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Your July 4 Cookout Is Going to Cost a Lot More This Year. Here’s the Damage.

The White House bragged about saving Americans 16 cents on their July Fourth cookouts last year. What does President Biden have to say about the price hike this Independence Day?

SO WHAT

Happy Fourth!

WHAT HAPPENED

THEN: Last July, the Biden administration took a victory lap because the average cost of an Independence Day cookout had fallen 16 cents from 2020, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

“Hot dog, the Biden economic plan is working,” the White House tweeted.

NOW: This year, by contrast, the White House has been notably silent on the American Farm Bureau Federation’s analysis of Fourth of July costs.

According to the agricultural lobby, the average cookout for a group of 10 people now costs almost $70, a 17% jump from last year, due to “ongoing supply chain disruptions, inflation and the war in Ukraine.”

  • Ground beef prices leaped 36% to $5.56 per pound, while strawberries, sliced cheese and potato chips were slightly cheaper.
  • Booze was not included.

At a NATO summit in Madrid Thursday, Biden suggested Americans had better get used to paying unprecedentedly high prices for food, gas and other goods and services.

  • “The bottom line is, ultimately the reason why gas prices are up is because of Russia. Russia, Russia, Russia,” he said, referring to the country’s war on Ukraine. “The reason why the food crisis exists is because of Russia.”
  • Biden also said it was “fair” to expect Americans to pay a premium to support Ukraine for as “long as it takes,” and Brian Deese, the director of the president’s National Economic Council, later told CNN: “This is about the future of the liberal world order, and we have to stand firm.”
  • Americans may recall that high inflation well predated Russia’s invasion of Ukraine four months ago, and Biden officials until recently insisted it was “transitory.”

CUE THE FIREWORKS?

No wonder a record-low percentage of Americans, 38%, told Gallup pollsters they are feeling “extremely proud” to be American at the moment.

  • “This record-low level of extreme national pride comes at a challenging time in the U.S. as a pandemic-weary public is struggling with the highest U.S. inflation rate in more than four decades,” per Gallup’s write-up.
  • “Still, together with the 27% who are ‘very proud,’ 65% of U.S. adults express pride in the nation.”

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