There’s an old joke which goes, “Do you know the difference between a wholesale price increase and a wholesale price decrease?” The punch line is the wholesale price increase is the one that’s passed on to the consumer. With today’s inflation, it isn’t funny but everyone can do something about it.
Under President’s Ford’s administration inflation was over 12%. Unemployment and interest rates was high. Ford declared inflation as “public enemy number one” before Congress on October 8, 1974, in a speech entitled “Whip Inflation Now”. This was for conservation and reducing purchasing energy, good’s, and food. Ideas were carpool where you can, turn down those thermostats and plant a vegetable garden. The campaign was considered a public relations failure and deride by political opponents to score political points, but it was a good idea. Ford actually borrowed it from a much older campaign.
Victory garden was a term created during World War I and World War II used to encourage food gardens for defense These were vegetable, fruit, and herb gardens in the United States. There was even a very long running PBS program call The Victory Garden which was the longest running TV series. It ran for 36 seasons from 1975 to 2015. President Roosevelt during WWII even suspended local zoning regulation so people could raise vegetables, chickens, and some livestock in the cities so people could cope with shortages and rationing.
We don’t have serious unemployment and low interest rates are beginning to rise however inflation is beyond reason. If you want to fight back then look to our past. Declare war on inflation and make your own WIN button. Combine trips and ride share. Carpool with a neighbor when you go grocery shopping. Use public transportation when you can and reduce your energy consumption by turning out lights in unoccupied rooms and turning down or up the thermostat. Plant a victory garden. You can grow an amazing amount of food in a raised garden bed without all this expensive power equipment to do it. You can grow tomatoes in a 5 gallon bucket and have fresh tomatoes all summer. Buy direct from a local farmer. Believe me, when things stop selling in stores then companies have no choice but to reduce prices.
Remember what our grandmothers said, do everything in moderation and be as self sufficient as you can. You may think your small efforts will not make much difference and yes your efforts alone wouldn’t make much difference, but the combined efforts of all will not be too small and will make a difference. It will send an unambiguous message. Wear your WIN button, plant your victory garden and kick inflation to the curb.