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Op-Ed: Biden's Failed Economy- Here's What Those Inflation Numbers Really Mean

A recent Economist/YouGov poll found that 52% believe the economy is getting worse

This article was authored by Andy Puzder for on June 16, 2023

Inflation for the month of May came in at an annual rate of 4% and the White House immediately and misleadingly tweeted that "inflation has fallen by more than half." In reality, inflation is increasing, not falling. Only the rate at which it is increasing slowed — and not by nearly enough.

Inflation is like compound interest; it just keeps adding up. While annual inflation grew at a 4% rate in May, that was on top of an annual rate of 8.6% last May. So, over the past two years, inflation has been up nearly 13%. The White House tweet absurdly claimed that "[t]his gives families real breathing room." It doesn’t.

Let’s take a look at how the Biden administration’s economic plans are actually working when it comes to taming inflation. Has it really "fallen"? This chart shows the cumulative impact of inflation during Biden’s presidency as compared to the other presidents this century.

So, if the rate of inflation for the remainder of President Biden’s term were flat — that is 0% — the cumulative impact of his massive government spending to date would still make him the inflation leader among presidents in this century.

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