Commentary: The Treacherous Road to Runaway Inflation

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by Bob Luddy

 

In January, 2001, America had a balanced budget, low debt, and was at peace. Here, briefly, is what lay ahead: war, financial crisis, civil unrest, massive growth of the federal government, and now severe inflation.

Never in the history of America has our government in its ineptitude created such a false economy, risking hundreds of years of hard work on unsound and unworkable economic policies. The Founders wisely relied on dispersion of power. They knew there would be dishonest and incompetent politicians but, in this case, the entire government is infected with deceptive leaders.

This process began when George W. Bush destroyed a budget surplus in 2001 to increase the size of the federal government, creating unwinnable wars and a housing crisis, which led to a major financial crisis in 2008. He piled up $3 trillion in new debt. The worst outcome was the large number of our soldiers permanently wounded and now long forgotten.

Not to be outdone, President Obama continued the deficit spending, seeking “shovel ready” projects, which don’t exist because government permits take years. Obama added another $7 trillion to double the national debt. He also began the chaos with identity politics, which now undermines our culture.

Trump was to drain the swamp but did it with a fire hose in lieu of a drain. He was proud of being tariff-man, but tariffs undermine trade and over time undermine the ability of American manufacturers to produce by creating shortages and inflation. COVID was mishandled at all government levels, shuttering our domestic production capacities, which are easy to shut and painfully hard to restart. In four years, he increased the national debt by $7.8 trillion.

This reckless spending is a prime example of why all government interventions fail and lead to more interventions, namely endless trillion-dollar spending. The Federal Reserve enables this spending with money printing. This largesse now includes paying the workforce to stay home. We are all aware of a massive worker shortage created by Biden and Congress.

The fourth president of the 21st century, Joe Biden, arrived with the worst economic ideas and they are systemically crippling our economy. He demanded more trillion-dollar spending, but that is not enough. He now wants $5 trillion in new spending paid for with new taxes.

Say’s law says: “Supply creates its own demand.” Conversely, spending does not create supply, a fact that is lost on our politicians.

Think of what is happening. Congress is going to tax every producer, reduce investment, and make small business very difficult so that the worst money managers on the planet (Congress) can go on a spending spree and reward the large, connected corporations and create an ever larger welfare state, which also seriously undermines America’s ability to produce and has created trillion-dollar deficits, which undermine the dollar, the world’s reserve currency.

Every working person and producer is stressed because of the government’s polices favoring those who stay home, including 80 percent of unionized federal workers who are teleworking at taxpayer expense and cannot be rated or fired.

Congressional Democrats are scheming to tax everything and everyone, including hard-working farmers. These taxes will undermine every producer so Biden and Congress can spend lavishly on moronic programs, heavily influenced by the Green New Deal, and on expanded welfare. This is a classic case of tyranny. These welfare programs make America unhealthy by deteriorating skills and the work ethic.

A few more things to keep in mind:

  • CPI (Consumer Price Index) rose 5.3 percent for the months ending August 2021, but PPI (Producer Price Index) increased closer to 8.3 percent over the past year. This is just the beginning. Inflation accelerates as government continues to spend.
  • Steel prices have increased by more than 200 percent over the past year.
  • Shortages abound for every industrial component.
  • The Fed promotes low interest rates and buys home mortgages, which seriously inflates the cost of homes, now beyond the reach of many citizens.
  • Congress is spending irrationally, with each congressman willing to vote yes for their district’s share of the loot.
  • Anthony Fauci should be fired for incompetence and many destructively false comments from his nonstop thrust for power and control. Looking over the past year, does anyone believe lockdowns and mandates have worked as intended?

The stock market is taking notice. Many stocks are wildly overpriced by investors, on margin (borrowed money), and many will lose billions of dollars as the market corrects. These investors are encouraged by scam artists with no SEC discipline. Why does the SEC even exist?

Government works in slow time, while markets work in fast time. These corrections would have already occurred, except for endless government spending and a Fed that literally props up the market.

Biden wants all employers with 100 employees to take the vaccine, which will exasperate worker shortages and abate freedom. This order will further erode the workforce.

