In nearly every aspect of public life, Kansas City leaders don't want to recognize economic reality. 

Sure, there's a great deal of advocacy for hobos the less fortunate, advocating for higher taxes or more spending. But overall, the impact of economics on the lives of locals is a topic that's habitually neglected. 

Nevertheless . . .


Here's the word from experts . . .

In an interview with Bloomberg Economics released on Thursday, Summers, a paid contributor to Bloomberg, said that “the odds on a hard landing within the next two years are certainly better than half, and quite possibly two-thirds or more.” One of the mechanisms that would bring about a recession is the central bank’s response to elevated inflation, Summers said, adding that “we’re not going to see disinflation back toward the target range until we see unemployment rise, meaningfully.”

The publication of Summers’s comments came just two days after the consumer price index data showed the annual headline U.S. inflation rate jumping to 8.5% in March, the highest level since 1981. The rate has remained well above the Fed’s 2% target for almost a year, putting central bankers under pressure to aggressively raise target lending rates. Expectations for higher rates are rippling out throughout the economy, with the average 30-year mortgage rate soaring to 5% for the first time in a decade. Meanwhile, financial-market participants continue to debate whether inflation has hit a peak.

We love data but let's unpack what this might mean for locals . . .

- Recession usually hits consumer spending first and this threatens a double dose of misery for local biz coming out of COVID. 

- Higher interest rates are likely to worsen the housing crisis and keep supply limited given that the cash to build just isn't out there . . . 

- The REALITY of investment dollars tightening up contradicts so much local hype about "growth engines" like a new stadium or the streetcar.

And, in fairness, locals won't have any control if the Fed FAILS in their mission and the US economy spins down a deflationary death spiral.

Don't worry, it gets worse . . .

One of the reasons local news hate covering this stuff is because bad news doesn't bode well for advertisers. Meanwhile, we're not even sure the newspaper has a biz section anymore. 

Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com links . . .

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