Op-Ed: The Biden Inflation Tax, Made Clear in One Chart

This article originally appeared on RealClearPolitics on August 12, 2021.


What is all this “Biden inflation tax” talk really about? What is the actual effect of inflation on the lives of real people?


Well, below is a chart that compares yearly wage and inflation rates for each month from 2017 through July of this year using Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Wage rates are in blue and inflation (as measured by the consumer price index) is in red. When blue is on top, as it was during the entire Trump administration, workers’ wages are beating inflation and their standards of living are improving. When red is on top, they’re not.


While President Biden claims that it is “indisputable” that his jobs plan “is working,” this chart unequivocally shows that it is not, at least not for American workers. Rather, inflation is surging, more than wiping out any wage gains those workers might have experienced.


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