Another Dodge: Psaki Blames the 'Greed of Meat Conglomerates' For Rising Meat Prices

Brittany M. Hughes | December 15, 2021

In the Biden administration’s latest attempt to wriggle out of responsibility for nearly 7-percent record inflation, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki blamed “the greed of meat conglomerates” for the rising price of poultry, pork, and beef. 

“I think that the President thinks the way people across the country, American families, digest inflation is by price increases. And if you look at industry to industry, it's a little different,” Psaki hedged while trying to explain away why Americans are paying more at the grocery store check-out – none of which, of course, is the administration’s fault.

“So, for example, the President, the Secretary of Agriculture have both spoken to what we've seen as the greed of meat conglomerates,” she went on. “That is an area - one where people go to the grocery store and they're trying to buy a pound of meat, two pounds of meat, 10 pounds of meat, it is - the prices are higher.”

“You could call it ‘corporate greed.’ Sure. You could call it ‘jacking up prices during a pandemic.’”

Or, you could call it part of the price of consumer goods having risen 6.8 percent – the highest single-year increase in four decades – thanks to shipping delays, a shortage of truckers, and a lack of factory workers, largely thanks to the Biden administration’s pumping billions of artificial unemployment subsidies and “stimulus” cash into the economy while slapping businesses with costly vaccine and testing mandates and forcing Americans to choose between their own health care decisions and their jobs.

You could also call it part of the fallout of the president’s war on energy, which has jacked up the cost of gas, which increases the price of moving goods, which adds to companies’ costs that then get passed right along to the consumer.

But whatever you call it, it’s expensive. According to the federal government’s Consumer Price index, the price of fish has climbed 12% over last year while beef is up a stunning 20%. Likewise, the average price of chicken has increased 7.5% and pork 14%.

And, if the latest polls are to be believed, Americans are getting very, very tired of an administration that refuses to take responsibility.