Biden Administration Invoke Defense Production Act, HHS Will Now Control Means of Production for Baby Formula and Ensure Distribution Equity – IOTW Report

Biden Administration Invoke Defense Production Act, HHS Will Now Control Means of Production for Baby Formula and Ensure Distribution Equity


Do you know what it’s technically called when “government takes control of the means of production?”  Yeah, that.

This afternoon Joe Biden invoked the Defense Production Act (DPA) giving Health and Human Services (HHS) the legal authority to control the supplies needed for the creation of baby formula (how it is made), and the authority to determine distribution equity (who gets it).  Emphasis mine:

White House [DPA Sec. 2] – “[T]he authority of the President conferred by section 101 of the Act to require performance of contracts or orders … is delegated to the Secretary of Health and Human Services with respect to all health resources, including the ingredients necessary to manufacture infant formula.” more

28 Comments on Biden Administration Invoke Defense Production Act, HHS Will Now Control Means of Production for Baby Formula and Ensure Distribution Equity

  1. Name one thing the Government does better than the Private Sector, where there is competition.

  2. Let the government cause a problem so it could take something over to “fix” the problem.

    Oh, and be sure the solution is done in the name of “equity.”

  3. If you think a government agency can and will solve the problem, you haven’t been watching.
    Private industry is motivated to solve the problem, because it leads to profits. In fact the problem exists this year BECAUSE of government.
    Government ‘takeover’ of the problem gives control and opportunity to government agents. They benefit from keeping the crisis going, and by controlling product flow. They won’t want the crisis to end – and have the means to keep it going.

  4. So called equity is not equitable for all, it’s only equitable for favored government classes like women, minorities, illegal aliens, queers and freaks etc. The word equity is just another meaningless buzz word that doesn’t mean what it’s supposed to represent which is fair treatment for all (and I mean all) regardless of their circumstances.

  5. To people that say the government should do something about this, that or whatever, I say being bent over like you are, you might not have noticed the government is doing something.

  6. …I’ve been a beneficiary of the DPA before, and I’m not gonna lie, it’s pretty sweet. I mean, when you’re trying to get stuff done and a supplier, OEM, or component provider says “I’ve got customers ahead of you” and you can wave a paper at them (metaphorically speaking) and say “The Federal Freaking Government says you do NOT” and get your stuff immediately, that’s a nice feeling and a big morale booster to be able to swing that giant Leviathan dick at them and they grovel, like, instantly.

    But that can cut both ways, depending on who Leviathan is smiling upon at any given time, and it’s not nice to have to junk your production schedules, retool for a different product, and tell your existing customers “I can’t meet your schedule, there’s a pedophile in Washington that says my other customers are more important and he said to say “screw you”.

    …ok, you put it differently than that, but the effect is the same, and it ripples through everything as everyone gets their feng shui thrown off by disruptions in anticipated delivery in these deliberately low-inventory “Just-In-Time Delivery” stockkeeping that was a REAL good idea in the ’90’s but a real TERRIBLE one NOW, but it’s too late to change the way you handled the past and there’s no one to fill your larder TODAY.

    …also, it doesn’t really solve ALL your problems. I can get stuff if it exists, great, but now I need someone to recieve it, someone to transport it, someone to cook it, someone to package it, someone to assemble it, someone to palletize it, someone to warehouse it, someone to transport it, and all those folks went and found other things to do during the 4 months they were laid off, and it takes time to contract with some companies and hire and train a butt ton of people for, in some cases, skilled jobs, and all they have available at the temp agency today are two non-English speaking guys who smell like pot and some large pregnant woman who I’m not supposed to ask anything about the pregnancy or how it might limit the roles I put her in even though I could end up getting sued later if anything happens to her or her baby.

    Also, my trainer went to work at a bottling plant in Houston, so I don’t know who I’m gonna have teach the pot smoking guys how to do stuff even if I DO find a translater for whatever obscure argot they are jibbering in. Not that it matters because they could give a crap if they do a good job or no job at all, I’m gonna have to pay ’em awhile either way and the most I can do is tell the temp agency to not send them tomorrow and send the pregnant lady instead, only to find out she was hired over at the Purina plant and dropped her kid on the same day.

    …see what I’m saying?

    The Government tries to command bits and pieces, but has no way to command a unified whole because they don’t know the business and don’t care that they wrecked it by causing a prolonged shutdown in the first place. They say “here’s your crap, now give us perfect finished goods according to MilSpec 19dickety2-subsection D, paragraph (ii), or we’ll shut your shit down again and sue you for contract nonperformance”.

