Parents are making hard choices -- between educating their children or feeding them. Sadly, in some cases, they can't feed them. And the hunger is real -- not like the overblown campaign slogans that Democrats here use to expand federal entitlements. American consumers are complaining loudly because our food prices are up 4 percent. But worldwide, since 2006, the cost of food has increased by an estimated 23 percent. Grain prices are up 42 percent; oils are up 50 percent. Dairy products: 80 percent worldwide. Economists say that it might be a decade before food prices stabilize.
Now, listen, folks. Look at me. You've heard me say many times: Oil is the fuel that drives the engine of freedom. Oil fuels America's economy -- and the world's. Two factors are driving world food prices higher. One is the price of oil, which impacts food distribution, and liberals ensure high prices by thwarting exploration, drilling, and refinery-building. The second factor is the stupid move toward biofuels in response to the global warming hoax. On both fronts, pandering to environmentalist wackos has unleashed economic forces that are crippling the world food economy.
In poor nations, "blood for oil" is being spilled -- and more will be spilled -- all for the sake of wacko-based liberalism.