Joe Biden has proven to be a very expensive president for Americans.
A column at the Daily Call News Foundation by E.J. Antoni, a senior fellow at Committee to Unleash Prosperity, confirms that the average American has seen an effective 5% pay cut because of Biden.
“Since Mr. Biden took office, prices have risen about 16 percent, but average hourly wages have risen less than 13 percent, and average weekly hours have been cut back. That has left the average American with an effective pay cut of about 5 percent, and families have been using credit cards to make up for that lost purchasing power,” he explained.
He comments come on the heels of an announcement that Americans’ credit card debt has surpassed $1 trillion.
“While the White House touts the success of ‘Bidenomics,’ American families are drowning in debt, especially on credit cards. The latest data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York show Americans ended the first half of this year with over a trillion dollars of credit card debt for the first time ever. At the same time, credit card interest rates are at record highs, pushing many Americans to the financial brink.”
He said the background to the problem is that Biden has “willfully ignored” basic economics.
“Contrary to the White House talking points, President Joe Biden did not inherit a ‘reeling’ economy and inflation was not ‘already there.’ When he entered the Oval Office, the economy was growing at a $1.5 trillion annualized rate and inflation was 1.4 percent, comfortably below the Federal Reserve’s target inflation rate. But Bidenomics changed all that,” he said.
“In just a year and a half, Mr. Biden managed to deliver two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth (a recession). Moreover, inflation reached 40-year highs, with prices rising in a single month about as fast as they rose in the entire year before Biden took office.
“This is the bitter fruit of the Bidenomics tree. The seed was trillions of dollars in excessive government spending; it was watered with trillions of borrowed dollars and fertilized by the Fed’s printing trillions of dollars. The results are fast-growing prices, a sluggish economy, and family budgets getting squeezed.”
In fact, inflation Biden allowed surged as high as 9.1% just a year ago, and although that reate of increase has moderated since then, it is going up again. Further, the surge in costs that happened over the last year has not gone away, meaning today’s inflation is on top of those increased prices.
“In just two and a half years, outstanding credit card balances have exploded 34 percent, but it gets worse—much worse. The Fed has been steadily raising interest rates to combat the very inflation which it helped cause. That has pushed up borrowing costs, especially on credit cards; their average interest rate is now at an all-time high,” Antoni explained.
“The combination of large balances and high interest rates is a financial death spiral for many American families. When the financing charges on your credit card bill are equal to or greater than what you can afford to pay each month, it becomes impossible to pay down your balance. You are effectively trapped in debt. On top of the higher cost of living, you’re now paying higher financing charges too.”
Also affected are mortgages and auto loans.
Further, there was Biden’s “false promises of a student loan bailout along with a moratorium on student loan payments” that have encouraged some to take on additional debt for schooling.
He pointed out that even Kamala Harris recently confessed that “most Americans would go ‘bankrupt’ if they had a $400 emergency expense.”
“While there is no evidence to support Ms. Harris’ claim, her statement is an indictment of the administration’s economic agenda. For most Americans, a much more likely scenario than bankruptcy is that they would have to put that emergency expense on a credit card—which many families have already had to do.”
IMPORTANT NOTE: To their horror, America’s ruling elites failed to knock out Donald Trump during his four years as president via the fabricated Trump-Russia collusion scandal – conceived and funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign, as the Durham report proves – or through two circus-like impeachment trials. Later came “January 6,” a demonstration-turned-riot by Trump supporters who passionately believed, with good reason, that the recent election – and therefore their country – had just been stolen from them. Members of Congress now want to constitutionally bar Trump from again seeking public office for having instigated “an armed insurrection” (no protester was armed) against America.
Then in March, Trump was indicted in New York on 34 counts of falsifying business records, and in June, still more indictments were filed against Trump – 37 federal criminal charges related to his handling of classified documents. Honest legal experts not in league with the Biden administration openly classify these indictments as somewhere between frivolous and idiotic, not to mention grotesquely politically motivated.
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