We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Awww...how sweet...a warm & wonderful lady in the governor's mansion, taking the rough edge off life for all who know her, leading her flock toward gentle manners and respect for the eternal verities. I just feel warm all over.
The fact that the world's second largest corn producer, China, had a Disastrous Harvest, losing somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2 of it's crop didn't help any, either. Neither did droughts in Argentina, and the EU holding 10% of it's wheat land out of cultivation.
The biggest reason, aside from opportunistic price-raising from food processors, however, in the rising cost of food is The Cost of Petroleum. It seems that a dollar rise in the cost of petrol has from two to three times the effect on food costs as a rise of a dollar in the cost of corn.