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Inflation of Federal Reserve Note

What if the United States maintained a silver backing for the dollar, which it abandoned in 1964?

How much things cost in 1933 vs today if we still had a silver backed dollar ($21.60 price conversation).

Average Cost of new house $5,750.00
Today $124,200

Average wages per year $1,550.00
Today $33,480

Cost of a gallon of Gas 10 cents
Today $2.16

Average Cost for house rent $18.00 per month
Today $388.80

A loaf of Bread 7 cents
Today $1.51

A LB of Hamburger Meat 11 cents
Today $2.37

Plymouth 6 Car $445.00
Today $9,612

Campbells Vegetable Soup 10 cents
Today $2.16

Average Laborers Wage $20.00 per week
Today $432.00

Of course this doesn’t take into account technology reducing prices over the years, which would make this comparison even more stark.

By the mid-1960s inflation of everyday goods and services is notable yet still restrained.

If we were still backing the dollar with silver, does anyone doubt that we would have a higher standard of living in this country today?

H/t Michael Gray

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