Beef prices will be 90% higher in 2015 than they were in 2009 when Barack Obama took office. If you don’t think this is a looming disaster for Democrats, you do not live in reality.
One of the reasons Ronald Reagan was able to so soundly defeat Jimmy Carter was, during their final debate, he asked the American people if they were better off in 1980 than they were in 1976. He cleaned Carter’s clock. Today, since 2008, food prices in this country are up 45%. They are expected to go even higher due to the drought in California and the deplorable way the Administration has handled it. If the Dems are not careful, when people finally start looking at the surging numbers, and some bright Republican comes up with a way to exploit the numbers, they are in big trouble. The GOP is vulnerable because, while prices are skyrocketing, they are cutting the daily allocation of food stamps.
“...As Economist Chinn points out this is a fairly steep cut. For a family of three receiving maximum benefits, it equates to losing 16 meals a month, a family of four loses 21 meals and this is assuming they can eat on $1.70 a day. The food stamp cuts mean benefits will average less than $1.40 per meal per person according to the CBPP. Anyone try to make a meal for $1.40 that is nutritious with all of the food groups? One small Apple costs 50¢ and one green pepper costs at least 60¢. In other words, anyone aware of prices knows a good meal cannot be had for $1.40. The cuts reduce food stamp spending by $5 billion in fiscal year 2014 and these cuts continue to a total of $16 billion by the end of fiscal year 2016. This means in 2014, a family of four will experience a 5.4% drop in food stamp benefits. This is dramatic when food stamps do not cover enough food for the month already….”
Food costs are continuing to rise. The reason is due to the drought in California, the hog virus, and now the bird flu in chickens in Iowa. Prices could be lowered if the Administration would put we the little people of the United States ahead of a now extinct fish, and allow the Imperial Valley to have the water diverted to save 27 damn fish.
“…“Living standards will suffer as a larger percentage of household budgets are spent on grocery store bills, leaving less for discretionary spending,” says economist Chris Christopher of IHS Global Insight.
A drought that thinned cattle herds two years ago has driven up wholesale beef prices 23% the past year, according to Sterling Marketing. Meanwhile, a virus outbreak in the hog population has pushed up pork prices by 56%, the firm says….”
Low income families and seniors are hit the worst. Because food and gas prices are not calculated into inflation numbers, senior citizens who rely on their Social Security checks, are now spending at least $2000 more on food than they were when Obama took office. They are not receiving viable cost of living increases in their Social Security checks. Just look at it as having two thousand bucks cut off the top of what you had, six years ago. A family of four, on a limited budget, is in even worse shape. According to one study:
The $2000 number was calculated from 2006 – 2012. According to the LA Times, in 2014, because of the way water was being rationed in California, to save a now extinct fish, add $500 to that $2000 price tag. One thing that truly bothers me is that liberals don’t comprehend that when farmers go out of business, and their costs surge, prices go up, accordingly. Conservatives don’t give a damn, and liberals live in a state disconnected from reality.
The price of pastrami in Manhattan has gone up 47% from 2013 to 2014. We don’t even know how much more it will be in 2015. The drought is destroying organic dairy farms. The problem is that the average economist is completely out of touch with reality.
There are many reasons food prices have skyrocketed, and the drought in California is not the only reason. Growers don’t have enough workers. There are more rules an regulations than ever. And, then there are the distributors and food stores. They are the ones who make all the money. The real problem here is that, even though costs will eventually go down for growers, the prices we see will never go down, because distributors know how much they can charge us. None of this is factored into inflation. It isn’t about inflation, it is about greed. No one bothers to realize that over half this country is prime real estate for growing food. But, no one wants to farm. It’s hard work, with the grower being squeezed by the higher rungs on the ladder.
Politicians in this country are completely out of touch with reality. They listen to economists, and big industry, but don’t bother talking to we the little people, who are living an increasingly bleak life. In this day and age, there is no excuse for such an existence, not in the United States of America. There is a very good reason people have begun screaming about a raise in minimum wage. The Federal minimum wage is $7.25/hour. If someone on minimum wage is fortunate enough to have 40 hours work, they are making $290 a week, on paper. In a two week pay period, that is $580. My gross calculations for with-holding are that a person will take home approximately $460 if they are single. That gives a person a monthly take-home of $928, or $11,138. There has been no change since 2008. Yet, during that same time frame, food costs will have risen around $2500. A person who was taking home $11,138, now has $8636, once food costs are deducted, to spend.
This is an ongoing problem none of our politicians want to address. Granted, my calculations are always incorrect, thanks to my incompetence with numbers and dyslexia, but you get the point. A minimum wage hike is required, just for people to have the same standard of living they did while George W. Bush was in office. The Administration likes to say that insurance costs have gone down, or only risen, slightly, but 2 years ago I was paying $164/month for incredible insurance. Just to get the same thing, here in New Mexico, I need to shell out close to $900 bucks a month. I have no health insurance. I can’t afford it. But we are told how wonderful the ACA was. It is a joke.
The POTUS candidate who taps into the abject insanity with rising food prices, and has the nerve to realize that the way the Feds calculate inflation is a crock, and then shows people in this country that he/she understands what is going on, is going to come out the winner.
We have a problem in this country. I like Barack Obama. I voted for him in 2012 because I could not tolerate Mitt Romney. I still can’t. But, it is becoming increasingly obvious that Obama is either out of touch with the every day realities of life in this country, or doesn’t give a damn. I don’t know which is the worst, either. If a politician wants to win, try living the way so many of us do, on a terribly limited income, battling obscene electrical costs, mercurial fuel prices, and sees their grocery bill go up, almost every week. We live in an amazing country. People should not be required to have a lower standard of living, primarily because those in office are terrified of the environmental movement and don’t have the honor and fortitude to pull the plug on a stupid fish which is most likely extinct.
People are more important than fish. Somewhere this country has managed to forget the fact that people come first. I know, it makes me look like I am not in touch with the fragile biodiversity of the planet. We must have a clean world, in order to keep people healthy. But, and I am a Christian. I fully believe that God gave us control over the planet. We are more important than a blasted fish.
There is a reason why people in this country are in an uproar. The bottom line is not police brutality, but the fact that the dollar is not going as far as it once did. When people feel hopeless, they do insane things. What we are seeing in this country is the simmering anger and dismay of people who have lost all hope. Our lives have been diminished since 2008. There is no logical excuse for this. There is no logical excuse for the denigration of our lives. The POTUS candidate who can fully comprehend how the quality of our lives has eroded is going to come out on top.
People matter more than fish.
Since 2010, here in NM, PNM has been allowed to raise power rates 41%. Not only that, but they have been allowed to calculate average usage which is nearly 10% below the national average. They price on a 3 tier system. If you use 20% over their calculations, you pay the SECOND HIGHEST RATES in the nation. This is a degradation of life. There is a very good reason we the little people think that the deck is stacked against us.
We need people running for office who know what it is like to be required to make ends meet, who understand poverty, despair, and economical hopelessness. The person who can do that, and tap into Reagan’s patriotic optimism is going to come out on top. We need a little patriotism. We don’t need more religion rammed down our throats, but we need a reason to get out there and celebrate this great land. Right now, there’s not much to celebrate. The last thing this nation needs is a hard-handed dose of Ayn Rand libertarian insanity. It is as counter-productive as is extreme liberal.
We need normal, disparately.