I generally shop with Anne, and since we downsized substantially, we find ourselves buying mostly what we need for a few days at a time, unlike “yesterday’”, when we would fill a pantry, a refrigerator, and a freezer . . . all to capacity PLUS.
But . . . we’re older now, and have fewer needs. We also entertain less, and with age, we’ve changed our eating habits somewhat.
Not that long ago, I would buy a real quality side of Beef (Rib Steaks), and have the butcher cut it into one-and-a-half-inch steaks, finishing up with about 20-individually wrapped steaks for the freezer.
Somehow . . . somewhere in the recent past, I find that I can no longer eat a 16-Ounce steak, and that my appetite for steak is nothing like it used to be. I can also say the same for many other heavy foods I used to enjoy. So, I don’t shop as much with Anne as I used to for the food in the house that I mostly ate.
So imagine my surprise . . . SHOCK ACTUALLY – when I went shopping with Anne the other day, and decided to purchase a few Rib Steaks for myself, the first I was going to buy at our local grocery (chain) store, where we live – since returning from Texas, when I saw that the price of steak had risen from about $10 per pound, to FIFTEEN DOLLARS PER POUND . . . and the quality was really not that good.
So, I started walking up and down the aisles checking out all the prices, and couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
What I did notice about this modern grocery store, after being away for more than 6-months, was that it was brighter and more spacious than before we left for the winter. The shelves were better laid out for marketing and sales purposes with a feel-good atmosphere around the products.
And even the packaging was more modern, upbeat and inviting . . . BUT AFTER ALL THE GLITZ – there was a stark reality: The prices on everything had either gone up significantly, or the product size had gone down . . . OR BOTH!
Anne and I have lived on a farm, or amongst farmers for decades . . . SO I KNOW FROM WHAT I WRITE. The cost to growing crops is up somewhat, BUT NOT NEARLY UP TO THE POINT TO JUSTIFY THESE PRICE INCREASES.
And even though the cost of equipment, seed, fuel and fertilizer is up . . . SO ARE EFFICIENCIES – so much so, that the efficiencies to operate a modern farm – far more than compensate for the price increases.
SO WHO’S RIPPING US OFF?
LET ME STATE THE OBVIOUS . . . as prices are skyrocketing for MOST people, especially for the basics of life – namely FOOD, income for the average NON-GOVERNMENT INDIVIDUAL IS NOT.
SO WHO ARE THE CULPRITS?
1 – Farmers, especially with government subsidies guaranteed by controlled production through marketing boards are doing extremely well.
2 – MEGA Food Processors and Distributors who provide everything from the controlled supply of patented seeds to fertilizers . . . who have more or less created OLIGOPOLIES are smothering themselves in revenue . . . YOUR MONEY AND MINE.
3 – The GIANT food producers/distributors like KRAFT, more or less have a LOCK on everything from distribution, to availability, to prices.
4 – And then there are CHAIN GROCERY STORES who use marketing sciences to squeeze every cent of revenue they can from consumers, in what appears to me, as nothing short of price collusion.
5 – THEN THERE ARE THE GOVERNMENTS . . . who subsidize the incredibly wealthy food industry at all levels – actually enabling them to charge whatever they can get away with AT OUR EXPENSE.
THE INSULT TO INJURY . . . is how the FOOD INDUSTRY at all levels have their multi-BILLION dollar lobby groups to buy power and prestige from our governments at every turn . . . ALL AT THE EXPENSE OF THE PEOPLE, which the government is elected to protect and serve.
NO ONE WILL EVER ACCUSE ME OF WANTING PRICE CONTROLS . . . BUT:
Even though it can be construed from this editorial, that I am against FREE ENTERPRISE and want controls of revenue – I can and will guarantee everyone that I am NOT.
But . . . the gargantuan industries which are LOBBYING the PEOPLE’S government for every advantage possible . . . are.
AND WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT . . . because if we don’t – sooner rather than later, we all go broke and hungry making the FIFTHLY RICH even that much RICHER, while we amongst the WORKING CLASS die a slow death.
SPENDING A BILLION OR MORE DOLLARS ON AN ELECTION IS NOT A GOOD THING:
We hear the Media talk-up how much money someone like Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton are each going to raise to get elected, as if that is a great thing . . . hoping for BILLION DOLLAR RECORDS, as if they’re worthy targets . . . THIS IS SICK, AND CONTRARY TO MAINTAINING A REAL DEMOCRACY.
This is why empires have fallen. It is why governments fall. And it is why revolutions happen. And if nothing changes, hungry ANGRY people, who see a bloated bureaucracy and privileged classes . . . WILL RISE UP.
I DON’T CARE WHAT THE MEDIA AND POLITICIANS SAY:
After my personal travels ON THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS at the grocery store yesterday, I had an epiphany – I saw our culture on a fast track to despair, as corporations and governments are working with as much energy as they possible can, to take as much of our hard earned money for THEMSELVES as they possibly can. This is no laughing matter.
. . . AND IT CAN’T STAND.
HOPEFULLY . . . A BRAVE NEW MOMENT FOR GALGANOV.COM:
As promised over the past few weeks, there is a BRAND NEW . . . FIRST OF ITS KIND – Galganov.com YouTube Editorial.
It was Video-Taped and recorded with my back facing the Horse Paddock. And since it was a first of a kind – there are some blemishes. You’ll hear some wind noise, but not too much, which we will fix with a new lapel microphone. Our graphics can be somewhat better, but they’re not really that bad. And if you listen hard, you’ll hear Stryker coughing near my feet, because he was eating grass.
WE DID OUR BEST . . . AND ANNE WAS THE TECHNICAL STAFF:
BUT . . . I was the writer, director, producer and live talent.
However . . . since I didn’t write anything, because we can’t afford a teleprompter, and I spoke off the cuff, and I really didn’t direct anything, because the horses couldn’t care less for what I did or said, and I didn’t produce anything, since Anne was the behind the camera and the-in-front of the computer staff . . . doing all the after taping edits – ETC . . . I guess she had the real job, and I was the diva talent.
I’ll let you tell me in the COMMENT section of this Editorial what you think of this NEW ENDEAVOR. And who knows, maybe if you like it enough, we can give FOX News a run for their money.
ON A MORE SERIOUS NOTE:
It has been a month, since I last asked for support for this BLOG, which wasn’t all that successful a request . . . although some people did PONY-UP for which I am very appreciative.
As I write every time I ask for support, THIS BLOG IS FREE TO YOU – BUT NOT FREE TO ME. And in this era, where information, truth, honesty and courage to say what NEEDS TO BE SAID is paramount to defending our FREEDOMS, as we saw in how the Media GANGED-UP on Pamela Geller, including MANY AMONGST FOX NEWS . . . WE CANNOT BE SILENT.
And with every passing day . . . there are MAINSTREAM Media Folk, INCLUDING broadcasters on FOX News, like Bill O’Reilly, who NEVER misses an opportunity to SLAM BLOGGERS LIKE ME, because we are a threat to his ego and self-belief in his own version of the truth.
If you think this BLOG has merit, and you can afford to support it, please do. And whether you do or not – I will still TILT AT WINDMILLS and do whatever I can to make a difference.
And for all the people who follow Galganov.com, who cannot afford to help out financially – DON’T, since the last thing I would want from you, is to spend a dollar you do not have.
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Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov