Presenting Inflation...

Tyler Durden's picture

In the last two years, according to Intuit, Americans are reaching deeper into their pockets to cover family-related expenses. Given the current concerns over dis-inflationary pressures, we thought the following infographic might highlight just where that hidden liquidity-/credit-fueled inflation is leaking out.



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Bindar Dundat's picture

And income falling!! Yikes!

resurger's picture

Me: i need a raise, life is getting expensive!

Employer: If you dont like it here, you can leave!

A true story irl.



TheGardener's picture

Life and food is getting worth your while.

Slowly but boldly , food prices gets you reconnected to your gout feeling, things are about to change.

Make no mistake, feed stuff for the masses ever diluted will always appear even cheaper while getting hold of any food worth taking will set you back forever for more

ZerOhead's picture

The Wall Street Daily has boldly taken upon itself the challenge of DEBUNKING the MYTH of rising food prices...

Apparently unless you eat only grapefruit and peppers your food bill has NEVER been CHEAPER!!!


As Walter Falcon, a Stanford economist who specializes in the food industry, told NPR, “We’ve seen major restructuring in [the] poultry, pork and beef industries that has allowed efficiencies and brought down the cost.”

Or, as Dr. Mark Perry of American Enterprise Institute points out, new machines and technology have made it much cheaper to produce food.

Shocker's picture

Inflation is hitting things you need to survive or use daily. Food, Rents, Taxes on property, Gas...

But the new big screen tv, 50% off.

Then Factor in Employment Issues

Layoff / Closing List


noless's picture

My rent definitely hasn't gone down 27%..

Shocker's picture

Think the graph is stating Home Values or Purchasing Price down 27%

kaiserhoff's picture

Nutso data.  Spending on kids is not rising 65-100% in two years, unless you just had your first kid.


HulkHogan's picture

While riding on the fairy this afternoon, I overheard this kid (25 years old or so) talking about the deal she just got on her iphone - only $50 a month! A few sentences later, she said that she had to talk to her boss about changing her schedule because the bus doesn't run on Sundays! iphones > vehicles.

NoDebt's picture

Small number of rich, large number of poor and just enough middle class to service the rich.  As it has been in most societies for most of history.  Gigantic reversion to the mean going on.  It will not stop nor will it be reversed at this point.  Your mission, should you choose to accept it:  stay in the middle class.  Look at your neighbor to your left.  Now look at your neighbor to your right.  One of you will not be in the middle class any more in a few years.


By the way, the starting gun sounded about 20 years ago. 



1C3-N1N3's picture

Neighbor to the left is on the dole. Neighbor to the right is a vacancy. But I'll be middle class in a few years, because fuck trends.

By the way, the starting gun sounded about 20 years ago.

Grade school was the time to make it work? I'll go for this decade being the time to make it work, because hard mode.

Besides, the barely-animate yeast culture in my fridge coulda started a successful business during the 90s. Shit, where's the glory in that?

theliberalliberal's picture

Grade school was the time to make it work? I'll go for this decade being the time to make it work, because hard mode.


Good attitude.  Go get 'em, tiger

AldousHuxley's picture

already covered by warren...


Don't forget housing is bubbling up again with double digit increases what's total CPI now?


Depreciating Assets: Toys, anything made in china, cars, clothing that goes out of fashion in 2 years.

Appreciating Assets: education, healthcare, housing


Middle class is disappearing because US elites favored the ignorant poor and gave away cheap junk at Walmart to preoccupy themselves with military make work kill a'rabs jobs and molest children at airport security while the real middle class professionals get taxed 50% and really important pillars of middle class in any country gets taken away...


+ Education increases value of your mind

+ Healthcare increases value of your body

+ Housing increases value of your savings

UP Forester's picture

At least you can get a federal tax break and shared benefits when you marry that fairy now.

dunce's picture

Celebrities have big mucho moolah, i can not wait for the divorces and alimony. Maybe with semen donors even child support for 18 or more years.

donsluck's picture

Get real, marriage means a tax INCREASE.

Creepy Lurker's picture

"While riding on the fairy this afternoon..."

