On Leadership and the Baby Formula Shortage

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Note: This “Moore to the Point” commentary aired on NewsTalkSTL on Saturday, May 14th. Audio included below.

So this week’s hot topic has been the baby formula shortage. We first heard whispers of this after Abbott Nutrition, which accounts for roughly 40 percent of the market, issued a recall in February. A couple of weeks ago, an astute listener called into this station (NewsTalkSTL) to relate that his son had just encountered a woman at Wal-Mart who’d driven 78 miles to find the baby formula she needed for her child.


The Biden administration’s response has been less than reassuring, first shrugging as to who the point person is on the issue, then pointing the finger at consumers for hoarding while simultaneously shipping pallets of formula to the border for use in immigrant holding centers.

Now – don’t get me wrong – people in US custody need to be fed, most especially their children and babies. Setting aside the fact that there wouldn’t be nearly so many people in those holding centers if our government made a passable effort at enforcing the border, the point is that the optics are rotten.

Yes, there are forces in the world out of the control of even our most powerful leaders. But leadership involves stepping up and taking responsibility – and letting the American public see you’re focused on fixing the problem, not just fixing blame.



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