If Inflation is Down, Why Are Prices Up?

Shockingly, most people aren’t economists.

President Joe Biden takes his mask off to deliver remarks on COVID-19 and the economy, Thursday, July 29, 2021, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden takes his mask off to deliver remarks on COVID-19 and the economy, Thursday, July 29, 2021, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

Biden’s Covid Malaise?

A pandemic hangover may be clouding American politics.

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Heavier Vehicles Need Stronger Guardrails

Our infrastructure was not designed for what most Americans drive today.

The Impulse to Want a Strong Man

And the intuition that things aren’t really working.

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Trump v. Biden

Economic Chart Edition.

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Biden Approval at Record Low

He’s at 61 percent disapproval in the lastest Monmouth poll.

Speaking of the Economy…

…and the perceptions thereof.

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Food Prices Under Biden and Trump

We shouldn’t be surprised that Americans have noticed their grocery bill.

One Year Out

Looking ahead to November 5, 2024

Kari Lake Inevitable Republican Nominee

The Arizona gubernatorial loser is back to lose the Senate.

Russia’s Economy is Collapsing But Not Fast Enough

Sanctions and a costly war are taking their toll.

Monday Morning Tabs

Some 2024ish stuff and other tidbits.

The Electric Mismatch

Cheap, big, fast: pick two.

American Consumers Screwing Up Government Climate Efforts

As vehicles become more fuel efficient, we’re buying bigger ones.

Biden Wants Credit for Economy Worse Than the One He Inherited

Prices are coming down but they’re way higher than they were.

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Why So Many Die on American Roads

Traffic deaths are going down in most of the world. Not here.

Biden Getting Little Credit for Infrastructure Bill

Most don’t even know it passed!

Midterm Polls Shifting Republican

The race is returning to expectation.

2022 Won’t Be Another 1866

Hope is not a COA.

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Gas Prices and Pay Raises

The most consumer-visible commodity is down for the 67th consecutive day.

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Inflation Reduction Act Doesn’t Reduce Inflation?!

A bill that was never about the thing it’s called doesn’t do that thing.

Dems in Midterms: You’re Saying There’s a Chance?

A 2020 blowout has long been presumed. But maybe it won’t happen.

Gas Prices Falling Rapidly

The U.S. average is under $4 for the first time in months.

Feelings Don’t Care About Facts

“America can survive the demagogues themselves, it’s their audience that will kill us.”

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How Low Can Joe Go?

Approval is down (again).

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The News is Bad for Biden

The nature of American political reporting distorts our perception of reality.

Biden and bin Salman

An embarrassing photo demonstrates the perils of leading the free world.

64 Percent of Democrats Want Biden Replaced in 2024

With record-low poll numbers, the grass roots wants someone new on the ticket next time.

Biden Lowers Gas Prices

They went down 3 cents a gallon yesterday and have dropped 24 days straight.

A Quick Comment on Presidential Power

The pressure and expectations of a king, but with considerably less power.

White House Rudderless, Aimless, and Hopeless?

Some Democrats are less than pleased.

Comparative Gas Prices

It’s a global commodity.

Dems Lose One Million Voters!

They should panic, right?

Gas Tax Holiday?

it likely won’t do much.

Replacing Biden in 2024?

From the Cliché File.

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Biden Less Popular Than Worst President Ever

He’s underwater and not going to take it anymore.

Speaking of Bad Political Analysis

A recurring genre about presidents.

An Example of Utterly Awful Elections Analysis

The NYT and CA41 and yet another example of telling the wrong story.

Summer Travel Blues

Four dollars and change at the pump.
The cost of livin’s high and goin’ up.

Ukraine War Ruining Biden’s Plans

Crises tend to be distracting.

Voters in Sour Mood Ahead of Midterms

The polls do not bode well for Democrats.

A “Fairer” Map for the 2022 House?

A potentially more representative map that still underscores deep flaws in our system.

Democratic Backsliding and the American Right

The only way to save our freedom is to destroy it.

Palin Attempting Political Comeback

She is running to finish out Don Young’s term in Congress.

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Suspending the Gas Tax is Dumb

Yet another case where good politics yields bad policy.

Romney 2024?

He’s tanned. He’s rested. Is he ready?

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Back to $4 Gas

Three dollars and change at the pump. The cost of livin’s high and goin’ up.

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Americans Feel Economy Much Worse Than it Is

It turns out “the economy” isn’t just one thing.