I can't stop laughing! XD

StychoKiller's picture

Nuvo verbogeny is for creatific thinkerizers!

Colonel Klink's picture

Yep, me too.  Supreme (pfft) court just passed a law that ferries can marry. (sic)

All Risk No Reward's picture

Folks, please define terms.  There is price inflation and there is money supply inflation.  Undefined "inflation" leaves lots of room for confusion.

The second chart is the best depiction of monetary inflation (and GDP).  BTW, it was ILLEGAL to take money exponential to GDP - just look up and read Section 2A of the Federal Reserve Act for yourself.  Get used to going to source documents and not letting a middle person mislead you, in this case international banking cartel puppet Ben Bernanke and their other establishment minions.

Note that money is higher than in 2007.  I believe this is misleading, though.  Why?  Because of mark to myth.  If mark to market existed, the debt would be substantially lower than in 2007 - hence monetary deflation is the reality, IMHO.  Of course, I can't look at the crooked books, so I can't know for sure, but I'd know how I would bet.

So why are prices inflating in most stuff we need if it isn't because of marginal money swamping the extinguishing debts?

That's easy - the banksters are siphoning off society's cash and then they are GAMBLING it on the stuff you need.  This is nothing new.

Gentlemen! I too have been a close observer of the doings of the Bank of the United States. I have had men watching you for a long time, and am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin! Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my sin! You are a den of vipers and thieves. I have determined to rout you out, and by the Eternal, (bringing his fist down on the table) I will rout you out!
~From the original minutes of the Philadelphia committee of citizens sent to meet with President Jackson (February 1834), according to Andrew Jackson and the Bank of the United States (1928) by Stan V. Henkels - online PDF

The banksters were robbing people via speculation 1834, people.  The only "innovation" is that now they charge their losses to the ignorant tax payer.

This is what is happening.  This is what is real.

This paradigm that "money printing" is going to explode gold to $5k anytime soon shows a stunning ignorance of what is actually going on.  Of course, stunning ignorance is what the establishment sells to the masses.  They are very intelligent and conniving.  They fund and control the establishment - the entire thing, top down with the minions compartmentalized and hired to promote and agenda and fired when they get uppity - and they fund the opposition.

Yes, Ludwig von Mises was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.  I'm not saying Mises was a fraud or that all, or even most, of his ideas are wrong.  What I'm saying is that the Rockefeller class of people saw something in his message that benefitted them.

Rockefeller class people control both the mega corporations and the mega governments - so presenting a false dichotomy between government regulation (they regulate their competition away) or free market (their mega corps crush their competition away) is to their benefit!  Tails the win, heads everyone else loses.

Lord Acton nailed it:

"The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the people versus the banks."
~Lord Acton

I would only clarify that "the banks" includes all the myriad of fronts for the international banking cartel.  In short, it is the mega vs everyone else.

Read the 2nd page of this Debt Money Tyranny proof for solutions.

Nobody will save us, we have to help save ourselves by defunding the bigs and spreading the message to others.

Big is evil - and all ultimately report to the international banking cartel.  It doesn't matter if it is Big Bank, Big Government, Big Energy, Big Retail, Big Bio, Big Agra, Big Pesticide, Big Military, Big Police State, Big Prison, Big Media or Big Drug Cartel, they are all bad news.

The only vote you have that matters in the end is HOW YOU SPEND YOUR MONEY.  Buy small and pay cash (deny banksters transaction fees!).  Build your community.

disabledvet's picture

Inflation...say hello to DE-LEVERAGING. move along...

All Risk No Reward's picture

The self interest of TBTF&Jail is to force all their competition into failure so that only TBTF&Jail Big Finance Capital front corporations are left standing to control the world.

Once they are done looting, then they will move on to consolidating the planet's resources under their T BTF&Jail corporate fronts.

TBTF&Jail is Frankenstein on the loose.

Landrew's picture

Higher efficiency fewer workers, the true double edged sword.

Anusocracy's picture

Government has negated the cost saving efficiencies of scale and technology by becoming more parasitic and controlling.

