May 11, 2022 4 min read

$40 Billion To Ukraine During Baby Food Crisis

Jen Psaki implied there might not be anything the White House could do.
$40 Billion To Ukraine During Baby Food Crisis

In Today’s Issue 💬

  • What’s going on with baby formula?
  • Forty billion to Ukraine with some dissent.
  • Some headlines to keep you in the loop

📈 Inflation.

The consumer price index was 8.3% in April, more than the 8.1% estimate. Grocery store prices are up 10.8%, the highest in nearly 42 Years. Inflation isn’t under control yet. Read more.

What’s going on with baby formula?

Baby formula has been in low supply for months—but the problem is reaching a critical level and becoming a national issue. Three in four babies are fed formula during their first six months. It’s a massive crisis.

The problem: Twenty-six states are struggling to supply baby formula products, and some areas are seeing 40-50 percent out of stock. The recent shortage is driven by recalls after four cases of infants falling ill with bacterial infections. Now mothers are facing severe barriers to feeding their newborns.

What’s being done to solve the problem? Not much. The FDA and formula manufacturers are saying they are doing everything, including increasing production and shipping products from Europe, but the shortage isn’t improving.

From the Biden Administration: Jen Psaki implied there might not be anything the White House could do. The administration hasn’t announced any plans to curb the crisis. Their focus is on Ukraine.

Forty billion to Ukraine

The White House initially requested $33 billion in military and humanitarian aid packages for Ukraine. Yesterday, the House passed $40 billion instead.

Putting it into perspective: The total expenditure for the war in Ukraine has been close to $14 billion so far. The cumulative total would be $54 billion—more than the average annual amount spent in Afghanistan. It’s a massive amount.

Fifty-seven republicans dissented and voted no against the aid. Why? Many Republicans are disappointed that pressing domestic issues are being deprioritized. Inflation, gas prices, shortages, supply chain issues, border security, and the baby formula crisis are all set aside.

The biggest winners of the package are weapons manufacturers, especially after concerns about demand after the Afghanistan War ended. Their stock prices have soared since the beginning of the war. Read more in Glenn Greenwald’s recent article.

Closed Borders Were Once Bipartisan

The Left has shifted on immigration:  Open border policy wasn't mainstream on the Left until recent years. For decades, progressive leaders considered it necessary and fair to carefully manage the border and place limits on immigration.

Before Trump, mainstream Democrats like Bernie Sanders, Barack Obama, and more were firm on border policy in word and deed. Read our newest article about the old progressive movement and civil rights hero Cesar Chaves.

🗞 In the loop

📲 Elon Musk says he would ‘reverse the permanent ban’ of Donald Trump on Twitter. However, Trump has said that he won’t return to Twitter even if allowed back on. Read more.

🎁 Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors has admitted throwing two parties at the organization’s expensive $6 million Los Angeles mansion despite suggesting she’d never used the property for personal gain. Read more.

🧑‍⚖️ Immigration courts will now be allowed to take into account the mental health history of an illegal immigrant convicted of an aggravated felony when considering their asylum claim or whether to withhold their deportation. This will be used as an excuse not to deport. Read more.

⁉️ Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen entered one of the most politically charged US debates on Tuesday, saying the economy would suffer if the Supreme Court significantly limits women’s access to abortion. Read more.

🍿 Incoming White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre falsely claimed that the 2018 Georgia governor election was “stolen” from Stacey Abrams. Read more.

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