Bidenomics after 35 Months: Six Charts the Media Don’t Want You to See

Craig Bannister | January 15, 2024
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Liberal media are declaring Bidenomics a success – but, after nearly three years, hard numbers tell a much different story, regardless of whether the measure is how much Americans are paying, earning or saving.

Gas prices:

While gas prices held steady under Pres. Donald Trump (down four cents a gallon), they’ve surged 35% in the first 35 months of Pres. Joe Biden’s term. From January 2021 to December of 2023, the average price of a gallon of gas (all grades) has increased from $2.42 to $3.26, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Gas Prices

Real Wages:

After accounting for inflation, real wages earned by Americans have declined under Biden. In the first quarter of 2021, median weekly real earnings averaged $373. But, by the third quarter of this 2023, average real earnings had fallen to $365.

Under Trump, however, real wages rose from $352 on January 1, 2017, to $373 on January 1. 2021.

Real wages are calculated using Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) median usual weekly earnings for full-time employees at least 16 years old and are represented in terms of quarterly 1982-84 Consumer Price Index (CPI) seasonally-adjusted dollars.

Real Wages

Consumer Price Index:

Consumer prices rose 7.6% in the 48 months of the Trump Administration, from a CPI of 243.618 in January 2021 to one of 262.035 in December 2020.

In contrast, prices have already risen more than twice as much, 17.6%, in just 35 months under Biden. Slightly more than two-thirds of the way through his term, the CPI has risen from 262.650 in January of 2021 to 308.850 last month (December 2023), putting it on pace to increase three times as much as it did during Trump's full, four-year term. On a monthly basis, inflation averaged 1.9% under Trump, compared to 5.7% under Biden, thus far.

Inflation 35 months


Mortgage Rates:

It’s also costing far more to finance a home purchase under the Biden Administration.

Mortgage rates today are more than twice the average rate home buyers paid when Trump left office, Freddie Mac data reveal. Under Biden’s predecessor, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell by a third, from 4.09% to 2.77%. But, by January 4, 2024, mortgage rates had more than doubled, to 6.62%.

Mortgage 35 months

Savings Rates:

With Americans having to spend more than their earnings increased, their average savings rate has declined under Biden.

From February 1, 2017 to February 1, 2021, the average personal savings rate increased 86%, from 7.2% to 13.4%. But, by November 1 of 2023, it had plunged to 4.1% - less than a third of its pre-Biden level – according to Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (FRED) calculations, incorporating BLS data.