CNBC reported that 62% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck because of inflation. To make ends meet, more people have picked up a side hustle.
“According to a Lending Tree survey, 44 percent of Americans have a side hustle, while FlexJobs found that 69 percent of employed professionals either have a side job or want one.”
These numbers may seem staggering, but they are not surprising.
As the president increases interest rates, borrowing money is more expensive. As politicians attack our oil and gas industries, we are becoming more dependent on imports which cost more. Everything integral to the day-to-day life of the average American costs more, from the water bill to groceries, electricity, and housing. No one is escaping the effect of inflation.
It should be a gut punch to politicians when adults say their children will be worse off financially than them.
With all these financial headaches, it seems that one cares.
In California, our governor is attacking our energy industry while trying to force everyone into public transportation or an electric vehicle.
How will reducing our options to fill up our gas tank ease the pain in our wallets? And if we are not producing our oil in California, how much more will we have to import to meet demand? There is a cost to all of this, and someone must pay for it.
Gas prices are high, energy costs are up, and food prices are ridiculous. Yet, our politicians seem more worried about closing prisons, banning candy, and figuring out new ways to spend billions more on homelessness programs.
We have often argued that it will take a massive economic crunch for the voters to wake up and demand results. What will it take for voters to be more engaged and demand answers and results? Or are we so beaten down that we accept things as they are, as though no matter how much we vote or lobby for change, it doesn’t seem to induce change?
There is one thing that politicians hate the most, and that’s losing their elected office.
If you are tired of false promises and lack of results, you, as voters, have the power to send an important message. Whether you act on your right to vote or accept things as they are, that choice is up to you.