Welcome to the Third World: America Runs Out of Basic Goods

Families in the United States are fighting to make ends meet.

A slew of supply chain concerns continues to wreak havoc on their daily lives, despite record-high gas costs and 41-year-high hyperinflation.

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This week, the 19th, an online news organization, featured one such situation, in which an Indianapolis mom, Diamond Cotton, has battled to buy essential necessities for her family.

According to the publication, she has been obliged to trek from shop to shop in search of tampons for her kids, “who have both begun menstruation and would require tampons to go bathing this summer.”

At the very same time, she is 15 months gestation and must consider where the baby formula issue will be months from now.

Her youngest child, now four, was born prematurely and required infant formula since she “couldn’t make sufficient breastmilk to breastfeed him at the time.”

Cotton is concerned because if she is unable to get child care, she will lose her work and, with it, her capacity to provide for her children.

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She’s juggling it all while seeing gas prices rise and shopping for groceries from a list that becomes shorter by the week.

Food inflation affects women more than males, especially those who are the sole breadwinners in their homes. Groceries priced roughly 12% more last month than in May 2021, the highest rise since 1979.

Cotton’s message is simple. “There isn’t enough assistance for mothers and children,” she stated.

Cotton isn’t the only mother dealing with these challenges. Many of them sprang to the fore during the baby formula emergency earlier this year; moms shared accounts of frantically searching for food for their children from shop to store.

In May, Kayla Zurenko, a mother of four, told Fox News Digital, “I have enough formula for two infants for 14 days. How am I going to locate the formula after that?”

Zurenko’s concerns arose while the Abbott Nutritional factory in Sturgis, Michigan remained closed, owing to fears over a bacterial epidemic. That’s despite the fact that no ties between the formulas and sick newborns were identified, according to reports.

As a consequence, the facility reopened in June, only to be forced to close again this week due to floods. As a result, the facility said it will “likely postpone manufacturing and delivery” of new items.

Other product shortages are now hitting the racks. Procter & Gamble affirmed this week that it, too, is experiencing issues.

“To satisfy the growing demand for our goods, the Tampax team is making tampons 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” the firm stated in a statement.

“We are collaborating with our local retailers to maximize supply, which has greatly risen over the previous several months.”

All of this comes as the midterms approach. Americans are coping with supply chain constraints, rising gas costs, and 41-year rampant inflation with no respite in sight in Biden’s America.

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