When Americans consider who to vote for they look at kitchen table issues like putting food in the family's mouths, paying the bills or looking at what improvements around the house or apartment they can afford. Maybe even if they can see their way clear to take a little vacation this summer or fall, or maybe there's a tuition bill to be paid.
But if you're the one who does the shopping at your house you see firsthand that things are going south, in a hurry.
Everything at the grocery stores has gone up 20-25 percent. Items that were $2 six months ago are now $2.50. Things that were $4 are now $4.99.
How bout this? In November of last year the nationwide average for a gallon of gas was $2.18. Now it's $3.24.
The consumer price index jumped 0.9% in June and 5.4% from the same month last year, according to Labor Department data released last month. Excluding the volatile food and energy components, the so-called core CPI rose 4.5% from June 2020, the largest advance since November 1991.
When you annualize that .9 percent June jump you're talking more than 10 percent inflation that is possible this year.
Feel more secure financially?
And you want to talk about brain-dead mainstream news?
Last week I saw a headline that read, "With Biden in White House, seniors will see their biggest raise in decades."
Social security hikes are tied directly to the CPI, which means they only go up as much as inflation. It's not a raise. It keeps you from losing real income.
Meanwhile, America is faltering on foreign soil, losing 13 of her soldiers on a single day near the Kabul airport after going more than a year with no lives lost.
We've left millions of dollars worth of equipment behind for the Taliban and other terror groups to absorb into their armory.
Our most precious allies like England, France. Germany and Israel are losing confidence in our role as the leader of the free world.
Meanwhile, many educators - and I use that term loosely - seek to continue teaching critical race theory while seeking to cancel and demean our country's own history. Remember, history is what happened, not what we think, or imagine happened or how we view it as happening for our own political purposes.
We have people locked up in Washington jails waiting for trial in the Jan. 6 Capitol unrest, while those who looted cities and sought to destroy federal courthouses time and time again last summer remain free with no consequence.
How is looting liquor stores, burning minority owned businesses and trying to take over police precincts, courthouses and whole city blocks get a pass but having some fisticuffs with police puts you in jail for a year with no trial and no plea deal offered?
If all the folks who'd tussled with Rochester Police in the past year were in jail, there'd be few left to do damage.
More than 2,000 police were injured in those summer 2020 riots and more than 16,000 were arrested for protest-related crimes, but more than half of local district attorneys refused to prosecute. Go figure!
Meanwhile, anyone that took a selfie in the Capitol on Jan. 6 is locked away tight with no "speedy trial" encumbrances on prosecutors and lame-ass public defenders who love to kick the can down the road - especially in the summer - while those accused just wait and rot behind bars.
But let's leave the bully pulpit and get back to the kitchen table.
How you doing getting some handyman to come over and do some odd jobs for $15 or $20 an hour? How you like paying double what it used to cost for lumber and building supplies? How you like not being able to get lumber and building supplies? Have you noticed that when it comes to getting through to businesses on the phone to rectify situations it's near impossible?
I mean what small business can afford to pay someone $20 an hour to answer phones, take message and perform menial tasks? None. So they don't fill the position and you pay the price with your precious time, which by the way, you can't ever recover.
Yeah, a year ago we had a president who worked his butt off but was prone to an occasional "mean tweet."
Today we got a president who goes to bed at 8 at night and sleeps till 10 a.m. Lord knows what he does during his waking hours.
Btw, can you get impeached for incompetence?