Can you trust the government’s numbers?

Given that the Biden Administration is desperate to take their domestic economic policy failures off the table before a substantial GOP debate, can we trust a government to tell the truth when they have corrupted our nation’s premier intelligence, law enforcement, and financial agencies while openly lying to Congress?

Or, trust the corrupt corporatized media that serves as the Administration’s propagandists and remain incurious about blatant scandals in front of their very eyes?


BLS-1Consumer Price Index Summary         

Transmission of material in this release is embargoed until 8:30 a.m. (ET) Wednesday, July 12, 2023, USDL-23-1523


The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rose 0.2 percent in June on a seasonally adjusted basis, after increasing 0.1 percent in May, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 3.0 percent before seasonal adjustment.

The index for shelter was the largest contributor to the monthly all items increase, accounting for over 70 percent of the increase, with the index for motor vehicle insurance also contributing. The food index increased 0.1 percent in June after increasing 0.2 percent the previous month.

The index for food at home was unchanged over the month while the index for food away from home rose 0.4 percent in June. The energy index rose 0.6 percent in June as the major energy component indexes were mixed. The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.2 percent in June, the smallest 1-month increase in that index since August 2021. Indexes which increased in June include shelter, motor vehicle insurance, apparel, recreation, and personal care. The indexes for airline fares, communication, used cars and trucks, and household furnishings and operations were among those that decreased over the month.

The all items index increased 3.0 percent for the 12 months ending June; this was the smallest 12-month increase since the period ending March 2021. The all items less food and energy index rose 4.8 percent over the last 12 months. The energy index decreased 16.7 percent for the 12 months ending June, and the food index increased 5.7 percent over the last year.

The Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (C-CPI-U) increased 3.4 percent over the last 12 months. For the month, the index increased 0.3 percent on a not seasonally adjusted basis. Please note that the indexes for the past 10 to 12 months are subject to revision.

[OCS: Here are some essential footnotes that use weasel words to provide wiggle room to lie in a “preliminary data release” to generate favorable government headlines.]

In calculating the index, price changes for the various items in each location are aggregated using weights, which represent their importance in the spending of the appropriate population group.

The index measures price change from a designed reference date.

The CPI is a statistical estimate that is subject to sampling error because it is based upon a sample of retail prices and not the complete universe of all prices.

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) produces both unadjusted and seasonally adjusted data. Seasonally adjusted data are computed using seasonal factors derived by the X-13ARIMA-SEATS seasonal adjustment method. These factors are updated each February, and the new factors are used to revise the previous 5 years of seasonally adjusted data.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics uses intervention analysis seasonal adjustment (IASA) for some CPI series. Sometimes extreme values or sharp movements can distort the underlying seasonal pattern of price change. Intervention analysis seasonal adjustment is a process by which the distortions caused by such unusual events are estimated and removed from the data prior to calculation of seasonal factors.

The CPI-U and CPI-W are considered final when released, but the C-CPI-U is issued in preliminary form and subject to three subsequent quarterly revisions.

For the C-CPI-U, data are issued only at the national level.

<Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics>

Bottom line…

Believe your wallet. Your prices are an accurate indicator of inflation and other economic woes.

And, let us not forget the hidden taxes buried in those utility bills and other charges so you don’t see them totaled on your tax return. If you want to scare yourself, total all the taxes and fees on your utility bills for the year and consider it part of your overall tax burden.

We must do everything in our power to reject progressive communist democrats and Republicans in name only so that the 2024 election will be the first step in restoring the loss of trust between the government and its citizens – and is never allowed to happen again.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve

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