupid?

Cordileone said he took “no pleasure whatsoever” in fulfilling his pastoral duty and said his action is “not political.”

He said:

I have been very clear in my words and actions about this.  Speaker Pelosi has been uppermost in my prayer intentions ever since I became the Archbishop of San Francisco. It was my prayer life that motivated me to ask people all around the country to join me in praying and fasting for her in the “Rose and Rosary for Nancy Campaign.”  I especially pray that she will see in the roses she has received a sign of the honest love and care that many thousands of people have for her.

Cordileone has previously publicly called out both Pelosi and Biden for supporting abortion while claiming to be devout Catholics.

Pro-life activists demonstrate outside outside of a Catholic mass attended by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on January 3, 2007, in Washington, DC. (Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

“You cannot be a good Catholic and support expanding a government-approved right to kill innocent human beings,” he wrote in a Washington Post op-ed last year about Texas’ six-week abortion ban, lamenting the hysterical reactions of Biden and Pelosi. “This is hardly inappropriate for a pastor to say. If anything, Catholic political leaders’ response to the situation in Texas highlights the need for us to say it all the louder.”

National faith-based advocacy organization CatholicVote praised Cordileone for his action, and said they are praying for Pelosi to change her view of abortion.

“Catholics across America commend Archbishop Cordileone and his pastoral leadership in handling the scandal posed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. For too long Catholic public officials have created confusion and disunity by advocating for policies that destroy innocent human life – in direct contradiction of the teachings of the Catholic faith,” President of CatholicVote Brian Burch said.

“The persistent disobedience of these public officials is a source of enormous sadness and scandal that begged for a response.  The Church has no choice but to protect itself and to encourage all of its members to live in communion with its teachings. For the sake of Speaker Pelosi and the rest of the flock in his charge, Archbishop Cordileone is right to call her to return to full communion with the Church.  We hope and pray she will do so,” he continued.

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Media Moves To Profit Off Of Ridiculous J6 Commission

Media Moves To Profit Off Of Ridiculous J6 Commission

The New Yorker is teaming up with the House Select Committee on Jan. 6 with a new book out ahead of the fall midterms publishing the probe’s partisan report with activist commentary cloaked as “analysis” throughout its pages.

Since its inception, born out of the ashes of a failed proposal for a 9/11-style commission, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Jan. 6 Committee has served as one of the Democrats’ latest hoaxes to keep voters angry and weaponize the levers of government against political enemies. Allies of the regime’s House probe at The New Yorker are now capitalizing on the committee’s work, monetizing its report in paperback due September, less than two months before the November elections.

In March, Democrats on the committee conceded to The Washington Post that their work was all about the upcoming midterms as a desperate attempt to smear their opponents as extremists in an election cycle historically hostile to the party in the White House.

“Their challenge: Making the public care deeply — and read hundreds of pages more — about an event that happened more than a year ago, and that many Americans feel they already understand,” the Post reported, followed by the passage below (emphasis ours):

They’ll attempt to do so this spring through public hearings, along with a potential interim report and a final report that will be published ahead of the November midterms — with the findings likely a key part of the Democrats midterm strategy. They hope their recommendations to prevent another insurrection will be adopted, but also that their work will repel voters from Republicans who they say helped propel the attack.

Their partnership with The New Yorker is their latest vehicle to meet that challenge, publishing the report in nearly 900 pages as advertised on Amazon.

The corporate media collusion marks another parallel between the Jan. 6 Committee and the witch hunt operation behind the Mueller report, when Democrats monetized its non-findings with The Washington Post in 2019. The government probes have both persecuted political dissidents based on made-up claims, stoked hysteria among voters, and driven profit for friendly press outlets at their conclusion.

The Mueller report was the product of a two-year investigation driven by Democrats who now face prosecution for their crimes involved in fabricating a collusion scandal between former President Donald Trump and the Russian government. After Special Counsel Robert Mueller wrapped up his investigation with unlimited resources, not one person, let alone Trump himself, was found seeking to undermine American interests as a double agent on behalf of the Kremlin. In fact, at least one of the phony narrative’s original authors was himself a suspected Russian agent.

