*If you truly believe that Food Prices are going up, THIS YEAR, because of drought conditions, then you are a bigger Fool than I give you credit for.Rosy Outlook - All Sunshine And Lolipops
Healthcare premiums are expected to RISE an average of 6% in 2013...Obamacare notwithstanding. Employers will face higher premiums and the costs will be passed along in part to employees.
Shipping costs will go up 4.5% to 4.9% at both UPS and FedEx.
Food prices on meat, poultry, and dairy products are all expected to rise in 2013. Last summer's drought caused lower yields for feed corn & grass. It costs more to feed animals that eat them. Ranchers and farmers reduced the size of their herds due to the higher feed costs...therefore beef & chicken is gonna be higher. The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture expects food prices to rise 3.5%- 4% in 2013.
Social Security withholding UP - check that paycheck...it will show you.
Last year, yes, because there was a shortage due to the Drought...but this year, NO, that's NOT the reason...NOT in this Country!
Here's what's happening, I believe from reading everything I can find on the subject...We are the biggest Supplier of the World's Food supply. There are droughts in other Countries that can affect food prices for THEM, this year, but it should NOT affect ours, yet it does. Why??? Two reasons...#1-We're subsidizing the cheap food prices that the Farmers are charging other Poorer Nations for the food our Farmers send to them!#2-The Big Agri-Businesses are gouging us, using the "Drought" excuse!
The Big Oil Companies do it, among Others , and now the Big Agri-Business are doing it, too!
Think back, have you ever know any Prices for something we HAVE to have, that went up because of a legitimate reason, such as a shortage for whatever reason...to EVER go back down when that shortage was over???
And now that these Big Agri-businesses are supplying most of the World's Food Supply, they will have an excuse every year to raise the raise the price of food, by a lot, because there is ALWAYS some Natural Disaster, somewhere in the world, every year, that affects that Regions Food Supply, but they will charge us for it and make Profits that will stagger your imagination, instead of just raising the price to the Nations affected, who are usually Poorer than we are, as a Country and as Individuals!
It's always a Chain Reaction...if One Group of Greedy Corporations, such as the Big Oil Companies, do it to us, then it's not long before the Other Groups of Greedy Corporations will start doing the same thing...right now, it's the Huge Agri-businesses. They wait for an excuse and then, they "pounce" and the, they continue to do it forever, until the Gov't. steps in and puts a stop to it, which won't happen with this Teapublican-controlled Congress that caters to the Rich and Powerful, and they know it! To ever stop it, there will have to be a Democratic-controlled Congress and President and even then, the American People will have to put alot of pressure on them , to ever stop the gouging of Americans by the Huge Corporations, of any kind!
THAT is how "Bought and Paid For" Corrupt our Federal Government has become and we're ALL paying the Price and so is our Nation! There's NO HOPE for changing the Teapublicans, but there is, for changing the Democrats...at least NOW, before they get any worse. But, I don't know how long that "chance of changing them" will last, before they totally succumb to the Rich and Powerful influence, also!