Get Ready For The Most Painful Inflation Since The Jimmy Carter Years Of The 1970s

by | May 3, 2021 | Headline News | 10 comments

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    This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse Blog. 

    If you are too young to have been alive during the 1970s, you might want to read up on that decade, because current economic conditions are starting to become eerily similar to what we experienced back then.  In the 1970s, an energy crisis caused tremendously long lines at gas stations all over the country.

    In 2021, we don’t have a shortage of gasoline, but shortages of other key products are starting to cause very serious problems.  In fact, as you will see below, even the Biden administration is publicly admitting that there will be “supply chain disruptions” in the months ahead.  The 1970s also featured extremely painful inflation, and I certainly don’t need to tell you that prices have been rising very aggressively lately.  In fact, Bloomberg is using the term “skyrocketing” to describe the “upward trajectory” of commodity prices…

    The prices of raw materials used to make almost everything are skyrocketing, and the upward trajectory looks set to continue as the world economy roars back to life.

    From steel and copper to corn and lumber, commodities started 2021 with a bang, surging to levels not seen for years. The rally threatens to raise the cost of goods from the lunchtime sandwich to gleaming skyscrapers. It’s also lit the fuse on the massive reflation trade that’s gripped markets this year and pushed up inflation expectations. With the U.S. economy pumped up on fiscal stimulus, and Europe’s economy starting to reopen as its vaccination rollout gets into gear, there’s little reason to expect a change in direction.

    Over the past year, the Federal Reserve has pumped more money into the financial system than ever before, and the U.S. government has been on a wild spending spree that makes Zimbabwe look fiscally conservative.

    It was inevitable that this was going to cause rampant inflation, but the numbers that we are starting to see are so crazy they are difficult to believe.  A couple of weeks ago, Charlie Bilello posted a summary of how commodity prices have changed over the past year…

    Lumber: +265%
    WTI Crude: +210%
    Gasoline: +182%
    Brent Crude +163%
    Heating Oil: +107%
    Corn: +84%
    Copper: +83%
    Soybeans: +72%
    Silver: +65%
    Sugar: +59%
    Cotton: +54%
    Platinum: +52%
    Natural Gas: +43%
    Palladium: +32%
    Wheat: +19%
    Coffee: +13%

    At this point, nobody can deny what is happening, and even the Biden administration is admitting that there will be “supply chain disruptions” and “transitory increases in prices”…

    Council of Economic Advisers chair Cecilia Rouse said on this week’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday” that they expect to see some “transitory inflation” as America is coming out of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Anchor Chris Wallace said, “Can you guarantee with all this spending that we are not going to have a new round of overheating the economy and serious inflation?

    Rouse said, “These are very serious concerns, and we know that coming out of an extremely deep recession that there are going to be bumps along the way. We expect that there is going to be supply chain disruptions. That will cause some transitory increases in prices.”

    Biden administration officials would like for us to believe that this inflationary period will just be “temporary”, but exactly how do they plan to achieve that?

    Do they have a plan to somehow pull trillions of dollars out of the system?

    No, they are planning to borrow and spend trillions more.

    In the 1970s, double-digit inflation made headlines for years on end.  Many people believe that we are well on the way to a return to such levels, but according to John Williams of, we are already there.  In fact, if inflation was still calculated the way that it was back in 1980, we would already be in double-digit territory.

    And for certain items, we are already seeing inflation that is off the charts.

    For example, the price of corn is up more than 30 percent so far in 2021…

    From tortillas to cornbread, some of your favorite corn-based dishes may go up in price late this summer.

    Corn has been leading the rally among grain commodities, rising more than 30% in 2021, according to MarketWatch.

    Corn is used in hundreds of different products at the grocery store, and so this is going to dramatically affect the food budgets of millions upon millions of American families.

    Meanwhile, we continue to see more shortages start to emerge.  Last week, the mainstream media was freaking out over our new nationwide chicken shortage

    A chicken shortage is taking place across the country, much of it fueled by the chicken sandwich craze at fast food chains such as KFC and Bojangles, which are having a hard time keeping up with soaring demand. Experts say February’s massive winter storm in Texas also contributed to gaps in the supply chain.

    That shortage is supposed to be “temporary”, but analysts are warning that the current computer chip shortage could last until 2022.

    But despite all of the problems that I just detailed, Americans are increasingly optimistic about the future.

