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While the Fed may be surprised that low income workers aren't as enthused about inflation as they are, we are not. A recent Bloomberg report looked at the stark disconnect between Fed policy and well, everybody else but banks and the 1%.
While the Fed sees low inflation as "one of the major challenges of our time," Shawn Smith, who trains some of the nation’s most vulnerable, low-income workers stated the obvious: people don't want higher prices. Smith is the director of workforce development at Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia.
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In fact, he said that "even slight increases make a huge difference to someone who is living on a limited income. Whether it is a 50 cents here or 10 cents there, they are managing their dollars day to day and trying to figure out how to make it all work.’’ Indeed, as we discussed yesterday, it is the low-income workers - not the "1%"ers, who are most impacted by rising prices, as such all attempts by the Fed to "help" just make life even more unaffordable for millions of Americans.
Fears, and risks, associated higher prices comprise much of the feedback that the Fed has getting as part of its "Fed Listens" 2019 strategy tour, labeled as a multi-city "outreach tour". So much for objectivity. Fed Governor Lael Brainard faced additional feedback from community leaders earlier this week in Chicago when she chaired a panel on full employment.
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Patrick Dujakovich, president of the Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO, told the audience in Chicago: "I have heard a lot about price stability and fiscal sustainability from the Fed for a very, very long time. Maybe I wasn’t listening, but today is the first time I’ve heard about employment sustainability and employment security."
The problem that the Fed continues to face is that it has...
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