Paul Brandus: Split-screen summer: A troubled economy has the power to drown out the Jan. 6 insurrection hearings

by | Jun 13, 2022 | Stock Market

Driving my daughter to her first day of summer camp today, I sat at a red light with the radio talking about today’s Congressional hearings into the attack on our Capitol. It was an insurrection, a coup, an attempt to stop the constitutionally mandated counting of electoral votes after a free and fair election. News doesn’t get much bigger than that.  

Meanwhile, I saw two gas stations. One advertised a gallon of regular for $5.27, the other a penny less — as if saving a couple dimes when filling up makes a difference. AAA says prices are up nearly two bucks from a year ago, with 58 cents of that coming in just the last month. Talk about a pain in the gas. This, and surging inflation in general, is also a giant story.  The juxtaposition of both of these things, as we enter a long, hot summer with a big midterm election to follow, is fascinating. How we’re reacting to both reveals much about who we Americans truly are, and where our nation is headed.  First, consider this. The median age of an American is about 38. This means most of us have no first-hand experience with the period that I think is mo …

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