Yellen Admits Inflation Is About to Surge But Says It Will Be ‘Plus For Society’s Point of View’

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by Thomas Catenacci

 

Increased inflation could ultimately be a net positive for the U.S. economy and large government spending won’t overheat the economy, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told Bloomberg.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, who previously chaired the Federal Reserve, said the central bank has been more concerned about inflation levels that are too low, according to Bloomberg. Increasing consumer prices could signal a return to normal, she said.

“We’ve been fighting inflation that’s too low and interest rates that are too low now for a decade,” Yellen told Bloomberg in an interview Sunday.

Yellen acknowledged that there may be a “spurt” in prices as a result in higher spending, but that it would be temporary. Higher inflation could contribute to the Fed deciding to eventually increase interest rates, which would be “a good thing” for the economy in the long run, Yellen said.

“If we ended up with a slightly higher interest rate environment it would actually be a plus for society’s point of view and the Fed’s point of view,” Yellen told Bloomberg.

Yellen added she was committed to the large spending packages proposed by the White House, according to Bloomberg. President Joe Biden has proposed trillion-dollar infrastructure and welfare plans.

She noted that Biden’s proposals would amount to about $400 billion in spending per year, which wouldn’t be enough to trigger run-away inflation, according to Bloomberg.

Meanwhile, multiple inflation measurements released over the last month have shown worrying signs for the ongoing economic recovery.

The Consumer Price Index showed prices increased more between May 2020 and April than any other 12-month period since 2008. In that same period, the Personal Consumption Expenditures price index, the Federal Reserve’s preferred inflation gauge, took its biggest 12-month leap since 1992.

Several economists have warned that increased spending will trigger uncontrollable inflation. Others, including Federal Reserve leaders, have said inflation will remain elevated for the next year before decreasing.

Biden said that a strong economic recovery would bring supply chain issues and “price distortions” during remarks made on May 27. His administration will spread its spending plans over time to limit price pressure, he added.

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Thomas Catenacci is a reporter at Daily Caller News Foundation.
Photo “Janet Yellen” by Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy University CC BY-ND 2.0.

 

 

 

 

 


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3 Thoughts to “Yellen Admits Inflation Is About to Surge But Says It Will Be ‘Plus For Society’s Point of View’”

  1. Gordon Shumway

    oh yeah, not being able to buy as much with your money is always a HUGE plus for me.

    thanks, jackass!

  2. 83ragtop50

    How did this woman manage to get into a position of such power? Higher inflation is good for the US economy and for we citizens. Really?!!! In a sane government such statements would result is an immediate firing. But, of course, the O’Biden admin is anything but sane.

  3. Chris

    Those of us who are old enough to remember the late 1970’s know that runaway inflation creates a Covid-style national panic.

    The problem is that no one knows how high the inflation will go or when it will moderate.

    It hits the lower and hard-working middle classes and retirees the worst, because wages seldom keep up with inflation and retirees see the values of their pensions diminish dramatically.

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