Otherwise, things would be far, far cheaper.

TruthInSunshine's picture

All is well - local governmental units (which grew in "bloatness" at 3x the already incredible rate of federal agencies over the last 3 decades) have ended unpaid furlough days in most areas as local units of government are starting to increase (or begin the process of increasing) property taxes at ratios as much as 4x the BLS rate of inflation.

That's just one example of a literal list of hundreds as to how government is again digging its talons ever deeper and more permanently up the asses of Americans from coast to coast.

Speaking of BLS fairy tales, they aired a segment on National Propaganda Radio tonight focusing on the whys/hows as to how there is a movement to revise the CPI again, because....and I swear on all that is holy that this is accurate and there's a serious proposal on the table....

....the current methodology OVERSTATES INFLATION. I repeat, there are very serious people within the BLS, the Fed and other prestigious (implied /sarc) institutions, that are actively pushing to have the BLS move to a " Chained Consumer Price Index" methodology of tabulating inflation.

Oh look, there's the link to the story. Do not read if you are subject to rage in the face of unimaginable lies, distortions & con games.

New Inflation Gauge Would Cut Benefits, Hike Taxes : NPR

The inflation measure under consideration is called the Chained Consumer Price Index. On average, the measure shows a lower level of inflation than the more widely used Consumer Price Index.


The chained CPI assumes that as prices rise, consumers turn to lower-cost alternatives, reducing the amount of inflation they experience. For example, if the price of beef increases while the price of pork does not, people will buy more pork.

I have a better idea: If you're cold, just sleep outside in the snow, and you'll fall into a warm lull harkening death. That'll cut expenses. Substitute that. If you're hungry, instead of buying and eating food, don't. You'll really save some money that way. Screw medical coverage/treatment and driving. You don't really need to see the doctor & you can walk to wherever your going - cha-ching, money in the bank.

The shit is beyond surreal at this point. It's like nothing I've ever witnessed, experienced or lived through before.

This tells me (this being this noisy announcement via National Propaganda Radio) that they are floating this to see how much backlash there will be and to prepare the sheeples' minds, B.F. Skinner style, for more, bigger lies and bullshit.

JohnG's picture



Beef -> Pork -> Chicken -> Cat Food.....

Poor Grogman's picture

Beef -> Pork -> Chicken -> Cat Food-> left over rubbish

TruthInSunshine's picture

Beef> Pork> Chicken> Cat Food> left over trash> Dudley's used iPad 2

DaddyO's picture

Beef> Pork> Chicken> Cat Food> left over trash> Dudley's used iPad>Gold>Silver

There I fixed it for all the PM haters out there...


francis_sawyer's picture

Beef Flavored Soylent Green> Pork Flavored Soylent Green> Chicken Flavored Soylent Green> Catfood Flavored Soylent Green> Peas> iPad

Mr. Mandelbrot's picture

The NPR link above was dead when I clicked on it, but it looks like they floated the EXACT same trial balloon in 2011:

TruthInSunshine's picture

Good catch. It would appear that the trial balloon (of testing pushback to further distorting inflation rates to massively underreport actual rate of inflation) has been now spread far and wide amongst the Main Stream Media Sock Puppet Proxies.

Tenshin Headache's picture

Not with the price of cat food these days!

graftvshost's picture

Beef -> Pork -> Chicken -> Cat Food -> Cat...

yogibear's picture

Include horse meat.

OK to slaughter horses for meat, federal agency tells New Mexico plant

Next culture will get Americans  used to eating insects. 


BoNeSxxx's picture

I think the sheeple's minds are already prepared.

A recent stop at the rest stop en route on a family vacation was rather alarming. I couldn't believe the cretins I witnessed there were capable of passing a driving test let alone entrusted to vote.

We are so screwed.

musket's picture

Same thing at the airport.....the single largest collection of classless clowns I've seen since the DMV. 

artless's picture

You had to hit the road and go to a rest stop to come to that conclusion? Shit, I just walk out my door and I'm surrounded by said cretins. And those are just the absolute dregs. Add in the "willfully ignorant" that masquerade as competent, contributing members of society and there ain't that many left with even half a brain.

