Friday, July 02, 2021

Four wings good! Two wings bad!

As you can tell from Friday evening's lead story, the Fair 'n' Balanced Network is very, very upset that some administrations have so little regard for America that they tweet about the price of a holiday cookout:

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki pushed back on Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy's question about a pun-filled tweet from 1600 Pennsylvania Av celebrating a reported 16-cent drop in the cost of an Independence Day barbecue.

"Planning a cookout this year? Ketchup on the news," the White House tweeted Thursday. "According to the Farm Bureau, the cost of a 4th of July BBQ is down from last year. It’s a fact you must-hear(d) – Hot dog, the Biden economic plan is working. And that’s something we can all relish."

"Sixteen cents?" Doocy asked after noting the tweet.

(Yes, Fox needs someone else to write about Doocy's performance at the briefings.)

Psaki replied that there has "been a reduction in some of the costs of key components" of barbecuing. Doocy followed-up by asking whether such a discount is truly impactful given the more-than-$1-per-gallon rise in gas prices since Biden took office – as the administration has taken several steps to curtail America's energy production. 

How do you suppose it looked in ... oh, let's say, 2014?

Before you polish up the tongs for the grilling season, brace yourself.  Rising prices or shortages of many summer barbecue stables may put a damper on that Memorial Day party.

(Let's go ahead and stipulate here that "barbecue stables" is at least as bad as "must-hear(d)," which is from the nether pits of hell itself.)

From booze to burgers, a spike in demand for some classic food and drink items, coupled with harsh weather conditions, has made it more expensive than ever to get your grill fired up. 

Read on to see how your favorite summer foods could go up in smoke -- and plan accordingly.

Does that sound a bit like what you read in May 2008?

Hamburgers and hot dogs? Check. Lighter fluid? Check. Beer? Check. More money?

Americans are about to fire up their barbecues for the start of the summer cookout season, and one thing has become painfully apparent: It's going to cost a lot more than it did last year to roast a burger, or just about any other barbecue favorite, on the grill.

Food inflation is the highest in almost two decades, driven by record prices for oil, gas and mounting global demand for staples such as wheat and corn, and for proteins such as chicken. And that's reaching into Americans' backyards.

How about in 2013?

Talk about a grill buster.  Just in time for summer barbecue season, the price of beef is skyrocketing, which is putting out the flames of meat lovers everywhere.

A ground beef burger costs $3.26 a pound, up from $2.99 a year ago, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Steak averages $4.81 a pound at the store and ground beef $3.51 — historically high numbers, according to economists.

The spike is caused in part by high feed costs because of several droughts that have led to the smallest number of cattle in the U.S. herd since 1952. Last year’s drought — the worst in U.S. history — dried up grazing grasses and sent the costs of corn and soybeans, both used in cattle feed, soaring. The current drought in the Southwest continues to wipe out the feed and make it very expensive to raise cattle.

Good thing our commenters in 2014 knew who to blame, huh?

The cost of living will necessarily rise under my administration, in order to justify my flaky social engineering scheme. Coincidentally, I'll also offer to buy your votes with promises of free stuff.

Hey, mon, obum says we are doing fine in fact better than ever.  Guess, that boy, as never been to the grocery store.

All food prices are rising at an alarming rate.This is a sure fire way  to assure a higher percentage of people will become dependant on government assistance

Obama goes to Martha's Vineyard, takes two whole 747's and a separate $$$$ plane for his dog just like last time, heee really cares that you have a more expensive BBQ rib,,,,,can't you see him cry?

EVERY single stable facet of the American  economy is being attacked in one way or another by the obama group. WATCH OUT AMERICA ! ! !     From the Coal mines to the back yard vegetable garden, we are being monitored and CONTROLLED ! ! !  

No, I'm not suggesting that we should be kinder to inept PR efforts. But given Fox's concern with beer prices, I do think we can conclude by paraphrasing a wise photographer I once worked with: Why drink with Fox when you can drink alone?