The fictitious tale of Russian collusion, however, took deep roots among no small part of the American population in power, leading legacy media to respond to blockbuster revelations surrounding President Joe Biden’s son with a knee-jerk reaction of dismissal as Kremlin disinformation. A top staffer on the Jan. 6 Committee even signed the now infamous letter from October 2020 with dozens of former intelligence officials writing off the Hunter Biden stories as Russian disinformation.


Tristan Justice is the western correspondent for The Federalist. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan graduated from George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at Tristan@thefederalist.com.

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Pelosi Calls on Private Companies to Provide Travel for Abortions

Pelosi Calls on Private Companies to Provide Travel for Abortions

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that “of course” private companies should provide travel expenses for their employees to receive an abortion in a state where it is legal if Roe v Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court.

Anchor Dana Bash said, “What can you do to help women who will be seeking abortions, but live in states where it’s banned For example, would you encourage private companies to provide travel for abortions as a health benefit?”

Pelosi said, “Well, of course, that, but the fact is we, as a country — this is — let’s just put this in perspective. What we want women and families and everyone to focus on is the nature of this decision. This is — our country, the genius of our founders was to have a Constitution that enabled freedom to expand. And it did with marriage equality, it did with Roe v. Wade, in many ways, defining freedom more fully.”

She continued, “This is the first time the court has taken back a freedom that was defined by precedent and respect for privacy. So, let’s stay focused on who we are as the country and not turn into something where we have to depend on the privacy. I think that’s all good. It’s helpful to the women, and that’s important. But it’s also important to know that this is not right. This is not the path of freedom for our country. So they’re putting freedom on the ballot. And our democracy has been on the ballot because of what they have — are doing to elections.”

Pelosi added, “But this is a place where freedom and the kitchen table issues of America’s families come together. What are the decisions that a family makes? What about contraception for young people? It’s just beyond a particular situation. It’s massive, in terms of contraception, in vitro fertilization, again, a woman’s right to decide. And it’s OK — we want to mitigate for the damage, but we have to get rid of the damage.”

When asked about Roe v Wade potentially being overturned by the Supreme Court, Pelosi said, “Who would have ever suspected that a creature like Donald Trump would become president of the United States by waving a list of judges he would appoint, therefore, getting the support of the far-right — and appointing those anti-freedom justices to the court. So, this is not about long game. We played a long game. We won Roe v. Wade a long time ago. We voted to protect it over time.”

She continued, “Let’s not take our eye off the ball. The ball is this court, which is dangerous to the freedoms of our country. Beware in terms of marriage equality, beware in terms of other aspects of it, and so it is. Let’s not waste our time on that. The fact is, this is a dangerous court to families, to freedom in our country. And that is why people have to mobilize. My saying is we don’t agonize. We organize, we go out there and make sure people know that if they, actually elections have consequences.”

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Send the Democratic Party into History — it’s got nothing left to offer America



Send the Democratic Party into History — it’s got nothing left to offer America

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The vital mission of the Republican-Right in November 2022 and ’24 should be to demolish the Democratic Party and relegate it to the Smithsonian, amid the Whig and Know Nothing parties.

The Democratic Party of JFK, LBJ and even Bill “Welfare Reform” Clinton is long gone. The Democratic Party of Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi and Gavin Newsom has nothing positive to offer and deserves to be voted overwhelmingly into oblivion.

The Democratic Left has become purveyors of poverty, chaos, danger and death.

  • First-quarter GDP shrank 1.4% amid inflation, regulation, supply-chain snafus, barren store shelves, baby-formula rationing(!) and the Biden-Democrats’ anti-business bias.

Nominal wages advanced 5.5% year-on-year in April, but last month’s 8.3% inflation (a near 40-year-high) shriveled real wages to negative 2.8%.

Bloomberg reports that, compared to 2021, inflation will cost the average US household $5,200 this year, or $100 per week, for the same basket of goods. Biden’s five-steps-forward, eight-steps-back economy is making Americans poor again.

  • The Biden-Democratic-Left has unleashed chaos at the US-Mexico “border,” which 2,499,190 illegal immigrants breached on Biden’s watch (from Feb. 1, 2021, through March 30, 2022), versus 666,756 during Trump’s final 14 months — up 375% — as he installed 458 miles of border wall.
Border Patrol officers process a migrant family.2,499,190 illegal immigrants breached the US border under President Biden/Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Biden’s figure does not include an estimated 620,000 got-aways who invaded America without even greeting the Border Patrol. Also, 42 foreigners on the terrorist watch list tried to enter the United States during the Biden-Democratic Era, including 23 at the southern “border.”

