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Sorry, It Won’t End Anytime Soon
Continuing with the Dems’ calling bills the exact opposite of what they do (think “Affordable Care Act”, “Voting Rights Act”, “Employee Free Choice Act”), the new spending binge is hilariously called the “Inflation Reduction Act.” Let me break down why inflation won’t end as long as Biden is in office. The current inflation has 4 primary causes that have nothing to do with Russia-Ukraine:
- The Labor Shortage. When you have a shortage of workers, wages go up, which sounds great, but unfortunately that adds to the input cost of every good & service we buy. A while back I wrote of the labor shortage causes and steps to fix it, none of which have been adopted by Biden.
- Energy Costs. Biden’s war on fossil fuels filters into everything: transportation of goods, factory power costs, retail store air conditioning, and so on. Until the Dems unshackle the American energy industry, nothing will change.
- Covid Restrictions & Requirements. China is the worst violator, but unfortunately, they and other countries have cut off or delayed crucial inputs. Western countries are slightly better for now, but every restriction, such as vaccine border checks, just slows down productivity and adds overhead costs.
- Government Spending & Central Bank Money Printing. This is perhaps the biggest reason inflation is prevalent around the world. While getting my Finance degree in college and observing decades of financial history, I can’t think of a more insanely stupid economic policy than the now world dominant Modern Monetary Theory, which essentially says it doesn’t matter how much governments spend since they can just inflate their currencies indefinitely to cover it. An Economics 101 student should be able to diagram their first week why this is destined to fail. But the Democrats show no sign of slowing down, and the RINOs currently in control of the Republican Party aren’t much better. Central banks can help in the short-term by contracting the money supply, which they’re doing now by raising interest rates, but that mainly works because it trashes economies to the point that people don’t have money to spend, and it’s only a short-term fix. This inflationary cause can only be solved long-term by balancing budgets, paying down debt, and stabilizing currencies. Few politicians have the political courage to make the spending cuts. I’m optimistic this could be solved by a leader who can educate the public about why cuts are needed. People are now far more open-minded after seeing the results of the brutal Leftist policies.
By the way, watch closely as the Dems & media manipulate how results are presented. Specifically, they will use percentages of larger base numbers. For example, say the price of an item is $100 and increases $15 to $115 in year 2. This is a 15% inflation rate. Now say the cost increases $16 in year 3 to $131. This is a bigger price increase, but because you’re starting at $115, the inflation rate is only 13.9% [i.e. (131-115)/115]. Yippee!!!!!! Inflation is DROPPING!!!! Biden is AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!!!!!
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