Biden* Doesn’t Make “Cents” on July 4th

The other day I noticed this official and rather tongue-in-cheek tweet from the Joe Biden* White House:

Now, I don’t know about you, but I don’t ever recall having pork chops at a traditional Fourth of July American Cookout. But no matter, Biden*s economic plan has saved each of us 16 cents versus a similar cookout in 2020 (when Donald J. Trump was President).

Personally, I planned my usual Traditional American Cookout for America’s Birthday, and discovered that (p)Resident Biden*s “Economic Plan” saved me a bit less than “16 Cents”: Click the link below to see how your cookout compares.

My 2021 July 4th Cookout Planner

Food May 2020 Price May 2021 Price Price Went… To Serve 4 People Price Increase
1 Potato Salad 1.26 1.336 UP 1 lb
(4 oz. each)
7.6 Cents
2 Macaroni Salad 1.26 1.336 UP 1 lb
(4 oz. each)
7.6 Cents
3 Hot Dog Buns 1.412 1.511 UP 1 pkg
(2 hot dogs each)
9.9 Cents
4 Hamburger Buns 1.412 1.511 UP 1 pkg
(2 buns each)
9.9 Cents
5 Chocolate Chip Cookies 3.617 4.019 UP 1 pkg
(6 cookies each)
40.2 Cents
6 Ground Beef 4.931 4.703 Down 1 lb.
(1 burger each)
-22.8 Cents
7 Sirloin Steak 9.48 9.892 UP 1 lb.
(4 oz. each)
41.2 Cents
8 Chicken Breasts 3.348 3.371 UP 2 lbs.
(1 breast each)
46 Cents
9 Chicken Legs 1.581 1.593 UP 3 lbs.
(four drumsticks per person)
3.6 Cents
10 Gallon of Milk 3.21 3.497 UP 1 gallon 28.7 Cents
11 American Cheese Slices 4.097 4.048 Down 1 lb.
(16 slices)
-4.9 Cents
12 Vanilla Ice Cream 4.934 4.685 Down 1/2 gallon -24.9 Cents
13 Whole Tomatos 1.851 1.804 Down 1 lb.
(4 tomatos)
-4.7 Cents
14 Orange Juice 2.375 2.387 UP 1/2 gallon
(eight 8 oz. servings)
4.8 Cents
15 Soda 1.69 1.69 Same Two 2-liter bottles
(reg and diet)
0 Cents
16 Potato Chips 4.985 4.929 Down 16 oz. bag
(4 oz. each)
-5.6 Cents
17 Beer 1.494 1.506 UP Two six-packs
(3 beers each)
10.8 Cents
18 Wine 12.547 13.519 UP 1/2 liter red, 1/2 liter white
(1 liter total)
97.2 Cents
19 Propane Gas (Grill) 1.037 1.201 UP One 20-lb Tank
(4.32 therms)
70.8 Cents
20 Gasoline (Car) 1.946 3.041 WAY UP 1/2 Tank
(6 gallons)
$6.57
21 Electricity (Music) 0.134 0.14 UP 60W boombox on for 6 hours
(0.36 KWH)
0.002 Cents
22 Electricity (Car) 0.134 0.14 UP 1/2 Tank
4.4 KWH)
2.64 Cents
Total Cost: $112.80 UP Total Price Increase $9.73

Bottom line? Instead of saving me “16 Cents” it’ll cost me – and, I suspect YOU – about “973 Cents” more to celebrate America’s founding this July 4th: That’s quite a bit off from Joe Biden*s math. But then, about half of us already know Joe Biden* hasn’t been making much “cents” for us since becoming (p)Resident.

Thanks for Reading! (and, Happy Fourth of July!)

(FYI: Food prices are from the Biden* Administration’s US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “Average Retail Food and Energy Prices, U.S. and Midwest Region”, available here, except for the price of corn, which was courtesy of Macrotrends, and the price of Soda which I found at my local Walmart.)

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