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Rising Cost Of Obama Liberalism Spiking The Price Of Your Easter Dinner

April 7, 2012

Meat is becoming a luxury item at the food banks under Obama’s “hope and change.”  From the AP:

Ham prices high heading into Easter holiday
JOSH FUNK AP Business Writer Published: April 4, 2012 7:49PM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Ham will be the centerpiece of many Easter dinners this weekend, but the cost of that traditional main dish may make it harder for families to live high on the hog.

Ham prices have been higher than usual for the past two years because the cost of hog feed has gone up, and some major pork producers are spending millions to convert barns as they phase out cramped cages used to confine pregnant sows.

Ham has been selling wholesale for 75 to 80 cents per pound this spring, which is in line with last year’s prices but well above the 55 cents per pound average for the previous five years.

A recent check at one Omaha-area supermarket found boneless Hormel hams selling for about $2.20 per pound, with bone-in hams slightly cheaper. With sales offered this week to attract Easter shoppers, it was possible to get a bone-in ham for as little as $1.28 per pound.

Paula Vejvoda of Omaha said she’s had her Easter ham in the freezer since Christmas, when she bought it on sale so she could economically feed her two daughters, two exchange students and husband.

“You really have to watch the ads and see who has the best price,” Vejvoda said.

That’s good advice for families, but hard to do when you’re trying to provide ham for hundreds of people at a food pantry.

Joyce Lonergan, food pantry director at St. Anthony’s Shrine in downtown Boston, said she tries to arrange to have a special meal at each holiday to help boost people’s spirits, but the prospect seemed daunting when the pantry began shopping for hams back in January. They were selling for $2.30 per pound, not the 99 cents per pound paid last year.

With added donations and some breaks from suppliers, St. Anthony’s was able to secure ham steaks and chickens for the holiday meal.

“We’ve made it work only because people have been so generous,” Lonergan said.

Livestock economist Shane Ellis said the price of ham isn’t likely to drop soon because pork producers’ costs aren’t decreasing. Feed, which is mainly corn, is running about $6 a bushel — not far from the record $7.99 per bushel set last June.

Pork producers also are switching from gestation crates to more open pens amid public pressure from consumers and animal welfare advocates who believe the smaller cages are cruel. One major producer, Smithfield Foods, recently said it expects to spend nearly $300 million by 2017 to convert its barns.

The switch also requires more labor to manage the sows because they tend to fight. Some of those costs are likely to be passed on to consumers.

Americans consume about 51 pounds of pork a year on average, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

While ham is a traditional element of many Easter meals, Ellis said prices typically peak in June, near the height of the grilling season when demand is highest. The low point is usually at the end of the calendar year because that’s when large numbers of hogs reach the market.

Many organizations, like the Food Bank for the Heartland, don’t even attempt to deliver a special holiday meal to the people they help because their goal is to offer the most nutritious food at the lowest possible price.

Donations from business and individuals have been down over the past two years, making it harder to keep up with the need in the 93 counties in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa that the food bank serves, spokesman Brian Barks said.

Most food pantries, shelters and other programs receiving food from the Omaha food bank this Easter will receive staples like pasta, peanut butter or canned chicken. The food bank recently received 4,200 3-pound hams from the USDA, but Barks said those were gone within a couple of weeks.

“Meat has almost become a luxury item at the food bank,” he said.

That 55 cent wholesale price average (under Bush) to Obama’s new 80 cent price amounts to a 45.45 percent increase.  And the food pantries that are seeing their prices spike from 99 cents last year to $2.30 this year?  That’s a  132.32 percent increase in the price of food for poor people.  Which amounts to a “Happy Easter Hope and Change” from your false messiah.

And why can you point a finger at liberals?  There were two reasons given for the price spike – and both are DIRECTLY the fault of the left.

The first was the price of feed.  Why is feed so sky-high?  Because Obama and his liberal swine (a fitting term when talking about ham being so out-of-control due to liberals) have doubled-down and then tripled-down on ethanol subsidies – which have artificially and massively increased corn prices as we are literally burning our food to replace the hated oil which is far cheaper without massive subsidies.

The second reason – and what do you know, this is also right out of the liberal playbook – is the huge costs and labor associated with keeping liberals from demonizing hog farmers for their “inhumane conditions” (reality alert: pigs aren’t considered humans except when they vote “Democrat”).  It sure aint right-wing Rush Limbaugh conservatives throwing paint at women who wear fur.

So, just to make sure I’m clearly stating my point: this is ENTIRELY DUE TO THE LEFT.

Along with fuel (which rose from $1.85 to $3.94 under Obama’s watch for a massive 114 percent increase) and out-of-control rent prices (people can’t buy homes after Obama’s failed policies and then add in gigantic food inflation, the result is huge competition for rentals), and you have a shocking regressive tax on the poor whom Obama is always falsely saying he’s helping.

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Inflation Back On The Table As Part Of Obama’s ‘Hope and Change’ Misery Buffet

April 7, 2012

Obama loves the poor: that’s why he’s created so damn many of them.

In the God damn America of Barack Obama, the poor people that Obama promised his policies would save are (of course) unable to buy a house while watching their rents skyrocket.

They could live in their cars, but damn it’s too expensive for them to pay the regressive tax of Obama’s gas prices.

Of course, it used to be that you could always at least find a minimum wage job to help make ends meet – but Obama in his abundant compassion kept milions from that kind of drear and drudgery.

The thing is, Michelle Obama would never say, “Let them eat cake” and is frankly offended that cake is being wasted on the proletariet who clearly don’t deserve cake until November when it’s time to vote again.

There is a shocking increase in food prices:

As is often the case, there is a big difference between what the government statistics are reporting and what’s going on in the real world. According to the most recent inflation reading published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), consumer prices grew at an annual rate of just 1.1% in August.

The government has an incentive to distort CPI numbers, for reasons such as keeping the cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security payments low. While there’s no question that you may be able to get a good deal on a new car or a flat-screen TV today, how often are you really buying these things? When you look at the real costs of everyday life, prices have risen sharply over the last year. For simplicity’s sake, consider the cash market prices on some basic commodities.

On average, our basic food costs have increased by an incredible 48% over the last year (measured by wheat, corn, oats, and canola prices). From the price at the pump to heating your stove, energy costs are up 23% on average (heating oil, gasoline, natural gas). A little protein at dinner is now 39% higher (beef and pork), and your morning cup of coffee with a little sugar has risen by 36% since last October.

Good thing Obama can use the same math to calculate inflation that he’s using to calculate his uemployment rate.  That way he and his media propaganda can keep assuring us that things are going just swell.

Mitt Romney sums up Obamanomics thus:

“Today, we have a different set of ailments. Instead of unemployment coupled with inflation, we have a toxic blend of unemployment, debt, home foreclosures, and bankruptcies,” he says. “Their sum total is what we can call the Obama Misery Index. It is at a record high. Indeed, it makes even the malaise of the Carter years look like a boom.”

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I sum up Obamanomics this way:

I hope none of this is giving anybody a headache.  Because ObamaCare is all about dumping millions of patients into Medicaid – and doctors are fleeing Medicaid the way rats flee sinking ships.  And lifesaving drugs are becoming as scarce thanks to the brave new world of ObamaCare as bread was on the shelves of the former Soviet Union.