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The Cost Of Your July 4th Burger Has Never Been Higher

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Tomorrow, Americans will celebrate their independence from an over-taxing tyrant by eating and drinking to excess - and rightly so. However, what many will find as they pile into their friendly local grocer (Costco), is that the price of the July 4th smorgasbord has never (ever) been higher (as perhaps, just perhaps, another tyrannical entity - the Fed - has taxed them in a much more pernicious manner). Ground beef burgers have never been more expensive (+16.5% from last year)... and nor has white bread, American cheese, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, ice cream, and chips...


Your July 4th Burger has never been more expensive... (up 16.5% from last year!!)

(wondering what the asterisks are - at significant inflection points in the price? Blue is Greenspan unleashing his dot-com bubble rescue plan and Red is Bernanke beginning his save-the-rich printing press plan to rescue Main Street from the banking crisis)


But it's not just Burgers... Bloomberg has compiled an index of the seven staples of July 4th...The barbecue index tracks ground beef, white bread, American cheese, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, ice cream and potato chips... and that has never been higher...


Happy 4th!


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Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:06 | 4922387 Skateboarder
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How much does a 100% pure BS burger cost?

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:15 | 4922426 mayhem_korner
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 How much does a 100% pure BS burger cost?


Six years, $6T in new debt, the entire former middle class, and about 400 sleeves of lost golf balls (so far)...

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:34 | 4922497 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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Not long now before it's illegal to hoard hamburger.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:37 | 4922509 Grande Tetons
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However, one can hoard as much FB stock and USTs as one would like.  Kinda tells a guy what has real value and what does not. 

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:46 | 4922538 NotApplicable
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Good thing we're paying the BLS for such important metrics as a BBQ index. Now there's value!

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:50 | 4922549 BigJim
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 The Cost Of Your July 4th Burger Has Never Been Higher

Can I still pay for it Tuesday?

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:17 | 4922434 ZerOhead
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BioSolids aren't directly allowed in food products yet..

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:19 | 4922446 Skateboarder
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Is 'BioSolid' an euphemism for 'poo'?

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:27 | 4922454 ZerOhead
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Shhhhhh!... The official policy in the BS industry is currently "Don't ask don't tell".

Their motto is "Probably more nutritious and delicious than wood pulp"

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:28 | 4922476 Skateboarder
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I would've figured it would be "Don't ask, don't smell." ;-)

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:10 | 4922404 mayhem_korner
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Ground beef burgers have never been more expensive (+16.5% from last year)... and nor has white bread, American cheese, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, ice cream, and chips...


Who puts ice cream on their burger?

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:18 | 4922439 813kml
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Trailer park sophisticates.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:43 | 4922516 ZerOhead
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We call them "iceburgers" and they are simply delish!

Swing by my doublewide sometime...

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 16:32 | 4922695 Bangin7GramRocks
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This is great news! Americans will be forced to eat a bit less than a fucking rhinoceros. Eat fresh, local real food and don't shovel it into your fucking face and we wouldn't need to worry about the "healthcare crisis".

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 16:38 | 4922711 MopWater
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Why don't you come down off that ivory tower...I think the thin air is messing with your brain.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:04 | 4922780 Bangin7GramRocks
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I'm not being a dick. Most of the health problems in the U.S. are food related. Either too much food or chemical laden fake food.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:11 | 4922407 joego1
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Don't forget the wood pulp dear!

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:11 | 4922408 Yen Cross
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      I have a P.H.D. in " Photosynthesis Engineering" ...

   Also accredited by the, " Skool of Hard Knocks".



Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:12 | 4922410 Frank N. Beans
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and I thought wood was supposed to make food cheaper


Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:14 | 4922422 krispkritter
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It does.  You can take your leftovers home and burn them in your wood stove to save on rising energy costs...

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:17 | 4922433 mayhem_korner
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You can fish your "products" out of the loo and do the same with them.

Not exactly "hickory" flavor, mind you...

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:30 | 4922483 krispkritter
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Like shit you can...


PS. I'd be afraid that the remaining alchohol would burn the house down.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:18 | 4922442 TruthHunter
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 "I thought wood was supposed to make food cheaper"

It does, but not for the consumer!

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:47 | 4922543 taketheredpill
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How long before the bag of chips on the side is actually..a bag of chips.





Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:12 | 4922411 rtalcott
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cheap beef, nasty cheese, iceberg lettuce, white bread and chips...I'll and tequlia is very nicely priced.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:18 | 4922436 ENTP
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Must eat crap, can't let Medicare spending drop.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:22 | 4922458 rtalcott
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For the 4th...stay away from the beef

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:12 | 4922412 mayhem_korner
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Does anyone else see the irony of Independence Day celebrations given the current statist-tyranny state of the USA?

That rumbling you hear is James Madison rolling over in his grave...

