American Elephants

The News of the Day on a Monday Morning… by The Elephant's Child
May 2, 2022, 4:22 pm
Filed under: Politics

Always interesting to turn on the computer to get my first take on the news of the day. I start with Breitbart, because I like them, and because they are alphabetically at the top of my list of websites to visit. Headline: Joe Biden’s Approval Underwater. 68% Disapprove of Handling of Inflation. Hardly surprising, Inflation really hurts American pocketbooks, usually starting at the grocery store where you notice it immediately at the cash register. 50% of Americans now disapprove of President Joe Biden’s handling of inflation. His approval rating is in the toilet, as 52 percent of Americans disapprove. The disapproval rate will probably increase as more people go to the grocery store. 68 percent disapprove of his handling of inflation. I’m not sure that the president understands the relationship of the presidency and inflation.

Add to that, talk in the media about “food shortages” will undoubtedly have many people stocking up. Then there’s the talk about artificial beef, that sort of thing. Will we get into hoarding? The press should be aware that careless headlines can lead to a frightened populace, and frightened people don’t always act rationally.

I have no idea what ordinary people do about the food on hand in their kitchens. Do they have a pantry with supplies for several weeks, or just food for tomorrow? I do have a pantry, but many live in one-room apartments, with no room for major food supplies. Growing up in the mountains, there was always the risk of a landslide or other inability to get out to a store, so we were prepared for that, and to some extent that habit has carried over with me, even in a city with grocery stores only a few blocks away. Some people grow some of their own food, even in a city. (Usually tomatoes). I don’t think we know much about even our friends and neighbors habits in that sector of life. There are regional habits too. In some areas, everybody does a lot of canning, elsewhere, not at all. Do people who grew up in the country where a trip to the grocery was more of an expedition keep bigger stores on hand in their city apartments? Funny, we really don’t know much about how even our friends and neighbors live.

For that matter, how interested are you when you arise, in the news of the day? Is it a big deal to see what’s going on, or a sooner or later you’ll get around to it thing? I suspect that this is a vastly differing thing for most people.

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