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Baby Formula Crisis is a Major Issue for Democrats and the Dependency Coalition, Half of all U.S. Baby Formula Sales are Made with WIC Subsidy

Baby Formula Crisis is a Major Issue for Democrats and the Dependency Coalition, Half of all U.S. Baby Formula Sales are Made with WIC Subsidy

If you’ve noticed the democrats being a bit more worried about the baby formula shortage crisis, there’s a good reason for that.  Baby formula is very expensive for the working family.  Subsidizing low-income parents with free infant formula has been dependency initiative for the democrats for a long time.

It’s not just the regular store-bought formula that is in extremely short supply, the government groups and NGO’s that provide the free formula are also out of stock.   The free formula dependency crowd is far madder than the paying purchaser, that spells trouble for democrats.

Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, noting the extreme political damage her House members could feel from an angry dependency base, said today the baby formula shortage is the worst possible crisis in decades.  She called it “unconscionable and tragic,” and in her statement outlined the scale of the problem for Democrats in office:

…”The shortage has taken an especially dangerous toll on women and children from underserved communities: about half of infant formula sold nationwide is purchased with WIC (Women, Infant and Children) benefits.”  (LETTER)

Half of the infant formula sold nationwide is purchased with WIC subsidy?  That’s why the issue is getting urgent attention from Democrats.

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House Counsel Who Subpoenaed McCarthy For Jan. 6 Under Fire For Conflicts Of Interest

House Counsel Who Subpoenaed McCarthy For Jan. 6 Under Fire For Conflicts Of Interest

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was officially subpoenaed by the Select Committee on Jan. 6 along with four other Republican members of the lower chamber in an unprecedented step on Thursday.

Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Andy Biggs of Arizona, and Mo Brooks of Alabama are each demanded to offer testimony to the witch-hunt probe established by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi under threat of contempt charges that have been levied on those who’ve refused to comply.

“The illegitimate January 6th Committee had already turned Congress’s investigative authority into a political weapon; now they’ve turned that weapon on their own colleagues,” said GOP Indiana Rep. Jim Banks, who was appointed as ranking member of the committee but was barred by Speaker Pelosi from serving his minority duty. “If anyone deserves a subpoena, it’s the Speaker, the only person in Congress who is covering up key documents related to January 6th.”

Even more bizarre than the subpoenas issued to sitting lawmakers, however, are the circumstances surrounding their inception.

A congressional subpoena is not necessarily a document of its authorized committee. It is a document of Congress, wherein the authorizing committee votes on its delivery, it gets signed by the chairman, and then it gets approved by the House Counsel’s office, which reviews its legal legitimacy. No subpoena may ever be issued by Congress without the express consent of the House General Counsel, which is also tasked with representing lawmakers.

Douglas Letter, the incumbent general counsel for the House of Representatives, sent a message to members shortly after the subpoenas were issued offering to receive their service on lawmakers’ behalf.

“I am authorized by House Members to accept service of process on their behalf in situations in which they are receiving subpoenas in connection with court proceedings, such as when they are being sued or are being asked to be a witness,” Letter wrote. “In such situations, Members authorize me to play this very limited ministerial role in order to make the service of process mechanism simple and so that they and their offices are not bothered by persons trying to serve process.”

The arrangement, however — according to Stan Brand, an attorney with Brand Woodward Law — presents a grave conflict of interest.

“It’s like calling up your opponent in litigation and offering to accept service on their behalf,” Brand told The Federalist. “How does he do that since his role is on the other side of the case?”

Brand called the conflict “remarkable,” adding, “there are constitutional legal issues involved in the enforcement of these subpoenas.”

Letter did not immediately respond to The Federalist’s request for comment.

Several House lawmakers who were handed official subpoenas on Thursday refused to comply with committee requests to offer voluntary testimony, claiming the investigation is illegitimate.

The Jan. 6 Committee, born in the ashes of the failed Jan. 6 Commission, is operating under questionable authority after Pelosi launched the norm-breaking probe with a prohibition on minority appointments to the panel. Jordan and Banks, now running their own investigation of the Capitol security failures with the speaker at the center, were each kicked from their appointed roles on the select committee in violation of House rules.

