Got $8 milk? Americans ponder effect of price spike if US goes over 'dairy cliff'

Earlier this evening, President Obama introduced us to “ordinary folks” who get things done on deadlines. Our representatives have an opportunity to join that group if they manage to pass an extension to the expired U.S. farm bill by Monday. If they don’t? Government price controls on dairy products revert to a structure implemented in 1949, and milk prices could spike by an estimated $3 a gallon.

Some are calling it the “dairy cliff” or “milk cliff,” and no one’s happy about it.

So, milk will cost you $8, and if you’re lucky, you might score a box of stale Twinkies off of eBay for $50. Oh, and your paycheck could be smaller thanks to the expiration of the Bush tax cuts.

Legislators are reportedly working out a short-term extension tonight and hope to vote Monday, the last day of the year.

  • Mike Horve

    Moooooooooooo I got milk and no-one can afford it.


    I love it, I hope everything goes up. This is what they get.

    • AWomaninTX

      No! This is what we will *all* get, except for those who qualify for welfare & WIC. We (my family) do not qualify for anything yet we will be hurting worse that those who do.

      This is so disgusting & not all of us voted the idiots in!

  • SanDiegoMerchantServices

    Why is the government in any way involved in the price of milk?

    • bluewaternavy

      Why is government involved in anything…because they can!

    • Jefferson Tea Party

      because SHUT UP, that’s why. Also REASONS.

  • Jerry J Brown

    stop subsidizing everthing. It’s the taxpayers who pay anyway

    • Frustrated Teacher

      exactly…we pay TAXES that keep the price of milk down artificially. Does that really help us? Supply and demand are the best price setters in a free market economy. The problem is that those in charge of our government (yes even the ‘conservatives’) don’t REALLY trust the free market. This is one of the biggest problems with government….

      • AWomaninTX

        Repeal the laws that caused this issue. They’re outdated.

  • stuckinIL4now

    Uh oh, I foresee a spike in the number of cow thefts and kidnappings.

    • TheOriginalDonald

      I also foresee an increase in Chick-Fil-A sales.

  • Peyton

    We drink 4 gallons a week at my house. Thats an 800 dollar increase for the year.

  • HARP2

    Udder foolishness.

  • Hiraghm

    Obama is trying to ensure that not only is he the first black POTUS… he’ll be the LAST one, too.

  • $129448

    Government shouldn’t be involved in anything, they just screw it up

  • Joe W.

    Heckuva job, Barky…

  • Thane_Eichenauer

    I wonder how many American voters will be thanking Barack Obama and agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack when the price of milk reached $5. I have every treason to believe that We the People would be reach for a virtual pitchfork should the price ever rise more than a dollar a gallon.

    • GaryTheBrave

      Obama and Vilsack will blame the GOP.

      • Thane_Eichenauer

        Perhaps. It’s all John Boehner’s fault is the 2013 model of “It’s all George W. Bush’s fault”

        • TheOriginalDonald

          And just like Blame Bush Blame Boehner will prove to be udder bull….

  • redheadgrl

    Drink Almond or Coconut milk instead! ha.

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  • Dandapani

    Let the free market set the true price of milk and sugar and anything else held up or down with price manipulations by the government. The government is not the solutions, they are the problem.

  • Michael Meador

    Sounds like typical scare tactics to promote a liberal bill. I’d gladly pay $8 a gallon for milk if that meant the government had less influence in the free market.