March 23, 2013 Leave a comment
According to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, sequester is starving Congressional staffers. It appears that one of the budget cuts affects taxpayer subsidies for staffers meals. Thus the Congressional building restaurants are being forced to raise prices. Schultz apparently thinks this is a winning issue that will get the American people all worked up. She’s right, the American people are worked up but not for the reasons she was expecting. The fact is, most of us don’t care if Congressional staffers can afford to eat lunch at the Congressional cafe or not. In fact, most of us find this whole argument Schultz is making offensive.
The staffers in Schultz office make between $60,000-160,000 a year. Yet we’re to believe they can’t afford a $2 bowl of soup for lunch or a $5 sandwich. Does anyone believe that staffers making that kind of money can’t afford a $7 stuffed chicken with mashed potatoes and asparagus? Those are the prices in the Congressional office buildings. Compare that with the average McDonald’s combo meal which costs over $6 in most locations. Schultz and the Democrats haven’t been particularly concerned about food costs for the average American, which have increased quite a bit in the last four years. Only when their staffers start whining do the Democrats suddenly care about the cost of food.
This is where Schultz loses the public and opens herself up for mockery. Staple food items have seen substantial price increases in the past few years. Corn is up dramatically, which means meat is up dramatically. Vegetables and other grains have also seen healthy price increases. Any housewife can tell you that they’ve either needed an increase in their grocery budget or they’ve needed to cut back or change products in order to stay in budget. None of the Democrats seem concerned with this problem at all. If anything they celebrate price increases because they think we’re fat.
Yet when price increases affect those immediately around them, suddenly Congressional Democrats are very concerned about price increases. So much so that they’re willing to blame Republicans for it. In this case, Republicans should gladly take responsibility for increasing prices on Congressional staffers. Taxpayers don’t need to subsidize staffer meals. In doing this, the GOP should turn the issue right around on the Democrats. The left wants to be the champion of the poor by handing them money. The GOP should attempt to champion the poor by calling the Democrats out for food price inflation.
We’re burning our corn crop in our gas tank, this is one of the biggest reasons for food inflation. The President’s fiscal policies have also caused price increases. Obamacare, regulation and Federal Reserve money printing have all contributed to food prices soaring in the last four years. The Democrats are completely uninterested in this issue, which directly affects the pocketbook of lower and middle class Americans. They’re too busy calling us fat and bemoaning price increases for Congressional staffers. For those of us in the middle class, wouldn’t we love to be able to buy a bowl of soup for $2? We just aren’t politically connected enough to have anyone care about our soup prices.