Jan 22 2013

Are we missing critical inflation data with the CPI? How the government over time has altered the CPI to under report inflation.

Most Americans realize that their standard of living has decreased.  Many realize today that their dollars do not go as far as they once did.  We try to reflect this data via the Consumer Price Index but over the last few decades, this index has been adjusted to suit the needs of those producing the […]

Oct 17 2012

Inflation by any other name – Rising rents have pushed up the CPI to highest monthly change in three years. Shifting the Fed bailouts onto the working class and poor.

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) attempts to measure the change in price for a basket of American goods and services.  I say attempts because measures like the “owner’s equivalent of rent” are simply an estimation as to what a home owner’s place would rent for.  In the early 2000s with home prices surging, it missed […]

Sep 29 2012

When it costs more to be poor – Fed and government shifting inflation onto rent, medical care, and food. QE3 to widen the gap between the poor and the wealthy.

Inflation has been picking up since the recession ended in 2009.  The problem with the CPI increasing year over year with no rise in household incomes is that the standard of living for most Americans erodes every year that incomes do not keep up.  Household incomes are back to levels last seen in the mid-1990s […]

Jul 24 2011

Does inflation even matter? The growing secrecy of the CPI and how average Americans face budget squeezes through financial maneuvering and the chained CPI.

Things seem to be progressively getting worse for the middle class as most of the debt ceiling talks revolve on sticking it to working Americans as if they were financially able to handle any more austerity moving forward.  While the too big to fail banks swim around in pools of bailout money like Scrooge McDuck […]

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