LETTER:High costs

Inflation is the highest in 40 years.

Food prices rose 11.4 percent over the last year, the highest rate since Jimmy Carter’s presidency in 1979.

Not surprising, after the federal government under the current Democrat administration continued to inject trillions of dollars into the economy long after the acute COVID-19 crisis ended.

The U.S. poverty rate climbed in 2021, after reaching its lowest level in 60 years in 2019.

Median, inflation-adjusted household income decreased last year.

Gasoline prices are at their highest levels ever.

Not surprising, after President Biden promised to “end fossil fuel,” resulting in the current Democrat administration’s war on oil.

It crippled the exploration and production of petroleum products by leasing fewer acres for oil exploration than any other administration by this time in its term since 1946.

It hinders the transport of petroleum products to where they are needed by shutting down and denying permits to pipelines wherever it can.

After the historic shift to the U.S. being for the first time a net exporter of petroleum in 2020, as a result of these policies in 2022 the U.S. is expected to again be a net importer of petroleum.

Is it any wonder that the average family now spends over $2,000 more per year on gasoline than a year ago?

If you like high inflation, high gas prices, declining income and increasing poverty, vote Democrat.

If you don’t, maybe it’s time to think about alternatives.

Kaj Ahlburg

Port Angeles