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Consumer price index up, White House says it’s a ‘high class problem’

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The Consumer Price Index for September showed a 0.4% increase. Even then, CPI adjusted that increase for the season. Without the adjustment, prices have gone up 5.4%.

Together, the food and shelter indexes made up for more than half of the increase. First, the index for food rose 0.9%. Then, the index for food at home increasing 1.2%.

Former Chairman of Council of Economic Advisers Jason Furman tried to brush the latest inflation report under the rug Wednesday. “Most of the economic problems we’re facing (inflation, supply chains, etc.) are high class problems,” Furman tweeted. “We wouldn’t have had them if the unemployment rate was still 10 percent. We would instead have had a much worse problem.” Furman served under the Obama administration.

https://twitter.com/jasonfurman/status/1448442874828410881

Then, White House Chief of Staff shared Furman’s tweet. In response, podcast host Ben Shapiro pointed out the holes in that logic. “According to this administration, we must choose between massive inflation, shipping bottlenecks, and huge numbers of Americans dropping out of the workforce…or 10% unemployment,” Shapiro tweeted. “Good midterm messaging there.”

https://twitter.com/benshapiro/status/1448636487076093952

Since last September, the price index went up by 5.4%. Meanwhile, in the 12 months since August, it jumped by 5.3%.

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No help at our border, but Biden announces $5 billion going to bike paths, wider sidewalks

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In the world of Democrat delusion, they think $5 billion is necessary, at this point in time, to make bike paths and widen side walks. You cannot make this up. They have approved $40 billion in aide to Ukraine in a heartbeat under President Biden, while having rejected former President Trump’s request for a mere $5 billion to secure our border.

The news also comes as fentanyl and the drug overdoses are the number one cause of death in the U.S. There’s also an increase in human smuggling and extortion to pay to cross the border. But no; let’s make some bike paths and widen sidewalks. That is an immediate emergency.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced Monday that money will be used over five years under his department’s new “Safe Streets & Roads for All” program. The $5 billion ini federals funds will be used “to slow down cars chia more speed cameras, carve out bike paths and wider sidewalks and urging commuters to public transit” reports Daily Mail.

“The aim will be to provide a direct infusion of federal cash to communities that pledge to promote safety for the multiple users of a roadway, particularly pedestrians and bicyclists.” The announcement also coincides with the six-month anniversary of President Biden’s infrastructure legislation, and the beginning of the 2022 “infrastructure week.”

The desire to fix roads is a noble one, as “road traffic injuries also are the leading cause of death among young people aged 5-29. Young adults aged 15-4 account for more than half of all road deaths” reports Daily Mail, which adds:

Still, much of the federal roadmap relies on cooperation from cities and states, and it could take months if not years to fully implement with discernible results – too late to soothe 2022 midterm voters unsettled by this and other pandemic-related ills, such as rising crime.

The latest U.S. guidance Monday invites cities and localities to sketch out safety plans in their applications for the federal grants, which are to be awarded late this year.

It cites examples of good projects as those that promise to transform a high-crash roadway, such as by adding rumble strips to slow cars or installing speed cameras, which the department says could provide more equitable enforcement than police traffic stops; flashing beacons for pedestrian crosswalks; new ‘safe routes’ via sidewalks or other protected pathways to school or public transit in underserved communities; and other ‘quick build’ roadway changes designed with community input.

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