Surveys show Biden inflation has made Thanksgiving dinner nearly unaffordable for some Americans

Inflation has soared over the past two years thanks in part to President Joe Biden and Democratic rule in Washington D.C., and the higher costs for pretty much everything had the effect of canceling or curtailing Thanksgiving Day plans for millions of Americans, according to Timcast.

A recent survey revealed that the cost of an average Thanksgiving dinner had risen by nearly two-thirds over the past 20 years, and that Americans on average anticipated spending around $250 total in assorted Thanksgiving Day expenses.

The cost of average feast is up 64 percent since 2002

An organization known as CouponFollow recently checked and compared prices and surveyed more than 1,000 U.S. adults about their Thanksgiving Day plans to determine how average Americans intended to handle the holiday during the current inflationary period.

It found that the average combined costs for the 12 most popular Thanksgiving dinner dishes totaled around $88, up from less than $54 in 2002, for an increase of about 64 percent.

That has caused many Americans to alter their plans for holiday gatherings, such as splitting costs and sharing responsibility for preparing dishes.

It also led to many Americans potentially overestimating how expensive the annual feast would be, as the survey found that the average American anticipated spending a total of around $250 on Thanksgiving, though those estimates were far higher among younger generations than older ones.

Inflation, supply-chain issues, avian flu, and the Russia-Ukraine war

The findings of that survey on the impact of inflation on Thanksgiving weren’t too dissimilar from a separate one conducted by the American Farm Bureau on the increased costs of the average “classic” Thanksgiving Day dinner, according to Forbes.

That survey found that the total combined cost of the top items necessary for an average 10-person holiday meal, around $64,  had increased by 20 percent over 2021, which in turn had been about 14 percent higher than in 2020.

To be sure, price inflation is the biggest driver of the increased costs, but there are other factors beyond just government spending and monetary policy that are at play as well.

Axios reported that higher prices for turkeys were due in part to supply constraints that stemmed from avian flu outbreaks in certain regions of the country that resulted in millions of birds falling ill and dying or being put down as a precaution.

There are also still some supply-chain issues caused by the pandemic response for many items that in some cases, particularly for wheat-based products, have been further exacerbated by the Russia-Ukraine conflict, given that both of those disrupted nations — the latter suffering under a military invasion, the former subject to crippling sanctions — are top producers of wheat worldwide, according to Forbes.

In the end, like so many other aspects of life, Thanksgiving Day celebrations are now more expensive than before and, for some Americans, are simply unaffordable, and President Biden and his fellow Democrats must shoulder at least some of the blame for that costly reality.