Stephan Weller and Tessa Conroy at The Conversation remind us that the inflation rate doesn’t tabulate rural price hikes – and find that inflation may be worse in rural areas. Among their findings: rural folks can’t just walk places like city folks can, meaning inflated car expenses hit them harder, and since rural folks don’t eat out as much, hikes in grocery prices also hit them harder. Housing costs in rural areas are lower, though, and rural folks more likely own their homes, insulating them from recent rental price madness. Our CPI ought to pay more attention to rural folks, obviously, and not just because that’s the kind of thing right-wingers exploit.
Good news out of Niger, as that nation has reduced the number of women who die due to post-birth bleeding by more than half. But you may notice that one of the big reasons they’re able to do that is that they use the drug misoprostol to reduce hemorrhaging. Health care professionals also use misoprostol, as you may know, in medication abortions, meaning the next time we elect a Republican to the Presidency, he’ll cut off money to any organization that uses or promotes misoprostol abroad, which means more women in Africa will bleed to death after giving birth. It wouldn’t be uncivil to shove that fact in the face of any “pro-lifer” you know. (The process for reducing post-partum hemorrhaging also involves using a condom, though not as a prophylactic; right-wingers will squeal about that, too, and we’ll have to clean up after that.)
Finally, you already knew this, but the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy informs us that the so-called FAIR Tax would “Shift Federal Taxes from the Wealthy to the Rest of Us.” As we discussed last week, you’d pay a higher tax rate under the FAIR Tax than you would even if you made $182,000 annually, but you can also see where it’d actually benefit folks making in the high six-figures, and not just because making 10 times the money doesn’t mean you have 10 times the expenses (and a national sales tax targets spending, not income). Also, “replacing all the taxes” also means no Child Tax Credit or Earned Income Tax Credit for working families. Sure, the FAIR Tax promises rebates for working families making under $30,000 annually, but they’d have to apply for those rebates, and they’ve got enough on their plate already. Again, it shouldn’t be tough for Democrats to accuse every Republican who votes for the FAIR Tax as “voting for higher taxes.”