Hemmer presses pro-Biden economist on calling inflation a 'high-class problem': 'What were you thinking?'

To paraphrase Jay Leno, what in the hell were you thinking?” asked Hemmer.

Furman responded by first acknowledging that inflation was both a real issue affecting American families and also an issue thatwe should do something about.


しかしながら, Furman added there was actually agood reasonthat inflation was occurring. He surmised that falling unemployment, families pocketing more money, and peoplebuying more things than ever beforewere the real culprits for the rate of increase in prices.

The problem isn’t that our ports stopped working, it’s that people are buying so much stuff that so much is coming through our ports right now. We have record volumes, you know that both have a good side, a bad side, you need to keep both those in your head,” said Furman.

Later in the segment, Hemmer further pressed Furman on the validity of hishigh-class problems” コメント.

My guess would be if you were paying two bucks a gallon for gasoline a year ago and now it’s over four bucks—that’s not a high-class problem for anyone. Middle-class America is paying for that.

Furman doubled down and characterized these signs of inflation as agood thing.

Americans are traveling more than they were a year ago. That’s a good thing,” Furman said, reiterating that Americans are also spending more.

In his final question, Hemmer again circled back and pressed Furman a third time.

You’re standing by this whole ‘high-class problem’ thing, you haven’t backed away from that in this conversation.

再び, Furman reiterated the “良い” そして “bad side,” of increased consumer spending, and restated his claim that inflation was being driven by demand exceeding supply.

Furman, who also serves as Harvard’s Aetna professor of the practice of economic policy, said in the Wednesday tweet that the country would not be faced with these issues if the unemployment rate was still 10%.

He added that if that unemployment rate was still a reality, the country would havehad a much worse problem.

The tweet garnered attention when Ronald Klain, インクルード ホワイトハウス chief of staff, retweeted the post from the Harvard professor.


Conservatives on social media took issue with Klain’s retweet, claiming that he was essentially downplaying the hardships that some Americans are facing.