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By Roger Gitlin – EYE ON DEL NORTE – May 14, 2021 – Picture credit to

How could you not notice?

Rampant inflation, after years of successfully holding down the helium of of high costs, the full wrath of your devalued dollar is now upon us.

To be fair, President Obama help quell the monster inflation at .12 of 1%, in 2015.

Is inflation here to stay?

In a word: YES!

It is now unavoidable!!! California projects a mean average of 2.5% inflation rate each year to 2024. This means your dollar is worth 97.5% of it value ( and declining buying power), each year.

What’s causing the evaporation of our currency’s buying power?

1) Real or imagined, Covid 19 has hit the country and Del Norte very hard. Now, previously- closed businesses are re-opening with much higher costs everywhere. Businesses are trying to recoup COVID-related losses, expediently.

2) Increasing the National Debt to $28.4 trillion with as much as $6 trillion MORE debt projected during the Biden Administration will only exacerbate the inflation. To those of you who received stimulus checks, I am certain you have learned how little $1200 buys.

The United States of America cannot sustain this economic Armegedon. American is heading toward hyperinflation, a perennial disaster throughout Latin America. After WWI, Wiemer-Germany collapsed when it attempted to print it’s way to economic prosperity and pay back the $19 Billion Treaty of Versailles debt it incurred after losing the War. Germany’s currency, almost overnight became worthless, paving the way for Hitler’s Third Reich.

The cure for hyper-inflation is simple:

1) Stop Government spending.

2) Lower taxes.

Sadly, I observe the recent 14% increase in General Sales Tax in both Crescent City and Del Norte will be evaporated by the ravages of inflation fueled by an out of control Sacramento and a misguided Washington. Simply stated, our local governments will not have the $$ it needs to do the things Measures S and R promised.

From haircuts, pedicures, beauty parlor visits, groceries, lumber and just about anything we buy, the prices have shot way up. In April alone, prices exploded 4.2% in California, according to the Consumer Price Index. The least expensive gasoline in Del Norte County is $4.27 a gallon. Curry County continues to attract lots of Del Norters with $3.25 per gallon at Fred Meyer. Is it no wonder we Californian’s cross the border to buy items.

All of us can heed this advice and wean our way off onerous government control.


One thought on “Have you noticed the spike in costs in Del Norte County?”
  1. “The Alpha Strategy” by John Pugsley came out in 1981 (during the time of high inflation of the late 70’s and is a good resource for dealing with ever increasing costs. It is still relevant even those it is 40 years old. A good used book store like Forecastle Books in Brookings and Tin Can Mailman Books in Arcata may have a copy.
    So I start wearing my Gerald Ford WIN button (Whip Inflation Now) again?

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