    These people are economic nincompoops and never held an actual job, so they know nothing about what’s involved in this kind of enterprise, and they won’t listen if you try to explain it. Every inspector I’ve ever seen just wants to come in and piss in the corners to establish he’s the boss of you, and then retreat to somewhere air conditioned from which he occasionally dings you for fiddly stuff just to prove he’s still the boss and act like he’s doing something, but they don’t really contribute too much or even show a local understanding of what’s going on as they rotate through a LOT of plants so they don’t know or care what’s going on in any given one beyond throwing their weight around occasionally. Too, they have OSHA authourity so they can ALSO pick on your physical plant if they want, and that’s in addition to state and local inspectors and that’s a LOT of people you have to please just to be able to open the doors every day. and getting a leg up on the thinned out supply chain doesn’t really change that very much.

    …and at the end of the day, it’s just another opportunity for Democrats to pick winners and losers, as in “Equity”, their newest tool to discriminate on the basis of race.

    Like they need more of THAT.

    Not sure where this is in the Constituion, but I’m also pretty sure we can’t hire enough lawyers to argue with them about it.


  8. Picture this from my high school years:

    I’m riding in the back seat of a Chevy Corsica with my friend Russell. Todd (the driver) and his friend are in the front. We pull up to Andy’s house to pick him up and go watch a movie. The driveway to Andy’s house is long and on an incline. Todd parks the car in front of the garage, gets out and walks to the front door.

    When I say Todd parks the car, he doesn’t actually put it in park: he puts it in neutral. And doesn’t put on the emergency brake.

    No one in the car has a license, and Russell is the only one with a permit. So when the car begins to succumb to the force of gravity, he springs into action, leaping between the bucket seats and diving head first into the driver side floorboard to press down the emergency brake with his hands.

    “Where is it?” asks Russell.

    It’s in the center console, of course, now completely covered by Russell.

    “I can’t find it!” Russell says.

    “Get up!” says Todd’s friend.

    “I’m trying to save us!” Russell yells.

    Luckily, the car rolled straight back across the street into the neighbor’s driveway and came to a stop without hitting anything.

    Russell is a fitting analogy for the US government: it’s so convinced it’s doing the right thing that it can’t fathom how its actions could ever make any situation worse.

  9. Irate Nate
    MAY 19, 2022 AT 1:40 PM
    “You’re a sick man, Tony R. Plus I had dibs on the job.”

    …Spike proteins are likely excreted in breast milk of vaxxed women.

    You guys can have it.


  10. Defense Production Act used to make baby formula?

    I can see all manner of SNAFUs and FUBARs, like artillery rounds shipped to babies and baby formula shipped to the troops.

  11. Whenever and wherever you hear something like Ensure Distribution Equity you can substitute Charlie Foxtrot for Equity and get a pretty damn reliable forecast of what to expect.

  12. …also, BTW, does anyone in the Federal Goverment, all of whom are sworn to protect and defend the Constitution, notice that ALL of the “Equity” schemes deliberately, openly, systematically discriminate against one group of people in favor of another for no other reason than skin color, in direct violation of the 14th Amendment?


    …well, alrighty then, don’t act surprised when, you know, people react to that in a somewhat negative way, might wanna work on some lamp post removal legislation just in case…

  13. @SNS
    MAY 19, 2022 AT 1:51 PM
    Irate Nate
    MAY 19, 2022 AT 1:40 PM

    “…Spike proteins are likely excreted in breast milk of vaxxed women.

    You guys can have it.


    I wasn’t volunteering to be a product tester, just want to inspect the potential production facilities. 🙂

  14. I bet to ensure “distribution equity”, that a Gay couple with Twins gets put at the top of the distribution list; so Pete Buttigeg & his hubby/wife will end up with a shitload of baby formula. Charlie Foxtrot it is …

  15. Fact is that the race-hating Joe Biden has actually seized and manipulated the nation’s food supply raw materials. In doing so he gives the illusion to the chronically gullible that he’s “doing something” about the shortages and supply chain stalls he engineered. He engages this by shifting the production-bound materials around to give the impression that food shortages have been stopped. All blatant lies and sinister maneuvering by the known compulsive liar and BARE SHELVES BIDEN who seeks only to gain membership into the global elite members-only club and of which he was rejected multiple times throughout his pretentious career.

Comments are closed.