Higher energy prices are threatening to stoke broader inflation and are eating into workers’ paychecks, as USA Today noted yesterday: “Already, says David Huether, economist for the National Association of Manufacturers, soaring energy prices mean that the average worker’s wages have fallen, when adjusted for inflation. `If you exclude energy, real wages would be rising now,’ Huether says.” Wouldn’t it be a great time for the GOP to favor cheap, abundant energy? Especially when the nomination of Barack Obama is creating an opening among working-class voters who are especially feeling the pinch? Alas, the GOP nominee supports a scheme to make energy more expensive in an ineffectual gesture toward addressing a theoretical threat from global warming. What a missed opportunity.
UPDATE: Newt was talking about this last night on H&C.