The Biden administration is touting a whopping sixteen-cent drop in the cost of an Independence Day barbecue this year, but as inflation viciously bites Americans in the wallet the claimed reduction just doesn’t add up.
The explosive claim by the White House social media team to counter inflation fears on Thursday was mocked far and wide as they claimed the exact opposite of what everyone is experiencing over the holiday: “Planning a cookout this year?” the cringe-worthy tweet crowed. “Ketchup on the news. 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.”
The tasteless and erroneous tweet also promoted the price change for certain food items. Reductions in pricing included a purported eight percent drop in the cost of two pounds of hamburger from last year. Also noted was the price of a pound of sliced cheese and a 13-ounce bag of potato chips, which they posit are both down one percent. Also highlighted was the cost of a half-gallon of vanilla ice cream which is allegedly down five percent from 2020.
All told, that’s a gigantic savings of sixteen cents. However, the White House should have checked with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) before running with those numbers. Just last week they cited the consumer price index for grocery stores and supermarket food purchases which is up 0.7 percent over May of last year. They also indicated that prices will go up between two and three percent this year. Other economic experts fear it will be much more than that.
Planning a cookout this year? Ketchup on the news. 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. pic.twitter.com/7h9qLauIbC
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 1, 2021
In another economic reality check for the Biden administration, the Labor Department reported that its Consumer Price Index indicated that inflation had risen five percent since May 2020. That’s the largest 12-month increase since August 2008.
Barbecue items such as hotdogs, ground beef, white bread, potatoes, bacon, pork chops, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages have risen approximately 77 percent in the last 20 years. Hamburger has risen in price the most. Since 2000, the cost of beef is reportedly up a staggering 135%.
The holiday revisionist pricing was mocked on Twitter: “This reminds me of the passage in [George Orwell’s novel] 1984 where they celebrate the chocolate ration going up when it actually was reduced by 10 grams,” former Republican National Committee official Liz Harrington tweeted.
“With an unprecedented humanitarian crisis at our border, soaring gas prices, and more out of control spending that will cripple our future generations, the Biden Administration is bragging about saving us $0.04 on sliced cheese,” remarked Rep. Burgess Owens (R-UT).
Rep. Elise Stefanik also called out the increase:
Apparently, no one at the Biden @WhiteHouse has been to the gas station recently.
The average price for a gallon of gas is $3.15.
This is the HIGHEST price for a gallon of gas since 2014 and a 42% INCREASE from last year.
— Rep. Elise Stefanik (@RepStefanik) July 1, 2021
Also not included in the Biden version of the cost of a barbecue on Independence Day is the cost of driving to get the food and the preparation it takes to hold a cookout. The cost of gas alone is a kicker in holiday plans this year.
Gas was $90 under Trump. It cost $136 this week under Biden.
That's an increase of $46 per tank. https://t.co/Bodzag1oQp
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) July 2, 2021
“Today, 89 [percent] of U.S. gas stations are selling regular unleaded for $2.75 or more,” AAA spokesperson Jeanette McGee noted in a statement. “That is a stark increase over last July 4 when only a quarter of stations were selling gas for more than $2.25.”
Between massive inflation, the DHS warning on non-specific domestic terrorist threats from white supremacists, and a heaping side of social media censorship, this Independence Day is one for the record books.
The ridicule on Twitter over the huge savings touted by the Biden administration was epic:
This is amazing! Just bought a house with all of the $0.16 cents I saved from hot dogs
— Mohanad Elshieky (@MohanadElshieky) July 1, 2021
This is hands down the most pathetic flex in world history
— The 🏳️🌈 Tal 🏴Synbiont (@BerkmanOnlyfans) July 1, 2021
I wouldn’t have posted this if I were y’all
— Mike D (@dayton_mike) July 1, 2021
Please fire whatever (hopefully) intern posted this
— Peter Blackstock (@Blackstock360) July 1, 2021
This is…less than optimal messaging…
— Mike R (@Rooster_75) July 1, 2021
Oh thank god, an insignificant amount of savings. Somebody’s very proud of those puns.
— Professor Dirtanium 🏳️🌈 (@dirtanium) July 1, 2021
16 WHOLE CENTS? pic.twitter.com/LT3v6Fenam
— Tyler Alex (@Mah2pt0) July 1, 2021
Well I guess we didn’t need that stimulus money after all.
— Hobo138 (@Murder_Hobo138) July 1, 2021
Just don’t drive to the grocery store or try and build a picnic table.
— KCCO (@dpreston88) July 1, 2021
Almost everything I purchase has either gone up in price, the volume gone down or both. I don’t think this is a good Tweet.
— Mike Haines (@vertigomike1) July 1, 2021
Thank you for the extra 16 cents, President Biden. I’m going to buy 16 pieces of penny candy at the corner drug store and malt shop once I get this time machine to take me back to 1893.
— Bob the Goon (@BobtheGoon5) July 1, 2021
Factor in the higher cost of gas to go to the store to buy the food and I have no money left to buy the food.
— HubeiHammer (@hubeihammer) July 1, 2021
Hey we’re raising taxes, spiking inflation, killing gas prices, shorting building supplies, shipping jobs back overseas. BUT HOT DAMN HOW ABOUT THESE PORK AND BEAN DEALS!!
— Tucker Klaasmeyer (@TKlaasmeyer) July 1, 2021
Apparently whoever wrote this doesn’t actually grocery shop. I’ve never seen such high prices, especially meat.
— teresa harvey (@ibereesecup) July 1, 2021
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