New Inflation Data Reveal Yet Another Red Flag (And Undercut Bernie’s Narrative)

First, they told us inflation wasn’t happening. Then, they said it was temporary. Now they’re out of excuses. 

The most recent data for consumer prices, most widely watched, came in at an astounding 7.9% annual increase. Yet that’s not the only index worth watching. The latest Producer Price Index was also just released on Tuesday, and it shows that the input prices facing businesses have soared 10% over the last year. This index captures the costs/expenses businesses face, and it is the preferred metric for inflation used by America’s central bank, the Federal Reserve. 

This latest data set is more than just a confirmation of what we already knew. 

It officially makes this problem undeniable for the Federal Reserve, since this is the data set it follows most closely. At this point, they have no choice but to stop printing money like crazy. 

What’s more, these new numbers utterly undercut the Democrats’ inflation narrative. From Elizabeth Warren to Bernie Sanders, many progressive Democrats have tried to blame rising consumer prices on “corporate greed,” rather than their reckless spending policies and rampant money-printing.

Economists across the political spectrum have rejected this notion out of hand, because it never made any sense. (Corporations are no more greedy today than they were 5 years ago.) 

Yet the Producer Price Index makes this narrative even harder to believe. Think about it like this: The prices facing businesses have risen 10%, but consumer prices have only risen 7.9%. 

So, if anything, businesses are eating some of the loss rather than passing it all on to consumers. This situation hardly seems like price-gouging. Of course, don’t expect it to actually change the narrative—it was always about politics, not economic reality. 

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Brad Polumbo is a libertarian-conservative journalist and co-founder of Based Politics. His work has been cited by top lawmakers such as Senator Rand Paul, Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Pat Toomey, Congresswoman Nancy Mace, Congressman Thomas Massie, and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, as well as by prominent media personalities such as Jordan Peterson, Sean Hannity, Dave Rubin, Ben Shapiro, and Mark Levin. Brad has also testified before the US Senate, appeared on Fox News and Fox Business, and written for publications such as USA Today, National Review, Newsweek, and the Daily Beast. He hosts the Breaking Boundaries podcast and has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.