Skateboarder's picture

"When you know that you time is close at hand,
maybe then, you'll begin to understand,
that life down here is just a strange illusion."

Hallowed Be thy Name, Iron Maiden.

earleflorida's picture

keep on dumbing em down until they eat the corn from their own excrement ... moar, moar and mo-moar

Scro's picture

I don't remember have corn.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

TIS, I may have stumbled on an important fact last week that may make the BLS challenged to maintain this charade much longer. I am in charge of inventory in our lab and last week I ordered a six months supply of sterile plastic transfer pipets ( essentially "office supplies" for a microbiology lab). Thirteen years ago they were $40 for 2000. Last year that were $46. My purchaser called me questioning the necessity of them because they were now $127.00! I told her hell no we weren't paying that for some stupid pipets and told her to check other vendors. She checked 5 other suppliers and ALL came back basically the same price. Dare I say collusion? Price fixing? This has to be the result of the impending doom called obama care. Yesterday I got an email requesting my presence in a emergency meeting due to a system wide problem in budget. It turns out just our five labs in the healthcare system is already 500k over budget. There have been no capital improvements in years. In fact we complain the roof leaks in areas and have to cover sensitive instruments so not to damage them. I know this is not due to reckless spending.

I do not know if i am seeing a glimpse of hyperinflation, just a temporary spike due to the uncertainty of Obamacare or the underpinnings of a serious disaster that could potentially rock this country to the core. I myself have decided to respond in case it is the latter. I had an elective surgery scheduled in October. I have moved it to August. I recommend everyone else here do the same. I've been in healthcare 30 years and this is the first time I am truly scared what may be coming. If anyone here has any data to the contrary I'd love to hear it. I'd rather be the laughable Chicken Little than praised as a Visionary.


TruthInSunshine's picture

Bernanke & his fellow central bankers have broken each and every function and relationship that are associated with anything remotely approximating "free markets."

Bernanke is essentially Alan Greenspan on steroids, utilizing a massively larger hand to intervene in - and manipulate - a much larger array of asset classes, using a massively larger pile of levered debt.

These historical episodes of radical central bankster interventionism always end the same way. Hedge accordingly.

Professorlocknload's picture


Oh-care was engineered to fail, and designed as a conduit to Universal Single Payer.

And on inflation, property maintenance hardware and supplies validate your "pipet" price increases, what ever those are. It's across the board.

Sure, Chinese widgets are now going to come washing ashore at much lower prices as the Chicom  economy shrinks, but most all else is either going to be more expensive, or disappear from production as input costs rise...labor included, factoring in Oh-care.

A friend in Personnel at a midsized Ag-Tech firm informs me 30% staff cuts are being considered there, all attributable to this spike in health care costs.They are desperately researching means of automation as survival mechanism.


TruthInSunshine's picture

I'm not so sure Obamacare was designed to fail.

It seems many, many health insurance and pharmaceutical companies (whose representatives LITERALLY wrote the legislation) will be getting precisely what they paid good money bribing "elected representatives" for...

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Professor, I have always felt single payer was what congress ultimately had in mind. Also, I believe they are politically very savvy imploding our current system because people will suffer and demand action. It's much better having people demand single payer than shove it down their throats. Smart move on their part IMHO.

The pipets to which I spoke are already made in china. Probably in some unmanned factory that runs day and night. They are of crappy quality but we don't care because they used in unimportant matters and are disposable. I can't imagine what we could get that would be cheaper. If crap has now become expensive what is going to happen to the more naturally expensive items due to the fact they are harder to manufacture? I ordered $80,000 molecular reagent for detecting MRSA last Monday. It should last 6 weeks. Last year it was $60,000. So the cheap crap is spiking more than the more costly but they both are increasing at an unsustainable rate. I frankly don't know where this is going to go.


Drachma's picture

Wow, that's some pricey Staph. detector. Miffed, I'm curious to know where your test samples come from. Are you in any way involved with measuring population colonization rates of MRSA? Cheers.