Archive for May 9, 2022

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By: Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – When I read an article about rising food costs and see something like “Milk is 13% more expensive than last spring, and beef prices are up 16% over last year,” those numbers are vague to me. They don’t process. I can look at 13% and 16% and know those are pretty good price jumps, but the impact of rising food prices is much more obvious when you look at individual items.

For example, one of the things we purchase is cat litter. Six months ago, we were paying $3.56 for a 5 lb. bag; now, the same bag is just over $5.  I sometimes purchase these little individual cups of Del Monte grapefruit for grab and go breakfast. Six months ago, it was right at $1 for one of these; now it’s $1.53. I guess that is still a low cost for breakfast, but it’s indicative of a much larger problem.

These rising prices are affecting everything you put in your shopping cart. A store manager recently told me that the rising costs stem from having to pay more for materials, for inks to print labels, to the higher cost of producing the product you are actually buying, and the transportation to get it to your store. Even labor shortages contribute to higher costs.

Part of the problem is all of that stimulus money which has to be reabsorbed back into the system; more money floating around means rising prices. Another factor is soaring fertilizer prices, the effects of which will continue to make food costs rise worldwide.

Bottom line is that even to a non-economist person like me, we can see that prices of literally everything we buy are soaring and there seems to be no end to it.

More than once lately I have wished for a big vegetable garden; sadly, I don’t have enough sun in my yard to even grow a tomato plant.

Because my husband is retired military, we have access to the commissary which has traditionally offered lower prices for many items, but now this is one area where shortages are quite evident, and shelves are bare. Prices seem to be about in line with prices everywhere else now. While there is still some savings to be had on certain items there, the bottom line is that comparison shopping is becoming an art form.

We have been watching sale flyers for the grocery stores and stocking up on shelf-stable items when we can. If coffee is on sale, we stock up. I find I’m buying fewer snack items (not a bad thing!) that before and I’m stretching leftovers and being more mindful about waste.

It makes me worry about the working poor – and maybe I’m in that group! – who don’t qualify for government assistance but who isn’t wealthy either. Between rising gas prices, rising food prices, and overall inflation, we will all be on tighter budgets for some time to come.

Clipping coupons has never been my thing; I either forget them or resent having to by a dozen of something just to save a quarter, but maybe I need to take another look!

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport and at Medium; she is the author of Cane River Bohemia: Cammie Henry and her Circle at Melrose Plantation. Follow her on Instagram @patbecker25 and Twitter @paustin110.

That’s all I can stands, I can’t stands no more!

Popeye the sailor (repeated quote before eating his spinach & beating the bad guy)

When the IRS was busy going after conservatives under Obama I wrote this:

If you’ve read the first three parts of my worries concerning the IRS scandal there is one assumption that might not make sense to you. The left often portrays the Tea Party as a group of violent gun toting thugs, ready to snap into a multi-shot rage at the drop of a hat. A collection of cowboys. That being the case, why on earth would they not fear to provoke such well armed people with  a violent streak?

The answer is very simple. The left may say all these things about the right and violence, but the leaders who spew this stuff know it simply isn’t true. They’ve seen the tea party crowds pick up after themselves, they’ve seen the right to life marches bury the capital in people without an arrest. They saw Glenn Beck events take place with little or no incidents. Even more significantly they’ve seen their own speakers at colleges around the country walk without fear while speakers of the right need massive security to function. This has gone on for years and years and years without a reaction. The left assumes that as long as they don’t strike first at the right they can do what they wish.  It’s reached the point where the very suggestion that the right would fight back is almost quaint.

Since then we have had a stolen election, peaceful protesters locked up for months without trail for trespassing while rioters and looters in US cities are let loose, police targeted (unless they shoot conservative trespassers) parents labeled as domestic terrorists, SCOTUS opinions leaked to try to rob a ruling, massive censorship and an actual mister of disinformation appointed.

All of these things have targeted conservatives and that’s not even considering the inflation, debacle in Afghanistan and the renewed threat of Nuclear War to save graft for the left funneled through Ukraine threated by the Russian invasion.

And now we have folks being harassed at Churches and firebombings:

I stand amazed that we have not had an actual shooting Civil War or Lincoln County war on a national scale. The left seems to think it’s impossible but it’s becoming more and more likely as they continue to act more and more desperate.

I think the only thing saving us from this result is the likelyhood of the left getting stomped in the upcoming election not to mention 2024 but let me make a rather unpleasant prediction.

If we see this Supreme Court ruling stolen, and election 2022 stolen as well I think the very well armed right will decide that neither the courts nor the ballot are legit and will finally reach the points of “That’s all I can stands I can’t stands no more.”

Because once the right decides to cross that line I suspect it will not stop with firebombs and beatings I suspect it will be more like that famous warning from the Magnificent Seven that Vin gives the famers in the village plagued by bandits:

Once you begin you have to be prepared for killing and more killing, and still more killing until the reason for it has gone.

The right doesn’t want this which in my opinion is the only reason it hasn’t happened.

People on the left who have lived their lives in the safest and most pampered nation in the world have no idea how bad it’s going to be if the decision to cross that line is made. As a person who reads history I do and I urge those on the left who are not actively seeking a bloodbath to think very carefully and move away from the ledge for the sake of us all.

Because they will not like the new rules, not one bit.