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Peter Schiff shows why official CPI numbers on inflation are wrong

Posted: January 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm   /   by

In the video below (a companion to the editorial in a previous post), Peter Schiff demonstrates why the way the CPI (the consumer price index) is calculated today creates a false picture on inflation. He shows how the CPI increase in the 1970s (a decade of high inflation) closely mirrored the price increase for a sample set of 20 goods and services. Then he shows how the same sample set in 2002 to 2012 rase 60% higher than the CPI. In other words, the CPI is understating real inflation.

It gets worse when he looks at the actual increase in newspaper and magazine prices and compares that to the amount the government claims they have increased. In the process of that experiment, he reveals what appears to be outright dishonesty. The same is the case with the fraudulent and laughable numbers the government reports on health insurance increases.

Schiff’s record of predicting economic problems has been pretty solid, so this is definitely worth attention:

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Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including AnyStreet.org (now a part of Western Free Press) and Liberatchik.com. He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to WesternFreePress.com.
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Peter Schiff shows why official CPI numbers on inflation are wrong