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Pardon My Rant

May 20th, 2022 at 04:52 am

Gas hit $5.29 a gallon cash price and ten cents more for credit cards.  Diesel hit $5.49 per gallon.  So the cost of food will go up even higher now.  I hope you all have been paying attention to me for the last couple of years, but especially this year, when I told you to stock up on food, meds, and personal care items.  I have not been wrong about this yet and it is going to get worse before it gets better.

Did you know that in Washington state they are uncovering an extra digit on the big digital gas signs with the amounts on them, because they are anticipating $10/gallon gas coming up?  Some gas stations have run out of gas entirely.  I hope they suspend the gas taxes here like they have in other states.  We are not a living wage city for the most part and we are sprawled so it is not easy to get across the city on a bicycle or on foot and the climate is not conducive to it most of the year.  The bus system is already packed and they don't have enough buses to run anymore of them, so they can't just add more runs.

Some of the McDonalds in my state are starting to offer $20/hour to help offset gas prices so employees can get to work.  And you know what that means, right?  The food there is going to go up to compensate.  And it will go up to compensate higher delivery costs because of the gas prices.  It's a vicious circle spiraling ever higher and out of control.

The same thing is going on at grocery stores and stuff clearly isn't getting delivered on time so sits in the warehouses too long and gets put out on the shelves when it shoud be chucked out.  And we get to go through rotten, moldy produce to hopefully find something edible, when two years ago we would have turned our noses up at the very thought.

Meanwhile our infrastructure crumbles, our manufacturing isn't done at home so shortages abound, the Fed prints money out of air that we can't back up, and raises interest rates causing inflation to get worse, the stock market tanks, and our administration does whatever it can to sucker punch our energy independence over and over again and then blames the last year and a half on Putin and not their own policies.

Dustbowl states believe a new Dustbowl type of situation is coming and the lack of fertilizer won't help.  There's too much rain except where their is too much drought.  Basic supplies and animal feed are in short supply, meaning meat prices will go up a lot more and many will not be able to afford it anymore.  Welcome to being a second world country, America, where you can't even find baby formula.  If things don't change soon, this is the beginning of the New Great Depression, make no mistake.




5 Responses to “Pardon My Rant”

  1. mumof2 Says:

    I find this really weird, our gas prices have gone down lately...we have never had a shortage of electrical goods, food has been fine here...which I thought it would not be due to bushfires then covid and our country was cut off from pretty much the whole world for 2 has gone up but we expected that and people are struggling...but I figure people want their junk food to eat then they are going to have to pay for it and everything is going to go up...I am hoping that australia nad the US both get back into manufacturing things again so they can make products that last and creates jobs etc...if things are not being delivered it means they don't have enough trucks or with so many out of work what is the issue with that? unfortunately i think things are going to get worse before they get better...the world is in turmoil and many of the world leaders shouldn't be running the countries they do

  2. Wink Says:

    I agree Lucky Robin. I stock up on items I use whenever I see them on "sale". I just got back from the grocery store and the gallon jugs of iced tea I usually buy are now up to $2.99, up from $2.69 just 2 weeks ago. And I have been commenting on the low quality of fresh produce for a while now. Other than fresh spinach and apples (when I can actually find good ones), I just buy frozen veg now. Between inept government and policies (both sides of the aisle), droughts or flooding, wildfires, wars, pandemics, supply chain issues etc., I see no end in sight.

  3. Sue Says:

    I, unfortunately, have to totally agree with you. My husband just paid $5.50 for gas at Sam's yesterday here in Northern California Frown. Food prices are astronomical, and I am trying to grow as much as possible like you. The problem is...we are in such a drought and it is SO incredibly hot it is scorching all my veggies even though I water twice a day which might not fly once our water is monitored. Our retirement is lower than it has ever been and I am just at a loss of what to do.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    I'm with you, Lucky Robin. I've always tried to keep things on hand, but as things worsen, I pick up an extra can of this and an extra bottle of that. I'm not trying to hoard, but I don't want to either do without or pay so much that it isn't worth it. We planted more this year as far as root vegetables. We only have a limited amount of space, so we are making do. I planted radishes in a small child's wagon that I filled with dirt so I can move it around to get the sun.

  5. Amber Says:

    Gas is absolutely ridiculous. When I find myself complaining I rem er it’s about $12 USD in Greece, crazy. I’ve started walking to the grocery store.

    I’ve been saying since 2020 we are in a recession it’s just most weren’t feeling it and now we are starting to. It’s going to get worst before it gets better

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