Have you noticed the mainstream media propaganda machine has been silent regarding gasoline prices? When they are dropping they gush about the huge benefits for the consumer and the economy. When they are soaring, the sound of crickets. They must keep the charade alive.
It seems gas prices have been accelerating at a rapid pace over the last two months, with a 12% increase since February 10. They are up 13% from the November low and up 5% versus last year. But don’t you worry. The BLS assures us that gasoline prices have been dropping for the last two months. Ignore the extra $10 showing on the pump screen when you fill up. It’s an illusion.
Now for the kicker. Gasoline prices usually fall from February through until May. Prices ratchet up around Memorial Day as the summer driving season kicks in and demand goes up. Last year prices fell from February 20 through May 1. This year they’ve risen in a straight line. Guess what happens in May? They rise some more. Last year we didn’t have a war in the Ukraine. Last year we had exactly zero damaging hurricanes in the Gulf Of Mexico.
Do you have gas pains? If you don’t now, you will in the near future. But at least the High Frequency Traders on Wall Street get richer by the day as they front run you in the stock market. We’ve got that going for us. And as a Federal Reserve governor once said, “Let them eat iPads.”
I understand Janet Yellen is dreadfully worried about deflation. She doesn’t see any bubbles and the housing market is in full recovery mode. Now do your duty and charge that gasoline on your credit card and pay the Wall Street banks 21% interest on the rolling balance. Be a good American.