Republican lawmakers have consequently been barred from a review of the same material in the hands of Pelosi’s deputies on the panel who’ve selectively leaked their findings of private communications to smear political dissidents.


Tristan Justice is the western correspondent for The Federalist. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan graduated from George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at Tristan@thefederalist.com.

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A Reckless Policy Of ‘Bleeding Russia’ Risks Getting The United States Into A Foolish Foreign War

A Reckless Policy Of ‘Bleeding Russia’ Risks Getting The United States Into A Foolish Foreign War

The New York Times on Wednesday published an op-ed by Tom Stevenson arguing what some of us have been arguing for a while now: the Biden administration is openly — and recklessly — pursuing a policy of escalation in Ukraine that represents a new and very dangerous phase in the war.

Stevenson, a journalist who reported from Ukraine in the opening weeks of the war, argues that initially the United States and its North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies responded to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine rather straightforwardly, with supplies of arms to the Ukrainians and economic sanctions on Russia. But things have changed over the past month.

Now, instead of simply helping Ukraine stave off invasion and conquest, U.S. policy seems to have shifted into something else entirely: the permanent weakening of Russia at any cost. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said so explicitly after a clandestine visit to Ukraine with Secretary of State Anthony Blinken last month. After her own recent visit to Kyiv, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi characterized the war as a global struggle for democracy.

To back up these outlandish claims, the Biden administration has now proposed a $40 billion military aid package to Ukraine, quadruple what the United States has thus far given Ukraine since the outbreak of the war in late February. On top of that, it appears the U.S. military may be providing real-time battlefield targeting intelligence to the Ukrainians, arguably making the United States an active belligerent in the conflict.  

All of this amounts to a major policy shift on the part of the United States, writes Stevenson: “Whereas once the primary Western objective was to defend against the invasion, it has become the permanent strategic attrition of Russia.” This shift, he adds, has “coincided with the abandonment of diplomatic efforts.”

So what possible strategic gain does bleeding Russia in Ukraine hold for the United States? The risks of pursuing such a policy are immense, including the possibility of nuclear war between the world’s top two nuclear powers. If the Biden administration has some overarching goal in mind, it has not bothered to tell the American people. Instead, we are trundling along the road to war as if every decision we make is simply a reaction to Russian aggression.

But in fact, the war itself has shifted dramatically since late February, and conditions now are arguably more favorable to a cease-fire and a negotiated political settlement than they were even a month ago. Having failed in its initial push on Kyiv in the northern part of the country amid fierce resistance from the Ukrainians, Russia has shifted its strategy, limiting its forces to the south and east of Ukraine in hopes of consolidating control of a much more limited territory. 

But instead of recognizing this for the concession that it is and seizing the chance to persuade both sides to stop fighting and make a deal, the United States has responded by publicly calling for the weakening of Russia and committing an enormous amount of taxpayer dollars to arming Ukraine in what might otherwise be turning into a much more limited conflict in the eastern part of that country.

A cynic might conclude that the Biden administration doesn’t really want the fighting to stop and will gladly keep funding a proxy war with Russia, even as it denies that it is doing so. A cynic might also argue that U.S. policy in Ukraine now has very little to do with Ukraine and everything to do with Moscow, possibly even encompassing the dangerous fantasy of regime change in the Kremlin.

That is certainly the view of Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who claimed this week that “we can win this war on behalf of Ukraine.” (Recall that Graham called for the assassination of Russian President Vladimir Putin back in March.)

Indeed, Biden and the Democrats have largely been joined in their strategic folly by most Republicans. Only 57 GOP members of the House voted against the $40 billion aid package to Ukraine this week. 

As things stand now, it’s not unreasonable to suppose a bipartisan consensus is emerging in Washington to expand the war and get the United States directly involved in it under the pretext that the battle for Donbas is, as Pelosi ludicrously claimed, “the frontier of freedom.” To quote Stevenson, “This is not just declamatory extravagance. It is reckless. The risks hardly need to be stated.”


John Daniel Davidson is a senior editor at The Federalist. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Claremont Review of Books, The New York Post, and elsewhere. Follow him on Twitter, @johnddavidson.

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