Heading into Memorial Day weekend, American motorists will see the highest prices at the pump since 2014, according to AAA. Gas prices now average $3.04 a gallon nationally – reflecting a jump of more than $1.00 compared to the same time last year.
A rising gasoline price is just one of many emerging symptoms of a larger inflation problem:
- A lack of housing inventory, low interest rates, and surging costs for building materials are pushing home prices through the roof.
- Billionaire Warren Buffett recently complained that he is seeing significant inflation pressures throughout the supply chains of businesses he owns.
- Beef is becoming increasingly unaffordable for many grocery shoppers, and rising food costs are forcing already beleaguered restaurants to hike menu prices.
These examples are even being confirmed by the government’s own notoriously understated Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Producer Price Index gauges.