Oh, yes. It's only going to get worse, too.
The United States can cope with one year of drought in the Plains, which is one of the world's breadbaskets. Two years of it would spell trouble. Three, and there would be starvation in the cities. Let's hope it doesn't come to that.
For now, we all have to find ways to deal with pricey food and shortages. Soybean contracts hit a new high today on the Chicago commodities market. Corn and wheat are right behind. We're in for some hefty costs. Along with punitive prices in fuel, high unemployment, eroding incomes but for those with access to government funding, and exploding financial sector and other institutionalized industry charges, Americans are against the wall. What we should be doing is hanging three quarters of the politicians from the light poles and leaving their bodies there to be picked apart by the crows as a warning to other wannabe tyrants, along with two-thirds of the bureaucrats and half the nonprofit staffers. We aren't yet angry enough to do it, though. Give it some more time.