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:16 | 4922431 Skateboarder
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What the hell is Independence Day? We celebratin' July the 4th dawg - beer, bbq, gettin' fucked up... datz what July the 4th is all about.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:38 | 4922511 Headbanger
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And da fire wuks!

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:52 | 4922554 El Vaquero
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Most of those are banned where I am because it's been so dry, and even if they weren't banned, I wouldn't use them because it's so dry. 

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:18 | 4923041 yellowsub
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Independence Day was a movie about alien invasion.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:13 | 4922416 krispkritter
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I never wood have believed...

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:18 | 4922438 Tenshin Headache
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Inflation in the real world. Too bad the Fed doesn't live there too.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:26 | 4922469 mayhem_korner
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Too bad we can't grill up some Fed.  I'd probably beg off a Yellen-burger, but a Ben-burger sounds delicious.

Now, back to my scotch...

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:20 | 4922451 LawsofPhysics
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I see this all around me.  Many are taking cattle to market.  Exponential equations are indeed a bitch.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:25 | 4922462 Grande Tetons
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Bessy goes to the slaughterhouse and NFLX gets to live to see another day. 

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:37 | 4922510 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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Maybe NFLX can create some original content of a cattle herd and people eating burgers.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:45 | 4922525 Grande Tetons
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Brain wave....I am going to buy about 12 rabbits and a bottle of viagra....I figure I should be able to retire in about 6 months. 

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:42 | 4922935 813kml
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I hope the viagra isn't for you, that's not how jackalope are made.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:43 | 4922528 813kml
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I have a line on a herd of free range bison roaming the aisles of the local Walmart for those wanting to get back to their Native American roots this 4th.  The huntin' ain't ever been simpler, all you gotta do is short out their scooters and zap 'em with a bolt gun.  Easy stuff, just gut 'em right there and call an associate over for cleanup.  

I recommend stringing up the carcasses near the freezer aisle and waiting a few days for proper marbling.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:48 | 4922542 Grande Tetons
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 proper marbling

Way to spike the ball! That was awesome. You made my day with that one. 

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:55 | 4922564 NotApplicable
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Just gotta lure them over to the freezer aisle first, though. Otherwise, you'll beef hooked without that scooter.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:21 | 4922453 papaswamp
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Cellulose burger with cheddarwood cheese...

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:21 | 4923045 yellowsub
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You forgot the applewood smoked bacon or human version of beggin strips.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:24 | 4922460 Jayda1850
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I just ate a juicy ass burger, but about half way through I realized that millions and probably billions of people have a meal like that once maybe twice a year? Everyday for everyone of us is a blessing, hopefully we can all hold off the impending whirlwind caused by TPTB for as many days as we can to get most enjoyment out of each day we have on earth. Happy 4th my fellow ZHer's.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:31 | 4922489 ZerOhead
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That's the spirit!

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:45 | 4922534 NotApplicable
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Ass burgers for everyone!

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:42 | 4922932 robertocarlos
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Lions taking down a large water-buffalo always go for the windpipe and the asshole. Nature is cruel.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:37 | 4922914 Bear
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Of course, that's the famous Third of July burger and indeed you can only have once a year .. unless you have another one today. But, God bless your spirit

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:25 | 4922464 laomei
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The secret of course, is that in the supermarkets, where americans zip around on their mobilty scooters, the "ground beef" is pretty much a scam.  No self-respecting profit-driven retail venue is going to waste good meat in the grinder.  That stuff is past expiration when it goes in, mixed with the pink slime, sawdust, fat scraps, etc.  Don't believe me? Try and watch the grinding process as they do it.  Or... are you one of those people who buy the "ground beef" in the prepackaged tube-o-meats?  In which case, GOOD LUCK.  

Buy your meat from a butcher, if the carcass is not hanging there in front of you as you take your cut, you are being scammed.  Of course, this also goes back to the fact that virtually all the seafood you are buying is also mislabeled... you see, you simply cannot actually afford real food anymore, but lying to yourselves makes it all feel so much better.


Enjoy your pink slime and sawdust.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:40 | 4922478 mayhem_korner
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"Pre-packaged tube-o-meats" created a stain on my carpet.  It was projectile vomit of my lunch (and a tinge of donut from breakfast, I think)...

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:36 | 4923090 Dickweed Wang
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You didn't mention the five margaritas you had with the "tube-of-meat" burger.  Could they have had something to do with the puking issue?

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 16:01 | 4922587 Miffed Microbio...
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The only good thing about tub 'o meats is they keep me employed. Summer means Salmonella, E. Coli 0157, campylobacter. Sprinkle in Giardia for those who don't pack enough water when they go hiking and drink from a stream.

The sad thing is if you don't cook the shit out of these diseased meats ( literally), you are inviting trouble. Organic is too expensive for me now. I have slashed my beef consumption. Too bad it's just not economical here to raise a steer and in a drought, not a wise thing to do.


Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:08 | 4923161 Oleander
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Do not forget to take a dip in the public pool. In this heat they are probably not keeping up with the clorine. 

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:25 | 4922466 NoWayJose
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The liberals have long railed against the evils of ground beef - they are VERY happy that they have achieved their goals. Now switch to Baby Bellas and be happy - after all, it fits for you to eat mushrooms - because the government keeps you in the dark and feeds you sh*t.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:29 | 4922482 news printer
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McDonald's Replaced by RusBurger as Moscow Digests Crimea

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:32 | 4922485 Chuck Knoblauch
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The Chinese are consuming all the oil.

Remember that lie?

Now the Chinese are eating all the cows.

The Cinaman's hunger for cow meat has grown exponentially!

Will the lies ever stop?

Probably not.

Will you ever stop believing the lies?

Probably not.

Buy some gun oil and wait for the shooting to begin.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:48 | 4923264 Peanut Butter E...
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Chinese have preference for pork not beef so this cost of increase in beef products has nothing to do with them.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:30 | 4922486 Yen Cross
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    I live in an older mature community. My neighbors still hang flags and pennants for the 4th of July.

     Most of them are nice but there's some dikwads... They can't stand the system no matter who's in charge.

  The system they send their children and grandchildren to fight for?



Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:31 | 4922487 NOTaREALmerican
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Boy, this thread really stinks.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:58 | 4922573 orangegeek
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the neighbor's cat is looking pretty good right now


saw a raccoon cross the property last night......mmmmmmmmm


all sorts of alternatives to beef

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 16:03 | 4922591 Caveman93
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I price my meat in Gold and Silver so no effect.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 16:04 | 4922596 The_Ungrateful_Yid
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Im' using Rachel Ray's old school double wide recipe. Y'all are all invited and I hear my sister is real good too.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 16:07 | 4922608 TabakLover
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Ahhhh come on....Supermarkets are noisey....very noisey.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 16:31 | 4922689 Seasmoke
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I'm charging admission to my 4th of July party.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 16:49 | 4922740 Duc888
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Yellin calls this "noise".


Thu, 07/03/2014 - 16:52 | 4922749 Duc888
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Miffed Microbio.....

"The sad thing is if you don't cook the shit out of these diseased meats ( literally), you are inviting trouble."


Did you sleep during the class about Prions?

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:36 | 4924262 DannoH
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Yeah, the three, natch four cases of CJD that occur globally make me think "Golly, I really need to burn this burger. Benzopyrenes be damned!"

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 16:57 | 4922764 Dingleberry
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I guess ya'll didn't get the Greenspan memo: your burgers are new and improved! 



If that doesn't fool you...there is always substitution.

I hear rat meat is cheap.  

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:13 | 4922806 youngman
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Burgers..ribs...steaks....its all expensive because we have a drought going on and the lefties think its cool to make gas out of the 24 cows went to the market last water in my springs and no food for them...they made some really bad hamburger I real question is the rancher..will he sell his base stock in cattle because he can get a high price...or keep feeding it to make a new herd in 4 years or now and quit the hassle..or continue on doing the daily pun entended...every day..

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:30 | 4922883 robertocarlos
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There's too many people for the system we have now. We need a new system.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:09 | 4923009 B2u
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Soylent Green time !!!

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 06:40 | 4924218 AdvancingTime
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 Horse meat mixed with beef was found last year in Ireland, then Britain, and has now expanded steadily across the Continent. The situation in Europe created unease among American consumers over whether horse meat and other surprises might also find its way into the food supply in the United States. How good is your memory, or how far back do you reference points go, do you remember Soylent Green? More on this tasty treat in the article below.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:31 | 4923078 Dickweed Wang
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One way to lower the cost of beef and make a long term investment in food (assuming you're a beef eater) is to buy beef by the "quarter" and have it butchered to your own preferences. This will result in saving 25-40% over beef from retail grocery chains, or even Costco, depending on the area of the country where you live.  Usually the bulk beef is better tasting/fresher than store bought as well. You'll  also need a deep freezer if you don't already have one.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:26 | 4923207 Atomizer
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You think prices are currently high, just wait for Federal Reserve to pump Dow Jones to 20k.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:40 | 4923433 jim249
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Just got my Costco coupon book today. Very few food items included in this issue. Food inflation is about to hit big time.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 06:31 | 4924213 AdvancingTime
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While the Fed is busy talking about how inflation appears tame and is not showing up in a big way the seeds have been planted, and the number of them is somewhat shocking. If nflation is not strong enough for Janet Yellen without a doubt it lurks beneath the surface and is hidden away in the dark corners of our future.

Want to know where the real cost of things is going, just look at the replacement cost from recent storms and natural disasters. Several things to consider when trying to understand inflation come to mind, first competition tends to keep price increases in check, and our slow growth economy is helping the consumer in many areas, but the monster when unleashed will take a very large toll! More on this subject in the article below.


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