Marie Antoinette was the last Queen of France before the French Revolution. Considering the suffering of the French people she famously – or infamously – responded to the lack of bread by allegedly saying. “Let them eat cake.” Whether she actually said that is debated by historians, but she did lose her head over it.
On the eve of Thanksgiving, President Biden went on television to assure the American people that inflation was not so bad — and the shelves would be stocked with everything they could want for the holiday. That was after Biden was serving meals at a food pantry and before he headed to Nantucket to spend the holiday in the $20 million mansion of billionaire ($5 billion) David Rubenstein, co-founder of The Carlyle Group, a $300 billion private equity fund.
In the wake of Biden’s departure to Nantucket, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki reiterated the President’s assurances – noting that the 24-pound turkey would only cost $1 more this year. Apparently, someone forgot to put “per pound” on her notebook.
The White House also claimed that the overall increase in the Thanksgiving dinner was a mere five percent. That is about one-third of the official figure of a 14 percent increase – and that is an average.
If I were in Nantucket with Biden, I could report the real situation on the ground. You see … I am a guy who actually goes into the grocery store like most common folk.
On my list was skimmed milk. None on shelf. So, 2% milk would do. None on shelf. I settled for whole milk.
I wanted some whipped cream for my pumpkin pie. Shelf empty.
Wanted to pick up some real regular butter. None to be had. Only a few of the unsalted variety.
Time to restock the zero Gatorade (I am diabetic). Empty shelves.
I make a really good breakfast sausage stuffing. No breakfast sausage.
As I searched for the items on the list, I saw a lot of empty shelf space. Fortunately, they were not products on my list.
Biden is lucky, however. Unlike Antoinette, he may be losing his mind but at least not his head.
So there ‘tis.