Saturday 25 May 2024

‘America’s Inflation Problem Is Now A Full-Blown Crisis’: Fast Food Prices Soaring Under Biden

 As President Joe Biden has been presiding over an inflationary spiral since he took office, the cost of a fast-food dinner has skyrocketed.

Fox Business notes that in 2019, a Big Mac sandwich at McDonald’s cost $3.99, but it currently sells for a whopping $8.29, according to Fast Food Menu Prices, which also reports that a BLT Footlong at Subway that cost $5.50 in 2019 can now sell for as much as $8.49. Chipotle’s chicken burrito in 2019? $6.50. Now it can be $10.70.

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis posits that fast-food prices, which have risen faster than inflation, have soared more quickly than the salaries of most employees at their restaurants.

“A recent survey conducted by LendingTree found 78% of consumers now consider fast food to be a ‘luxury’ purchase due to how expensive the meals have become,” Fox Business pointed out.

Dan O’Donnell of the MacIver Institute noted on Thursday, “Prices on basic items like McDonald’s cheeseburgers and Chick-fil-A nuggets have risen as much as 200% in less than five years with dire consequences for the lower- and middle-class families who make up much of the fast food customer base. … This is not, as the White House has repeatedly insisted, the result of price gouging, but rather the shockingly high cost of wages and food production for restaurants like McDonald’s and Taco Bell.  Since their business model is entirely predicated on providing quick, convenient meals at low prices, they can ill afford to price their menu items out of the reach of their bargain-conscious customer base.”


“Fast food patrons are generally lower-income earners — many with young children — who rely on a quick, affordable meal before soccer practice or a band concert,” O’Donnell continued. “When prices at these restaurants spike from $35-$40 for a family meal to $65-$70 in just a few years, those families either have to sacrifice a night out or extend themselves just a little further to afford it. … When even fast food is slipping out of reach, it’s clear that America’s inflation problem is now a full-blown crisis.”

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