Sunday, April 17, 2022

Blame inflation on century of bungling

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for March 16, 2022)

The US government is probably relieved it can now blame the results of some of its past crimes and bungling-- such as inflation and other economic disasters-- on the Russian military invasion of Ukraine and most people will believe it. In fact, the same is likely true of every government in the world.

The fact is, this train pulled out of the station years before the Ukrainian invasion was considered.

The inflation was caused by the Federal Reserve's destruction of the dollar followed by a century of governmental meddling in the economy.

The huge counterfeiting operation they called a "stimulus" was going to cause higher inflation. It was inevitable. That's what adding money backed by nothing to an economy does; every dollar already out there becomes worth less and less. Shutdowns and crippling regulations imposed as an overreaction to Covid added to the trouble.

If this invasion hadn't happened, the US government would have needed to find another phony reason for the hard times; an excuse which didn't point back at themselves. The Covid excuse wasn't working so well on the population anymore. They needed a new one.

Now they can blame Putin and many people will believe it. His invasion of Ukraine didn't help matters, but it's only a contributing factor, not the main cause.

Yet, the US government also shares in the blame for the situation in Ukraine. The invasion was largely caused by decades of provocation by the US government and NATO. They asked for trouble and they got it.

Most people don't realize this.

Don't worry though, rich celebrities are willing to suffer for the cause. Or, they are willing to see you suffer for the cause since they aren't the ones who will suffer. They say they are willing to pay more for gas, and by saying so are demonstrating their economic ignorance.

Higher fuel prices aren't just about gasoline. They will make all prices go up. Fuel is required to manufacture everything-- especially since nuclear energy has been demonized for so many decades-- and fuel is needed to move raw materials around. It's needed to get finished products from manufacturers to stores.  Add this to the devalued currency-- thanks to the stimulus and other things-- and hard times may be on the horizon.

I hope that instead of waiting for government to ride over the hill to save you, you prepared well ahead of time. If not, start now.

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When the EMTs came to help my dad, who was weak and confused, the first question they asked was whether he had recently gotten a Covid "vaccination". The FIRST question. There are several ways to interpret that, but it was interesting to me.


This may be the foundation of prepping

My dad fell yesterday and it took us hours to get him off the floor and into a chair. I was there for 2 and a half hours or so and my mom had tried for 45 minutes before she called me. He isn't strong enough to lift his own weight, or even really to help us lift him-- plus he is 81 years old. 

He didn't want to call the EMTs, or even any other family members to help. But I told him he couldn't just stay on the floor-- we HAD to get him up somehow. I understood his reluctance, but I wasn't going to leave him on the floor.

It eventually took 6 people to lift him-- we recruited neighbors. And we were barely able to manage it at that.

Then my sister arrived and called the EMTs despite his protests, just to check him out (but they really didn't do anything we hadn't already done to check his condition). He was OK at that time.

Then later we called the EMTs back because he couldn't stand and seemed confused. So we spent half the night at the ER. He was admitted to the hospital.

But this got me thinking...

It's a problem to weigh too much for a reasonably strong person- or two reasonably strong people-- to lift you in an emergency.

At a bare minimum, stay active and keep your weight in check, especially as you age. If you can do anything at all, keep active! Yes, age is still going to get you, but inactivity and obesity will only make things worse whatever age you are. It may be the most important part of prepping, maybe even more important than skills. Knowing what to do but being physically unable to do it isn't preparedness.


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