Every American with common sense knows inflation is a serious problem but not Joe Biden or Fed chairman Jerome Powell. They named inflation transitory, which is fundamentally dishonest and a lie.

Inflation is too much money chasing too few goods. Shortages abound in our economy, driving future inflation.

The only cure is to stop spending and taxing and allow Americans to be free to produce. Joe Biden needs to do nothing but end his destructive executive orders and disastrous economic policies.

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Recognizing the demand for a quality manufacturer of commercial kitchen ventilation equipment, Bob Luddy purchased a sheet metal shop in 1981 and transformed it into CaptiveAire Systems. Today, CaptiveAire employs over 1,400 individuals, with 90 sales offices and six manufacturing facilities nationwide, and sales over $500 million in 2019. A strong advocate of excellent education, Bob establishes schools that help youth develop good character and reasoning skills. In 1998, Bob established Franklin Academy, a public charter school in Wake Forest, which now serves over 1,600 K-12 students. In 2001, Bob founded St. Thomas More Academy, a classical, college preparatory high school in Raleigh. In 2007, Bob opened Thales Academy, a network of private schools offering a high quality Pre-K-12 education at an affordable tuition. The Luddy Schools are quickly growing, with over 5,000 students enrolled throughout North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Bob is an avid supporter of entrepreneurs and the free market system, and published his book, “Entrepreneurial Life: The Path from Startup to Market Leader,” in 2018.
Photo “Joe Biden” by GPA Photo Archive. Background Photo “Money” by SCR3AMFR3AK. Background Photo “United States Capitol Building” by Kimberly Vardeman. CC BY 2.0.

 

 

 


Appeared at and reprinted from The American Spectator

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2 Thoughts to “Commentary: The Treacherous Road to Runaway Inflation”

  1. William Delzell

    All you have to do to cut inflation is to cut the military budget and close down our overseas bases. Use that money instead on projects that will pay for themselves such as infrastructure improvement that will provide many decent paying jobs for people who then can afford to purchase more products that, in turn, will hire more people to keep up with the demand. We need a Great COMPRESSION instead of a Great Depression!

  2. The Treacherous Road to Runaway Inflation…

    … is the OPPORTUNITY for Profit.

    The last time stagflation occurred was the 1970s. Simply research what performed very well, during that time, and voila; a fairly simple plan emerges. And technological advancements have little to do with it. Old, yawn, metals, commodities, energy, international investments/currencies, etc. Oh, and War. The War Stocks! Especially under this admin. There are many other things, that will pop out, for the educated and investigative!

    Soon, will be an AWESOME time to BUY! For some things, now is the time. Last week actually, but, hey, learn… think… do. ~ “Cha-ching” can happen. Tip one, if you have nothing else to do, wait and catch the falling knife! {Soon!} Last drop (March 2020), the stock market fell from just over 29k, down to almost 17k. A 41% loss. Imagine having invested when the market was around 18k, or 19k. WOW, last week, your “in at 19k” would have sold for 35k! An 85% return, in only 1.5 years! ~ Now THAT’s… Cha ching, baby!!

    That same opportunity exists just around the corner, soon. Cash, and equivalents, could prove king. I suggest, when it does, buying (strong cash-creating blue-chip stocks, like Berk.b, etc!) spreading your “buying the falling knife” out, three times, or so. Once when the market “feels” really low (at least a 25% fall!), again when it falls more (between 25%-35%), and then, another buy when it falls even more (35%-45%+)! Or even a “dead cat bounce” gamble, or a final buy just as it begins to rise, to “get in” one last time, while tremendous value abounds.

    In 2020, a complete market recovery occurred, within one year. THAT… will NOT happen, again. The next time the market crashes, it will take 5-12 years, for the market to recover JUST back to break-even. If you get in early, you will profit early. You will NOT have to wait as long, to see fair gains. (Beware your 401ks!!, they could be at risk, if you plan to retire within 2-9 years.)

    WOW. I believe, for all major decisions made by Joe Biden, that flipping a coin would have yielded far better results, for the country! Or, even those made by a six-year-old child. Well… that one may be a wash. ~ My bad.

    Good luck! Profit awaits!

    ~ Quark

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