Monday, August 20, 2007

Can Your Family Still Afford To Vote Republican?

Think I'm kidding?

But, wait!

That graphic doesn't tell the whole story...

The Bureau of Labor Statistics said in its July inflation report that egg prices are 33.7 percent higher than they were in July 2006. Over the same period, according to the department's consumer price index, whole milk was up 21.1 percent; fresh chicken 8.4 percent; navel oranges 13.6 percent; apples 8.7 percent. Dried beans were up 11.5 percent, and white bread just missed double-digit growth, rising by 8.8 percent.

But things for sale at the mall are getting cheaper, you say?

Across the economy, rising food prices were offset by falling prices for things bought at the mall: computers, cameras, clothing and shoes.

"All of that stuff is going down in price, but prices for gasoline have gotten higher, and food prices have gone up," said Mark Vitner, a senior economist for Wachovia, a large national bank based in Charlotte, N.C.

People also go to the mall a lot less than they go to the grocery store, so they're constantly reminded that dietary staples are up sharply.

Besides, are you going to believe a multimegabank economist who works for Wachovia or your own monthly bank statement?

Food, gasoline, property taxes, hidden fees, mortgage costs (Don't even get me started on the housing bubble meltdown, which economists completely ignored until it burst in their faces), tuition... and the beat goes on.

Hey, if you like being screwed by faceless companies, keep voting R. And that goes for those local R yokels you're scared shitless of because they control the Chamber of Commerce and play Caesar's thumbs up/down game with small biz startups.

Just don't come crying to President Hillary Richardson Obama Edwards for an upper-middle class lifestyle handout when your shit hits your fan. S/he'll be too busy trying to feed the truly needy and jumpstart the R-destroyed US economy and trying to clean up the R-created global diplomatic rubble.

Best bar bet in the world: Delilah didn't do it.
Judges 16:19--


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