Amid ongoing inflation, across the country egg shelves in stores are empty due to a massive outbreak of bird flu that has resulted in the euthanizing of nearly 58 million chickens, causing prices to skyrocket into new painful territory for Americans.
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Americans are struggling to find eggs and when they do, the prices are eye-popping. They are now ranging anywhere between $4.50 to over $7 a dozen.
People understandably want to know why this is happening. But instead of logically looking at the historic inflation that President Biden’s economic policies have created or the Avian flu outbreak, leftists are blaming the situation on what they call our “hyper-capitalist country.”
Egg prices in December jumped 60 percent over what they were just a year ago according to a recent Consumer Price Index report.
Conservatives are pointing the finger at Biden and socialism for the egg shortage. To be fair, it seems to be a combination of inflation and the bird flu, but to be sure, inflation is a big part of the rise in costs. It also has to do with stores not being willing to pay farmers for the eggs.
The egg shortage is real. In California, the price has skyrocketed 550% from $1.34 to $7.37.
Omelets are now only for the rich. pic.twitter.com/Jql1MDN0dh
— Chairman (@WSBChairman) January 11, 2023
This is the reason for the egg shortage. It’s not because of avian flu. It’s because supermarkets upped the prices and won’t pay farmers their due and farmers can’t afford to keep production numbers up due to increased energy and logistical costs.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) January 11, 2023
The truth hit a little too close to home for liberals who vented on Twitter, mocking conservatives and laughably claiming capitalism is to blame.
For instance, USA Today opinion columnist Michael J. Stern asserted that “classic capitalism” was to blame for high egg prices.
“#1 – 50,000,000 chickens have died in the U.S. due to Avian flu. #2 – Supply and demand made egg prices increase. #3 – That’s classic capitalism, which y’all love…until you pay $5 for a dozen eggs. Then you want the government to do something about it. That’s socialism,” he snarked.
#1 – 50,000,000 chickens have died in the U.S. due to Avian flu.
#2 – Supply and demand made egg prices increase.
#3 – That's classic capitalism, which y'all love…until you pay $5 for a dozen eggs. Then you want the government to do something about it. That's socialism.
— Michael J. Stern (@MichaelJStern1) January 17, 2023
Former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner also threw in her two cents worth by asserting that the egg shortage was actually a result of our “hyper-capitalist country.”
“Blaming the egg shortage and price-hike on ‘socialism’ is ignoring the fact that it’s happening in a hyper-capitalist country,” she disingenuously tweeted.
Blaming the egg shortage and price-hike on “socialism” is ignoring the fact that it’s happening in a hyper-capitalist country.
— Nina Turner (@ninaturner) January 16, 2023
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a self-admitted diehard socialist, naturally blamed “corporate greed” and called for a windfall profit tax.
“Corporate greed is the producer of Egg-Land’s Best, Farmhouse Eggs & Land O’Lake Eggs, increasing its profits by 65% last quarter to a record-breaking $198 million while doubling the price of eggs & reporting no positive cases of avian flu. Yes. We need a windfall profits tax,” he wrote.
Corporate greed is the producer of Egg-Land's Best, Farmhouse Eggs & Land O'Lake Eggs, increasing its profits by 65% last quarter to a record-breaking $198 million while doubling the price of eggs & reporting no positive cases of avian flu. Yes. We need a windfall profits tax.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) January 15, 2023
And leftists, of course, claimed it was “evil” capitalism that was to blame.
“Imagine having to work 2 hours to buy eggs,” the account dishonestly posited. “Capitalism is evil,” the user added posting a picture of organic eggs selling for over $11.00.
Imagine having to work 2 hours to buy eggs.
Capitalism is evil. https://t.co/jaE3EaYZxq
— Pat, just Pat (@PatTheBerner) January 18, 2023
It’s not just eggs that are causing tough decisions in Americans’ homes these days. Over the last year, there has been a baby formula and a pain medicine shortage. Neither of those was due to the bird flu. But leftists seem to be unable to admit that Biden’s policies have anything to do with it in an echo of Cuban propagandist rhetoric.
The egg shortage has gotten so bad that they are being smuggled across the Mexican border. US customs officials are cracking down on smugglers, according to CBS News.
“We are seeing an increase in people attempting to cross eggs from Juarez to El Paso because they are significantly less expensive in Mexico than the US,” US Customs and Border Protection spokesman Roger Maier told CBS MoneyWatch. “This is also occurring with added frequency at other Southwest border locations.”
And if you thought the price of eggs was bad, if you get caught smuggling them, you will experience a whole new level of sticker shock.
Jennifer De La O, a US Customs and Border Protection field operations director in San Diego, said in a tweet this week that her office “has recently noticed an increase in the number of eggs intercepted at our ports.”
Failure to declare agricultural items while entering the US carries fines of up to $10,000.
The San Diego Field Office has recently noticed an increase in the number of eggs intercepted at our ports of entry. As a reminder, uncooked eggs are prohibited entry from Mexico into the U.S. Failure to declare agriculture items can result in penalties of up to $10,000. pic.twitter.com/ukMUvyKDmL
— Director of Field Operations Jennifer De La O (@DFOSanDiegoCA) January 18, 2023
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