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Leave it to Evers: Tony attacks business again

Empower Wisconsin  | May 31, 2022

Tough-talking Tony Evers wants you to believe he’s going to solve the baby formula shortage crisis by incriminating the people who make it and sell it.

The Democrat governor signed an order and an accompanying press release “prohibiting infant formula price gouging.”

“No kid should ever go hungry, and no parent should have to worry about having access to formula, especially if their infant has special nutritional needs,” Evers said, stating the obvious. “As families continue to feel the squeeze of rising costs and folks face difficulty getting supplies and resources quickly, this order makes it clear that retailers looking to take advantage of vulnerable families during this formula shortage will not be tolerated.”

By golly, folks, Tony’s not going to tolerate any monkey business.

While his press release notes the ongoing national supply chain issues and a recall of powdered formulas as leading causes of the crisis, he fails to mention how we got here. Wonder why? It might have something to do with the fact that his party’s doddering leader, President Joe Biden and his administration, have made an absolute mess of things.

As Reason’s Eric Boehm reports:

Officials say the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was slow to respond to a crippling shortage of baby formula in part because a crucial report got lost in the mail.

In testimony to a House subcommittee this week, FDA Commissioner Robert Califf confirmed that a whistleblower report detailing potentially unsanitary conditions at the Abbott Nutrition baby formula plant in Michigan did not reach the proper officials at the agency because of a mistake in the agency’s mailroom. The Washington Post reported earlier this week that the 34-page report took four months to reach the proper desk at the FDA. By the time it did, several infants had been sickened by tainted formula from the plant, which was shut down in February. That closure (along with protectionist regulations and trade policy) triggered the ongoing national shortage.

The mailroom mix-up was only one example of how the FDA screwed up its response to the Abbott plant’s problems. In testimony to Congress, Califf said the agency’s decisions were “too slow” at the start and “suboptimal along the way.”

Just like soaring inflation, Democrats in control are pretending to fix a problem that they created.

Evers, the former educator, once again is just copying from the work of another liberal.

New York Mayor Eric Adams earlier issued an order invoking city rules that prohibit merchants from raising prices more than 10 percent from where they were 30–60 days preceding the emergency. Adams, like Evers, urged people to report potential gouging to the city’s Department of Consumer and Worker Protection.

As Boehm notes, “Laws and regulations outlawing acute price hikes in response to a sudden shortage, i.e. price ‘gouging,’ are as politically popular as they are economically counterproductive….”

“…when price hikes are constrained, the people who get to the store first will buy more formula. The people who get to the store later will either get nothing or, at best, pay even more inflated prices in the inevitable baby formula black market.”

Evers, an anti-business leftist, has grown quite fond of blaming business.

He used his State of the State address this year in part to attack employers for surging inflation that is devouring personal income. He insisted then that “they’ve squeezed consumers for every extra penny, raising everyday costs for folks in Wisconsin and across our country.” Without any proof, of course.

These are the words and actions of a failed leader who is desperate to stave off failure at the polls come November.

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