Saturday, April 19, 2008

Inflation News

According to on April 15:

"Inflation at the wholesale level soared in March at nearly triple the rate that had been expected as the costs of energy and food both climbed rapidly.

"The Labor Department reported Tuesday that wholesale prices rose by 1.1 percent last month, the second largest increase in the past 33 years, exceeded only by a 2.6 percent rise last November. Analysts had been expecting a much more moderate 0.4 percent rise in wholesale prices for the month."

At the same time, Money News reports that there are fewer new millionaires because of the "economic slump". The classic tactic (that goes back to the late nineteenth century) of arguing for inflation, which increases profits and stock market values but hurts people on fixed incomes and the productive poor (i.e., inflation redistributes money from the working poor and pensioners to the wealthy) is to argue that inflation will reduce unemployment. Of course, pro-inflation progressives never mention that besides reducing unemployment inflation gets elderly people to eat cat food and the working poor to give up necessities.

Increasingly, the news media don't bother to lie or color the story as they have in the past. In the 1970s, if you can recall, the media and academia argued that oil prices caused inflation and in the 1960s they argued that unions caused inflation. Today, more or less says that millionaires are hurt because there's not enough inflation:

"The continuing global economic turmoil is taking its toll on the wealthy — as fewer new millionaires are being minted....

Is this the end of the American dream? Or just a bit of a nightmare? Probably the latter, economists are telling MoneyNews, as the problems in the stock market are limiting the growth of the portfolios of professionals and executives and entrepreneurs for now. "

Where is Jim Cramer now that we really need him? I want to break into the seven figures myself. We need more old people on cat food and evicted from their homes because they can't afford the property taxes; and we need more families depriving their children of milk so people like me can become millionaires. Absolutely.

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