The price of a gallon of whole milk dropped from $3.73 in May to $3.63 in June, data from the U.S. Bureau…
The price of a gallon of whole milk dropped from $3.73 in May to $3.63 in June, data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reveals. That’s the first decline since last September, when the per gallon price dropped from $3.44 to $3.42.
Of course if our experience at a local Kroger grocery story in Columbia, S.C. is any indication – the needle could be moving back in the wrong direction. We paid $4.09 plus tax for a gallon of store brand milk this morning (August 2, 2014) – although the pre-tax cost for shoppers using their Kroger cards was $3.89.
Either way … that’s well above the June national average.
But the “price of a gallon of milk” is also very important in the context of politics – especially presidential politics.
During a 1992 debate with Democrat Bill Clinton and Reform Party nominee Ross Perot, “Republican” president George H.W. Bush was forced to admit he didn’t know the cost of a gallon of milk. The media correctly pounced on the incumbent’s failure to answer the question as evidence he was out of touch with the people.
In 2007, “Republican” presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani told a reporter in Alabama that the cost of a gallon of milk was $1.50 – less than half its actual cost at the time.
In fact for those of you keeping score at home, here’s a look at milk prices over the last decade …