Susan Stamper Brown

According to a recent (December 2011) report released by the United States Department of Agriculture titled “Food CPI and Expenditures: Analysis and Forecasts of the CPI for Food” finding that in 2011, grocery store prices rose nearly 4.5 percent, and they anticipate that 2012 will experience another increase of 3 to 4 percent. The L.A. Times reported beef prices rose by 9.8 percent, pork prices 6.9 percent, poultry 3 percent, dairy 8.7 percent, and egg prices up 10.2 percent -- in 2011 as compared to 2010. Chief economist for the National Restaurant Association Bruce Grindy says wholesale food prices are “on pace to post their strongest annual increase in more than three decades.”

According to a recent (December 2011) report released by the United States Department of Agriculture titled “Food CPI and Expenditures: Analysis and Forecasts of the CPI for Food” finding that in 2011, grocery store prices rose nearly 4.5 percent, and they anticipate that 2012 will experience another increase of 3 to 4 percent. The L.A. Times reported beef prices rose by 9.8 percent, pork prices 6.9 percent, poultry 3 percent, dairy 8.7 percent, and egg prices up 10.2 percent -- in 2011 as compared to 2010. Chief economist for the National Restaurant Association Bruce Grindy says wholesale food prices are “on pace to post their strongest annual increase in more than three decades.”

There has been much mentioned during debates and stump speeches from both sides of the aisle reminding Americans there is a “choice between two paths” to be made come November. As confusing as politicians like to make it, the answer which stares us in the face can be found by asking a childlike question: Are we better off today?


Susan Stamper Brown

Susan Stamper Brown's weekly column is nationally syndicated. She can be reached at writestamper@gmail.com or via her website at susan@susanstamperbrown.com. Her Facebook page can be found here.