I’ve become somewhat more conservative on this issue.
Over the past year, I have repeatedly seen shortages and price increases at the pump and in the grocery store. I have seen restaurants which are desperate to find workers and which are closing early because no one is willing to work. This isn’t a conservative meme. It is actually happening.
There was one memorable incident that I saw at a Whataburger north of Birmingham when the poor manager was doing everything herself while her black employees were in their car outside in the parking lot smoking marijuana. She pleaded with them to come back to work. They laughed at her and drove off. There was another when I was out walking and the manager of an Arby’s was explaining to the franchise owner that she had to close early because no one was coming to work at 1 PM.
Even I see this and I don’t go out much. It is impossible not to notice this combination of high prices, help wanted signs everywhere, shortages and small businesses struggling to find workers.
“Data released on Wednesday show that inflation for December rose 7 percent, the highest rate since 1982. The bad news is that this is likely to continue for some time. The good news is that at least some experts are finally grasping why inflation is so high: excessive pandemic relief spending.
Prices have spiked over the past year in virtually every major category of consumer spending. News reports have focused on large items such as gasoline (up 50 percent) and used vehicles (up 38 percent).
But the recent price report shows inflation is pervasive: Food is up 6.3 percent, topped by a 12.5 percent hike in meat and poultry prices. Furniture and bedding is up 13.8 percent while clothing has increased by 5.8 percent. Going on vacation? The price of hotels and motels is up 27.6 percent and rental cars are up 36 percent. Moving? That rental van will be 9.2 percent more expensive than a year ago. Staying home? It costs 6.3 percent more to turn on your lights than it did a year ago. Prices are rising fast no matter what you do. …”
Government spending has been excessive.
The Democrats are also unwilling to raise taxes now to pay for it.