The one issue that is never brought up by our elected officials or candidates is how the real cost of living is destroying the American Dream. Whenever mentioned, it gets pushed back with inflation stats and brushed off as a non-issue. According to this debate performance. Mitt Romney is the only one who gets it. Here is what he said:
The people who are having the hard time right now are middle- income Americans. Under the president’s policies, middle-income Americans have been buried. They’re — they’re just being crushed. Middle-income Americans have seen their income come down by $4,300. This is a — this is a tax in and of itself. I’ll call it the economy tax. It’s been crushing. The same time, gasoline prices have doubled under the president, electric rates are up, food prices are up, health care costs have gone up by $2,500 a family.
Middle-income families are being crushed. And so the question is how to get them going again, and I’ve described it. It’s energy and trade, the right kind of training programs, balancing our budget and helping small business. Those are the — the cornerstones of my plan. c-span.org-transcript
So why does this matter, and most especially why does this matter to women? Because women do the grocery shopping, the clothes shopping, many of them write the checks to pay the bills every month, and many manage the household budget. There is nothing more infuriating than watching ALL your hard earned money fly out the window for basic needs. Especially when the costs have increased at times in monthly increments, meaning that the prices rise so fast that you pay more this month than the month before. At the same time,it takes a year to earn your 3% raise, if you are lucky enough to get one.
I’ve talked about the cost of living before. All I get is inflation stats thrown in my face and then I get told inflation is good. Can we finally start talking about the devastating effects of the real cost of living, along with declining wages, and then do something about it? Mitt Romney can win with this talking point. I’m telling you, he can.