Opinion: Biden rants while inflation rages

File photo by George Etheredge of The New York Times / Inflation closed out 2021 on a high note, bad news for the Biden White House and for economic policymakers. Here a man is photographed grocery shopping in Queens, N.Y., on Dec. 8, 2021.

While President Joe Biden is off doing Civil War reenactments, American families are left trying to balance household budgets that are being smashed by soaring prices. Inflation topped 7% in 2021, the largest surge in consumer costs since 1982.

Break out basic necessities, and the inflation impact is even more devastating:

* Meat, poultry, fish and eggs rose 12.5%.

* Energy is up 30% overall, with gasoline prices climbing nearly 50%, fuel oil topping 40% and natural gas 24%.

* New vehicles climbed nearly 12%, and used cars and trucks by more than 37%.

Americans who live closer to reality than Biden does are far more concerned with those distressing price tags than they are his trumped-up claims of war on democracy.

The White House defends Biden's avoidance of inflation by saying there's little a president can do about rising prices.