Finance / Government Watch / Politics

It Is My Opinion That America’s Survival Is Dependent on a Return to Traditional Pursuits

WASHINGTON, DC, JULY 18 — The bad news is that inflation is at an unanticipated new high — 9.1%. The good news is that, for those few of us who are wealthy enough to take a summer vacation abroad, the U.S. dollar buys a lot more in Europe and the Far East these days. For the first time in 20 years, the dollar is at parity with the Euro, giving American travelers more bang for the buck.

However, there is very little good news on the home front. The food you bought last year for $100 costs $110, give or take, this year. Ten bucks more. That may be okay for some of us, but it hurts if you don’t have an extra ten bucks to play with. It wreaks havoc if you have a family to feed or if you are a senior citizen with a fixed income. Do the math. The average American worker earns between $850 to a tad more than $1,000 a week. The average social security is about $1,554 per month — less than $355 per week.  How do they make ends meet when the inflation rate has nearly doubled over the past 12 months? 

The American Institute for Economic Research points out that “Inflation is a regressive tax that hits those with low and middle incomes the hardest. The inflation tax harms these households disproportionately because they spend a larger share of their income on food, transportation, and other basic necessities that are more expensive as a result of the inflation.” 

And it isn’t going to get any better anytime soon. The spendthrift Biden administration and its climate-change-obsessed Congress will make sure of that, thanks to Republican-wannabe Joe Manchin, who stymied their latest effort to spend more of our money by refusing to vote for new cockamamie spending authorization. Says Bloomberg news, “Manchin privately told Democratic leaders Thursday that he wouldn’t support an economic package that included tax hikes and provisions to fight climate change before an August congressional recess, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s deadline, according to three people familiar with the talks.” 

You may love or dislike former President Donald Trump, but he was true to his word; he did, indeed, make America great again. When he left office, the inflation rate stood at a modest 1.4%. Once Mr. Biden took his oath of office, things started to get dicey, with the inflation rate increasing steadily for the next 18 months. It stands at 9.1% now, but some economists say it might continue to increase in the coming months.

So, how do we make America great again — again. Put a new Congress in place come November– a Congress that will “accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative,” as songster Johnny Mercer put it…a Congress that will acknowledge the fact that we have the resources at hand to lower the price of gasoline and that we will use them…a Congress that will disavow ideals that pay tribute to progressive socialist nonsense that make us weak.

Over the weekend, Newsmax reported that political commentator Dick Morris is predicting Mr. Trump will run for a second term as president in 2023. “The phrase is not ‘likely,’” he said, “the phrase is dead pipe certain: He’s certain to run, and he is, I believe, certain to get the Republican nomination. I think he’ll actually get it by acclamation. I don’t think there’ll be a primary fight…they’re flirting with DeSantis and other candidates, but only Trump can win this election…[he] can say, ‘I did it: You want to know if I can cut inflation or hold down gas prices, seal the border? I did it when I was president.” And he can do it again.

President Biden made us weak and in need. Take your pick, Biden or Trump, and if it is Trump, enjoy the rewards of a new awakening– one that will free us of the threat of a socialist future versus the promise of more unrest. At one time, it was a goal of presidents — such as President Trump — to see us prosper. Not now. Today the presidency and Congress have been usurped by anti-American politicos.


If You Enjoy Articles Like This - Subscribe to the AMAC Daily Newsletter
and Download the AMAC News App

Sign Up Today Download

If You Enjoy Articles Like This - Subscribe to the AMAC Daily Newsletter!


Subscribe
Notify of
13 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Smike
21 days ago

We have some excellent Republican candidates we need to get behind and support. I voted for Trump twice, he did some great things in office, but after Jan 6th I will never, never vote for him again. And there are a lot of Republicans like me out there, we will not vote other than Republican – but we will not vote for Trump.

Scott
22 days ago

You saved your article, but it didn’t start out too great with basically saying, “I can go overseas and get more for my dollar over there.” That’s not an option open to most of us here.
That sounds like something Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer would say.

Embs
24 days ago

Averages are greatly effected when some individuals make much more then the the individuals in the poverty level, the will move the “median range” higher giving false data. Most people I know make that amount every two weeks -_-, Myself included.

