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  • Writer's pictureDale Hanks

Keep the Change

One of the Christmas movies our family enjoys watching every year is Home Alone.

The story centers around a somewhat bratty 8-year old named Kevin McCallister (played by Maccaulay Culkin). Kevin acts out the night before a Christmas family trip to Paris, and his mother makes him sleep in the attic. In their rush to leave for the airport the next day, the McCallisters mistakenly leave without Kevin. He wakes up to an empty house and assumes that his wish to have no family has come true. But his excitement sours when he realizes that two con men plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home.

Home Alone is always extremely popular during the holidays; but this year, it has gained some additional interest.

One of the scenes from the movie shows young Kevin going grocery shopping. As we watch him at the checkout counter, we can see that he purchases the following items:

  • a frozen TV dinner:

  • a loaf of bread:

  • frozen mac and cheese;

  • cling wrap;

  • a half-gallon of milk:

  • laundry detergent;

  • a half-gallon of orange juice;

  • dryer sheets;

  • toilet paper;

  • and a pack of toy army soldiers.

Kevin has a $1.00 off coupon for the orange juice (that he clipped from the morning paper), and so his total bill comes to $19.83.

Here's the scene from the movie:

This is the scene that "broke the internet" this year. A TikTok user made a video showing Kevin's grocery bill in 1990 vs. the same groceries purchased in 2023--and it went viral.

According to a survey conducted by FOX 6 of Milwaukee, if you would've purchased the same items last year that Kevin purchased in 1990, you would've paid $44.40. That same grocery list in 2023 comes to an eye-watering total of $72.28. Prices increased 63% over last year, and nearly250% since 1990.

But, if you listen to White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, you'd think we're all crazy. Here's KJP telling us how our Thanksgiving dinner is actually less expensive this year than last:

Just for the fun of it, I checked out Kevin's grocery list at our local Publix supermarket here in Florida, and here's what I got:

  • a frozen TV dinner = $4.83

  • a loaf of Wonder Bread = $3.63

  • frozen mac and cheese = $3.49

  • Saran cling wrap = $3.49

  • a half-gallon of milk= $3.54

  • Tide laundry detergent = $16.49

  • a half-gallon of Tropicana orange juice = $5.11

  • Snuggle dryer sheets = $4.99

  • toilet paper (6 rolls) = $11.69

  • a pack of toy army soldiers (I had to go to Amazon for this one!) = $9.99

Total = $67.25

(Oh....and don't forget your reuseable totes, or you might end up paying for bags, too.)

Of course, we all know that prices vary around the country and that some of these items can be bought at different discount outlets like Costco, Walmart and Aldi's; but the point remains the same--inflation is not "transitory," as we've been told.

Since Joe Biden was installed in 2020, the U.S. has experienced the highest rate of inflation in the last 30 years. The reasons for this sudden rise in inflation isn't too hard to figure out. It stems from this administration's economic policies (or "Bidenomics," as Biden is proud to call them):

  1. The Federal Reserve has printed trillions of dollars to pay for exorbitant amounts of spending for COVID, Ukraine, and the Inflation Reduction Act (a/k/a Green New Deal). Such an expansion of the money supply without the means of production to back it up, causes "too many dollars chasing too few goods" and leads to higher consumer prices.

  2. In response to the job losses during the pandemic, the government increased unemployment benefits. The government literally paid people NOT to work. The long-term detrimental effect of this is what we're experiencing now. Businesses are forced to raise wages to try and attract qualified workers, which increases costs passed along to the consumer.

  3. The Biden administration's hell-bent efforts to eliminate fossil fuels is a huge contributing factor to inflation. On Day One, Joe Biden canceled the Keystone Pipeline. He then proceeded to shut-down drilling leases, incentivize (i.e., pay) electric utilities to demolish coal-fired power plants, and drain our Strategic Petroleum Reserves to keep gas prices low (to win elections). Under this administration, the United States has gone from being totally energy-INdependent, to being completely energy-DEpendent. We now have to beg dictators in Saudi Arabia and Venezuela to sell us their oil.

To add insult to injury, the Biden administration continues to lie to the American people. They claim that "Bidenomics" is working for Americans. But it's all smoke and mirrors. They tell us that inflation is down; but in "Biden-speak," that just means that prices are still going UP...just at a slower rate.

With Bidenomics, people are demonstrably worse off. The government's own figures on inflation, jobs and falling household incomes prove it. Yet, in complete denial of reality, the administration makes excuses and the lapdog media gaslights the American people.


Americans aren't buying it. Facts can be stubborn things. Since the first of November, the administration has stopped using the word "Bidenomics" because they now know it doesn't "poll well."

So if you watch Home Alone this year, enjoy those 1990's prices as you plan your holiday grocery lists. I know we will.

And, when you do go shopping and see the total on the checkout screen, remember the immortal words of Kevin McCallister:

"Keep the change, ya' filthy animal!"

That is, if you have any change left.


p.s. In case you haven't heard, Tucker Carlson has launched his new streaming platforrm --TCN (Tucker Carlson Network). This is a major victory for free speech. Tucker pledges to feature content that is free from the government/media propaganda and censorship.


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