    In fact, one recent poll found that a whopping 64 percent of all Americans “are optimistic about the direction of the country”

    Nearly two-thirds of Americans (64%) are optimistic about the direction of the country in the poll, which was conducted by Ipsos in partnership with ABC News using Ipsos’ KnowledgePanel.

    And Americans are also extremely optimistic about the stock market.  If you can believe it, Americans now have more of their assets invested in the stock market than ever before

    Individual investors are holding more stocks than ever before as major indexes climb to fresh highs. They are also upping the ante by borrowing to magnify their bets or increasingly buying on small dips in the market.

    Stockholdings among U.S. households increased to 41% of their total financial assets in April, the highest level on record. That is according to JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Federal Reserve data going back to 1952 that includes 401(k) retirement accounts.

    Most Americans seem to believe that happy days are here again, and the stage is set for an immense nationwide emotional meltdown once this “bubble of hope” inevitably bursts.

    Anyone that believes that things are going to get better has a fundamental misunderstanding of the times in which we live.

    We have just been through the most painful year for the U.S. economy since the Great Depression of the 1930s, and I know that most people would like to see things turn around, but that simply is not going to happen.

    Very dark days are ahead, and those that are trusting Joe Biden to save America are going to be bitterly, bitterly disappointed.

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      1. Hey guys, want to have some fun? Go back in the archives of this blog and see how many times their predictions have come true. They must take us for idiots.

        • “Bwaaaa haaaa haaa”, you have placed me in the undesirable position of defending Michael Snyder. I enjoy his writing but often disagree with his premises & conclusions.

          More than a decade of metaphorically printing currency (it’s really just on the books) like Monopoly-money should surely lead to inflation. When you increase the quantity of currency without increasing production, the logical result is a devaluation of all dollars. Do you believe MMT (Modern Monetery Theory) is anything other than an irrational justification for endless currency printing?

      2. The chief cause for low interest rates, inflation, etc. is through the “fiscal policies” of gov’t and Fed. Res., and only gov’t can change it, if it wants.

        Here are some reasons why gov’t wants inflation, contrary to propaganda:
        -creating money out of thin air is all that stands between the present economy and out-right depression,
        -it helps the gov’t pay crushing debt with devalued dollars, and helps gov’t and corporations deal with the massive Boomer generation crisis to pay for promised retirements,
        -inflation creates more than 500 billions dollars in additional taxes for the benefit of the US gov’t that is little understood by the public, and not discussed in elections,
        -it creates a second but very different form of hidden taxation by generating artificial market highs that do not exist in inflation- adjusted terms, and therefore in reality create artificial investment profits that gov’t still taxes,
        -decreasing the value of the dollar is a weapon for the gov’t to wage a currency war to help evade a depression ( the gov’t lies about this
        -inflation in reality serves as a component of enhanced political power of politicians and officialdom, the extra dollars are used as largess to reward friends or withheld from their enemies.

        Here’s how it all really works. Taxes collected cannot possibly pay for all the money gov’t spends. Then how is the gap covered? The solution is to make the dollars worth on a few cents. This made for example a annual household income of say 100 K dollars to less than 5 K dollars, it’s painful, but manageable because it takes place over decades. Now those seemingly impossible spending promises and debts become payable. This all keeps going until it is untenable, then the inevitable massive depression.

      3. Surprising that Drudge would link to a website such as this. It’s just another site run by conspiracy nuts.

      4. LOL over the past year…..

        From the multi-decade low of the COVID crash on everything.

        Shocked no one but the writer of this story.

        Take the prices a month before COVID hit and see how less “shocking” those increases are. Hell we had 80% less gas demand, wow you mean oil has gone up from that???

      5. Not very honest to list WTI Crude, Brent Crude and Heating Oil in the list of commodities with huge increases.

        Those huge increases are because a year ago we were near the bottom of the flash crash of oil to 0 (and below). It’s now higher but not by much from pre-pandemic and will likely go a bit higher but come on…. context.


      7. Id say it will be worse than during carter. much worse.

      8. Inflation is the hidden tax on the poor and elderly.

      9. I like agronomy, and tinkering, and see countless workarounds, except for that the punishment is self-imposed by Type-B’s, who prefer it this way.

        “There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error which proceedeth from the ruler: Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place. I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth.”
        — from Ecc 10

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