I don't disagree with the overall thrust of your article but you went from "Couldn't get a sweet deal on a few audio items" to "The sky is falling and we're all doomed!" in one short jump. You ask what isn't in shortage...well, food for one. Yeah, there were a few times my favorite flavor of M&M's were out of stock but there were no real stories of long bread lines and empty store shelves. Energy for another, gas pumps were running full and, unless you lived in a poorly run red state, the lights came on every time you flipped the switch. You're example of "couldn't get my wife the shoes and bracelet she wanted" wasn't your best argument.

As for inflation, yeah, the stimulus helped keep demand up even as supplies were catching up. But when you say "Forcing prices up dramatically", you sound like the Q Crazies who are insisting we're copying 1933 Germany. Inflation during April was at a 4% rate annualized and we're ready to jump out of high windows?

It's remarkable that, given the size and impact of the pandemic, how little impact it had overall on the availability of essential goods. (I'm not including podcast audio equipment and tennis bracelets in that category.)

None of that is to say that most of your larger points aren't valid. A few folks make a shitload of money while the majority suffered to one extent or another during the pandemic. As you say, the lesson the plutocrats are likely to take away is, "What do we care if the world burns? We'll get rich either way." And, yeah, that's a problem. But we don't want to start with, "It's a problem because I couldn't get my video game." Start with, "When the economy sneezes, working and poor families get the flu."



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George Bohan

Born and raised in the South, living in Ohio. Writes about politics and management.