via Kurt Schlichter
Most of you whippersnappers were not even Planned Parenthood targets back when inflation was last a thing. It was the late-seventies, which you people associate with funky clothing and disco music. Most of us who lived through that miserable decade associate it with economic malaise, notably including massive inflation and 18% interest rates.
Yeah, think about 18% interest, all you folks with an adjustable rate loan. You’re spoiled by cheap money and low inflation. You are about to learn a lesson in economics. See, when Uncle Sucker prints lots of money and there are fewer things to buy, you get inflation. Prices rise. And your standard of living falls.
Despite the economic insights of Joe Biden and his cast of mutants, there’s no changing it. And no, inflation is not evidence that all is well. That’s like a leper saying “Well, now that my big toe fell off, there’s less stuff to be infected. I’m cured!”
You are already seeing the results of the flood of fiat money wished into being by a liberal Congress. We have not gone full Weimar yet, but if they pass this BBB thing, life will be a cabaret.
If you have a car right now, good for you. It’s worth a lot more than it was six months ago. You can sell it and maybe make a profit. I scored by buying out a lease for a price set pre-inflation three years earlier – you should have seen the dealer wince. But if you need a new or used car, uh oh. Between the supply chain problems getting new vehicles (the manufacturers can’t get parts to build them, and once they do there’s the nightmare of moving what cars they do have to the dealers) plus the shortage of old ones to sell used, it’s a nightmare.
Obviously, Trump is to blame. Plus, insurrectionists and transphobes.
Anyway, you pull up to the pump and, here in California, it’s at least $5 a gallon. My fine European touring sedan takes $80 to fill up. I don’t commute that far, which is nice. But if you do, uh oh. Now, our desiccated old pervert of a president was crowing last week about how great it is that prices have gone down a whopping $.07 in the last few weeks. Putting aside that his assertion of prices dropping is bullSchiff, gas went gone up a buck and a half over the last year.
Why? Well, when you shut down pipelines and oil exploration to appease the angry weather goddess worshipped by pagans in Manhattan and Santa Monica, you get less oil. Less supply, same or more demand – it’s not hard. We could increase the supply, but maybe he figures that this is just what they’ll expect. When that freak staggered into office, we were energy independent. Now he’s begging sheiks to pump up the pumping volume. The indignity of America groveling is a feature to the America-hating jerks who Americans sort of elected to run America.
Head into the meat department and the ground beef you use to make cheeseburgers, like a real American, is twice as expensive as it was. Rib-eye and New York cuts are astronomical. Pretty soon, we’ll all be paying $1,000 for a wheelbarrow to cart our cash to the Safeway.
Again, the people who rule you and who hate you love this. Inflation is a punishment for you existing. You should not be driving – free people drive. Nor should you be eating food you like – that’s a prerogative of free people too. To deny you the ability to do these things is part of the point. You must be conditioned to accept less, to take what you are given – by them. You know, your masters.
COVID conditioning is part of it too. They want you to learn to accept arbitrary rules. If the rules make no sense – if they contradict what you were told a week before – that’s even better. The idea is to train you to submit to them, to accept less and to accept their commands, regardless of how ridiculous they are.
Now, our leftist enemy is arrogant and ignorant, and that’s a bad combo. Leftists talk only to each other in their blue bubbles, egged on by MSNBCNN, come to a commie consensus, and proceed. But they ignore the rest of us. After all, we’re sheep meant to obey – and to be sheared.
The problem is, at least for now and outside of big blue cities, we normal people still get to vote. And we are angry – very, very angry. Inflation is devastating our families. It’s not such a big problem when your diversity consulting gig pays you mega-bucks, but for people just getting by – especially after the same ruling caste screwed up the economy panicking over the pandemic – inflation is devastating. And the polls show voters are steamed even though the legacy media obediently tries to push the narrative that all is swell.
A 6.8% inflation rate is a 6.8% tax on every single dollar, with no deductions or loopholes. And the real rate not even 6.8%. That’s the phony baloney Consumer Price Index that is designed to hide the real inflation rate. Housing costs went up something like 30%, and math, which is now racist for some reason, teaches that 30% is a lot more than 6.8%.
The Democrats are salivating at paying off their deadbeat constituents with the “Build Back Better” boondoggle. It’s about as popular as toe fungus – in Joe Manchin’s West Virginia, the vast majority of voters strongly disapprove, and Joe Manchin is key to getting the bare minimum to pass it. While other senators know that this inflation-fueling atrocity means that that they will get creamed next November, only Manchin (and to some extent Kristin Sinema) are standing up against it. The fact that its ridiculous gimmicks (like assuming its new social programs will end in three years) hide an additional $3 trillion on top of the ~$2 trillion official price tag only makes it worse. Manchin knows his state, and his state knows that inflation is going to crush its citizens.
If Manchin holds strong, he’ll be doing his garbage party a huge favor. Inflation will have a huge effect on the next election. It will mean spectacular deflation in terms of Democrat officeholders. It just might not leave much of a country for the GOP to govern.