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The ‘Unhappy’ Meal Prices at McDonalds

Prices are up — how up are they for you?

Anyone filling up their gas tank recently knows the price keeps going up and up. Frankly, everything is up. We’ve found that a dinner out for two that once cost $25 not that long ago, and pre-pandemic was $35, is now $50. We won’t be eating out as much.

Then I came across this today after paying $21 for a couple of McDonald’s meals: “The Big Mac Pay Gap Index.”

Put in your own demographic information to see the price of a Big Mac and then put in another gender and race to see how you compare. You might feel better about the price or worse, depending on your circumstances.

The other item about inflation is that it is not confined to the United States. Inflation is happening everywhere — with most paying much more for their fuel.

Some might say that the United States economic policies have caused worldwide inflation. How did we do that exactly? Really?

I can tell you that I sold a home in 1980 and the interest rate at that time was 16 percent. We escaped with our financial lives. Look up the name Paul Volcker for a history lesson on inflation.
Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.