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More Good News on Inflation
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More good inflation, economic news - The Bureau of Labor Statistics released it’s May inflation report this morning and in May prices rose 0.1%, 1.2% on an annualized basis. On an annualized basis inflation has only risen 2.4% in the last 3 months, well within the Fed’s target. Food prices have risen by less than 1% on an annualized basis over the last 3 months. The Fed appears to have done its job - inflation is down, and growth is strong.
the American recovery from COVID has been the best of any advanced nation; economic growth remains robust; in recent months the unemployment, uninsured and poverty rates have hit record lows; the deficit has come way down; the President’s ambitious agenda to build things here at home has begun to have a very positive impact on the economy; real wages and incomes are in positive territory again, and inflation appears to have returned to a pre-pandemic, pre-Russian invasion of Ukraine and more sustainable place.
Through their grit, resilience, and hard work the American people have gotten through this rough patch in our history, and have once again made the American economy the envy of the world. Well done all. We need to take the good news when it comes, recognizing we still have a lot more to do.
But let’s be very clear - far more is going right today in America than wrong. It is time for those who spend so much time talking down this great country to join us in acknowledging the progress we’ve made, for this progress isn’t just the progress of Democrats or Joe Biden, it is American progress to be celebrated by all.
As we like to say here - Joe Biden has been a good President. The country is better off. The Democratic Party is strong.
Here’s a statement from our colleague Rob Shapiro who has been writing for months that the news on inflation and incomes was better than was understood:
The Biden administration has pulled off a remarkable two-step—at once, beating inflation and expanding employment. The new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose just 0.1 percent in May. Retrospectively, prices increased 4.0 percent over the preceding year—and looking forward, the CPI rose over the last six months at an annual rate of 2.75 percent. Moreover, inflation will likely continue to slow this year: The Federal Reserve engineered the strong disinflation of the last half year by raising interest rates 10 times from March 2022 to May 2023, so given the normal time lag between changes in interest rates and prices, inflation over 2023 should be considerably less than 3.0 percent.
The sharp slowdown in inflation is broad-based. Rising energy costs driven by OPEC and Putin’s invasion of Ukraine were the leading factor in recent inflation. But over the past year, gasoline prices fell 19.7 percent; and looking forward, gas prices over the last six months fell at an annual rate of 22.8 percent. To be sure, food prices rose 6.7 percent over the last year, but looking forward again, those prices increased over the last six months at an annual rate of just 3.0 percent. Similarly, new car prices rose 4.7 percent over the past year while looking forward they increased over the last six months at an annual rate of just 2.2 percent. The big exception is housing costs, which rose 8.0 percent since May 2022 and increased at an annual rate of 8.0 percent over the past six months. But changes in housing costs typically lag other goods and services, so we can expect some relief there in the second half of this year.
Lots to be hopeful about this morning. This inflation data is very good news.
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Gavin Newsom on Fox News - Our good friend Gavin Newsom did a sit-down with Sean Hannity yesterday and knocked it out of the park. I will post the whole interview when it is available but note two things here in this clip:
clear evidence of how spent and hollow the “Biden has been a bad President” narrative has become. It’s LOL ridiculous when you hear Hannity recite it.
Governor Newsom’s use of one of our core data points here at Hopium - Biden six times as many jobs as the last 3 GOP Presidents combined!
Keep working hard all - Simon