Bill T
23 days ago
Reply to  Embs

We’ll EMB’S that’s the game plan put the average American citizen onto a government welfare program, the elites will live better than ever and you’ll be a slave to the communist system

Michael J
24 days ago

Who’s doing the arithmetic? Everytime I go to the store it’s 30%+ increase. The 99 cent only store is now $1.29 cents only and that just for beginners. I’d love for it to be 10%, get your head out of the sand and report real numbers and place the blame where it belongs.

Max
24 days ago
Reply to  Michael J

Arithmetic is definitely off, prices have changed anywhere from 25-45% on items and as someone stated below, price remained the same but the product mass decreased. Government numbers.

Bill on the Hill
24 days ago
Reply to  Max

Hi Max, I think you are referring to a thing called STAGFLATION…Whether it’s 8.9% or 9.1% rate of inflation currently is almost academic at this point & as you have stated, the REAL rate of inflation is considerably higher than the new posted rate of 9.1%…
The most obvious place to see this is in the grocery store & gasoline prices, two areas that negatively effect all of us but in particular people living on fixed incomes, which presumably applies to the vast majority of us posting our opinions on various AMAC stories…
Bill… :~)

Max
24 days ago

Yea, you know the government is just putting out nonsense since most of us realize the truth of what has happened and continues to get worse.

Kim
23 days ago

Hi Bill–

For some reason, government statistics don’t include food and energy prices when calculating the core inflation rate. Sure, add in the steep increases in gasoline and groceries, and we’re well above the quoted inflation rate. The 2-pint 1/2 and 1/2 I buy is now almost $5.00; last year it was a bit more than half that. Store-brand cream cheese just doubled in price compared to what I paid last month. A loaf of rye bread, now $4.38 up from $2.89, in 1 year.

The producer price index is higher at 11.3% year-over-year, which means we’ll be paying even higher retail prices in the future!! I hope everyone remembers this in November and in 2024.

Kim
24 days ago

The title of the article is “It Is My Opinion That America’s Survival Is Dependent on a Return to Traditional Pursuits”. I inferred that the author might suggest going back to church, taking one of those millions of jobs begging for applicants (i.e., working and not collecting welfare), taking family vacations to the national parks, or owning a home instead of renting. Sunday picnics, high school baseball, community yard sales, patronizing local downtown retail stores… All good stuff, if you choose them.
But, no. The article instead is about inflation, Manchin, and Trump. Even better. I think Mr. Trump will run for office again, and I know he has a core of loyal followers and also a group who will never vote for him, even if they have always voted for Republican candidates. Those are the voters who need to be targeted…pardon me, educated…on the benefits to this country when a conservative, or at least a Republican, holds the presidency and majorities in Congress. It shouldn’t be too hard considering how terribly the dems have governed.

If voters cast their votes based on their personal finances, then the mid-term elections later this year should be like a pleasant walk in the park. But that’s what we thought in November, 2020, and it didn’t turn out so well. When I vote, I want a receipt. I want to see if anyone else with my SSN or address voted. I willingly offer my photo ID, and every vote should require ID. America’s survival depends on honest elections.

PaulE
24 days ago

The author writes “You may love or dislike former President Donald Trump, but he was true to his word; he did, indeed, make America great again. When he left office, the inflation rate stood at a modest 1.4%. Once Mr. Biden took his oath of office, things started to get dicey, with the inflation rate increasing steadily for the next 18 months. It stands at 9.1% now, but some economists say it might continue to increase in the coming months.”

Well this is what happens when you replace a competent and patriotic President, with a solid understanding of business and economics which drives every facet of our lives, with an incompetent, destructive and senile old fool and his entire adminihstration with no understanding of anything outside of Washington, D.C. progressive (socialist) politics.

Until the American people learn to value substance (Reagan or Trump) over style (any Democrat and most sadly a lot of career Republican politicians as well) when they choose to vote, we will be stuck arguing over meaningless and irrelevant things like tweets and who does Biden think he is shaking hands with when there is nothing but air there.

becky
25 days ago

$10 more is complete and utter BS!!
When price stays the same, but size is one half…. that is a 100% inflation.
Stop the lying.

Hal
25 days ago

The climate is always a political topic in recent years. During one era, planet cooling is of great concern. And once the politicos get into it and milk it for all its worth, the scenario changes to planet warning. But politicians find it a profitable topic to get votes even tho it has virtually nothing to do with their duties as a political representative.

13
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x