Let me see if I can discuss inflation without inflating the facts. We are, in the US at least, at our highest percentage increase since 1982 (Falklands War, “I Love Rock and Roll” by Joan Jett, the movie “Absence of Malice,” Jane Fonda’s Workout Book, “The Love Boat”).
Inflation today is the ironic result of healthy trends in the economy. Government’s colossal infusion of stimulus funds, low interest rates, effective vaccines, and people desperate to walk the streets again created huge consumer buying from folks who now had money because they weren’t spending it to that point. Unprepared businesses (that survived) had to suddenly start sprinting.
That scramble, with the ubiquitous supply chain issues and geopolitical messes, drove up costs which were passed on to us. So the Law of Unintended Consequences kicks in once again like an irritable mule. The stimulus to business and all those checks that went directly to consumers created (pregnant pause) consumerism!!
Focused on Covid becoming endemic and tolerated, restrictions lifted, vax and anti-vax becoming old news, The Great Resignation (viz.: “the existential jailbreak”), and without so much as a sklent elsewhere, people started rebuilding their lives. And for the aforementioned reasons, inflation took hold.
I have to tell you I’m weary of hearing complaints about gas prices in the US. We’ve always had lower gas prices than almost any other society. We don’t have to drive in many cases, and we can drive more efficiently when we do. But what do we drive? The most popular vehicles as of this moment are the Ford F-150, the Chevy Silverado 1500, and the Ram Pickup 1500. These vehicles generate under 25 miles per gallon in the city, whereby the best gasoline-powered vehicles all do over 30 and many hybrids over 40.
You can drive less, change your vehicle, car pool, take public transportation, work from home, rent a car, bike, use a scooter, walk—or stop whining.
We need to support those who legitimately can’t afford food and sustenance. And we need to stop listening to people who have emerged from a deadly disease in good health, who can watch Ukraine from a safe distance and not have to sleep in subway stations with no sanitation, and who drive nice vehicles of their choice complaining about another buck at the pump.
You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas. —Shirley Chisholm
People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining. —Stephen Hawking
The people who live in a golden age usually go around complaining how yellow everything looks. —Randall Jarrel
The only thing I pray for is the strength to go out without complaining. —Tiny Tim
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