Did you know that from 2006 – 2012, the average family of 4 saw their yearly food bill go up an average of $2,055? When someone is on a limited income, minimum, wage, or Social Security, this is a financial disaster. Add to it the cost of fuel, and the rising cost of electricity, due to environmental policies and the abject greed of the far right when it comes to wind and solar, and you see why today’s minimum wage, and Social Security payment is a joke. But – they say there is no inflation. In 2009 it was estimated that 15% of the increase in food prices was due to ethanol policies.
I can’t consider myself a conservative, not any more. There are numerous reasons, but the primary one is the way they look at those who are in need, the minimum wage, social services, and their libertarian tendencies. I can’t be a liberal because the average liberal is even more worthless when it comes to rank hypocrisy that the average conservative, and that says a heck of a lot. Oh, they talk a great game about wanting to help those in need. They talk about a living wage, and helping we the little people get a break in life, but, the problem is, their environmental ideology is destroying our quality of life, and it isn’t necessary. I have reached the point where I think the liberal elites want to destroy we the little people as much as do the uber wealthy. Only, they do it in a different way. People count, as long as some damn nearly extinct fish doesn’t get in the way. Then, though, protect the blasted fish and destroy the economy of the most populated state in the country. For a handful of fish which are probably extinct by now. It just gets better, just so they don’t hurt the little fishies, water in California will still be diverted, to protect fish which may not exist. If anything is done to end the protection of said water, those wonderful bleeding heart liberals, who want to raise the minimum wage, will let people starve in the streets, just to protect the biological diversity of a damn fish wish is extinct.
Thanks to high oil prices, even more draconian rules for power companies, and the California drought, we the little people are paying far much more for our food than we were a few years ago. From 2013 – 2014 the food prices were projected to rise a good 3.5%. According to the UN, global food prices rose 39% from June 2010 to June 2010. Food prices in the US, in 2012 were projected to go up as much as 4.5. Veggie prices rose 6.2 percent from 1991-2000. From 2000-2014, they went up 7.8%. Some estimates for 2014 were for prices to rise up to 7%. Much was blamed on oil/gas prices, which were lower in the latter part of the year.
- Food at home – 3.7%
- Food away from home – 3.0%
- Meat – 12.7%
- Fish and seafood – 5.6%
- Eggs – 10.7%
- Milk – 5.2%
- Fruits & vegetables – 4.1%
- Coffee – 4.2%
- Butter – 22.5%
- Natural gas – 5.8%
- Footwear – 2.8%
- Prescription drugs – 6.4%
- Newspapers & magazines – 4.8%
- College textbooks – 5.0%
- Cigarettes – 3.1%
- Apartment rent – 3.4%
- Owners equivalent rent – 2.6%
- Hotels – 7.3%
- Water & sewer – 5.6%
- Medical care -2.4%
- Hospital care – 4.9%
- College tuition – 3.4%
- Postage – 4.1%
“…The California drought, one of the worst on record, resulted in higher prices for fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts. Vegetable prices were forecast to rise 4.5 – 5.5%…”
I have absolutely no problem with logical and appropriate environmental policies. We need a clean planet. We need to keep as much bio-diveristy as possible. But, there comes a point where people are more important than a stupid little fish. From 2009:
From the House Committee on Natural Resources.
- California’s water storage and transportation system designed by federal and state governments includes 1,200 miles of canals and nearly 50 reservoirs that provide water to about 22 million people and irrigate about four million acres of land throughout the state.
- In May 2007, a Federal District Court Judge ruled that increased amounts of water had to be re-allocated towards protecting the Delta smelt – a three-inch fish on the Endangered Species List.
- Because of this ruling, in 2009 and 2010 more than 300 billion gallons (or 1 million acre-feet) of water were diverted away from farmers in the Central Valley and into the San Francisco Bay – eventually going out into the Pacific Ocean.
- This man-made drought cost thousands of farm workers their jobs, inflicted up to 40 percent unemployment in certain communities, and fallowed hundreds of thousands of acres of fertile farmland.
- Unemployment remains at a regional average of 17%. With current precipitation at near-record lows, the same regulations will be imposed pushing unemployment even higher.
- The Pelosi-led Congress did nothing to reverse the plight of the San Joaquin Valley and even obstructed repeated Republican actions to reverse the situation. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act reflects Republican promises to avoid another man-made drought.
One of the reasons money doesn’t go as far as it once did is not just because of the minimum wage, which needs to be raised, but also due to food inflation. The problem is, no one wants to discuss food inflation. It is not even calculated into inflation indexing. That way, Washington doesn’t need to give senior citizens a cost of living increase in their Social Security. This means that a person’s social security is not keeping up with the real cost of living, yet Washington doesn’t seem to care that seniors are going without. It’s not just a Republican problem. Both parties are guilty.
What is so ironic is that no one is talking about wage/food pricing other than the libertarians. That alone is just plain wild. Liberals want to raise the minimum wage, which should go up, but try getting them to discuss the policies of the Obama Administration which are making matters worse. Try getting them to mention that their precious green demands are degrading our lives. Nope, they won’t. Instead, they’re going to blame the GOP, and conservatives, who are going to blame liberals and Obama, while they just keep raking in all that lobby money. Yes, the drought in California is a almost historic, but current policies have turned it into a catastrophe which is only going to get worse.
Food prices are killing us. The way that blasted fish has been protected is immoral. It is wrong. Yes, bio-diversity is important, but logic says the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. I don’t know about you, but I find it rather disgusting when people wax poetic about helping others, raising the minimum wage, and demanding a living wage, but are willing to let an entire nation suffer, financially to preserve the legacy of a half dozen fish which are already extinct. It’s rather like put your money where your mouth is – and they aren’t.
Frankly, a pox on both their houses.