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U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today joined Fox and Friends to discuss the ongoing shortage of baby formula in the United States. Thune noted that this is yet another demonstration of the Biden administration’s incompetence, partly due to adhering to an ideological agenda without regard for the numerous consequences and higher costs for American families.
On the shortage of baby formula:
“They didn’t catch it on day one, and as typical in this administration, they want to blame somebody else. So they’re blaming Abbott and the other manufacturers, but the FDA should have known about this. They should have reacted a lot sooner.
“And this is another in a long list of examples in the Biden economy of products that people either can’t get or are paying a lot more for. This is the inflationary issue that they’ve created, and this shortage is another example, I think, of basic government competence.
“And I’ve said this before, but you can disagree or agree with them on policies and their ideology and all that, and there’s plenty to disagree with there. But on a basic level, this is a government that just doesn’t do things well. They’re not a competent government.”
On the Biden administration’s failure to anticipate the shortage:
“It’s like so many other things in this administration. They always seem like they’re caught off guard. Part of it is because they aren’t paying attention to the signals out there. They aren’t reacting quickly enough, and they aren’t putting, you know, solutions and mechanisms in place to respond to a crisis like this.
“But this is a crisis for American families. I mean, they’re paying more for everything, and in cases like baby formula, which, you know, basic survival items, when you can’t get it, that is a major crisis. And one, certainly, that they should have anticipated a long time ago.”
On the administration adhering to an ideological agenda regardless of the consequences for American families:
“I think part of it, Will, is this is an administration that is bent on an ideological agenda, and they seem intent on pursuing it no matter what the consequences. Gas price is a good example. I mean, why would you shut down energy production in this country unless your goal is to get everybody into electric vehicles?”
“They don’t care about high gas prices because it fits that ideological agenda.
“What I’m hoping they’re gonna find out in the midterm elections is that’s a really bad strategy. And we need a check and balance against these guys. I mean, if you leave them and their administration to their own devices, you’re going to get a lot of left-wing policies, they’re going to cause a lot of pain for a lot of American people.”