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COMMENTARY OF THE DAY
By
Robert Namer
Voice Of America
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September 24, 2022

     It was reported that inflation rose 8.3% in August, adding to an already grim financial landscape. 

     Sure, gas prices are down slightly — but the cost of food, housing and other essentials remains sky-high. Across the country, Americans are struggling to get by and finding themselves having to pinch pennies.  Biden doesn't understand the facts.  “You want to be able to raise your child in a society where you’re able to give them the best and provide the best for them,” said Briana Howard, a 34-year-old healthcare worker who lives in Fairfax, Virginia, with her husband Ken Howard and 8-year-old daughter.

     Here, she and four Americans reveal how the record inflation is wreaking havoc on their families and their futures.  Briana and Ken Howard make a combined $100,000 per year, but they’re cutting coupons and cutting back on luxuries. The family’s annual trip to the Outer Banks in North Carolina cost $700 more this summer compared to last, due to rising costs for rental properties and restaurants in the area. Their daughter’s summer camp cost $300 more this year, and an inconvenient car repair set the family back another $1,000. And, people are spending less on home repairs, cutting into Ken’s roofing business. Briana said they’re having to watch pennies in a way they never did a few years ago.  “We’re your typical middle-income average American family,” she told The Post. “We’re more mindful at the grocery store … It’s like, ‘What do we have a coupon for?’ I mindlessly picked up a pack of $10 grapes, that’s not something I can continue to do.”

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