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Where would I look to find the inflation rates for the past few years....or even the last 30+ years if possible.

Why? Well, I was at a friends apt last night and a guy in the spa started talking with way too much enthusiasm about how he was going to be making a million/year by starting up this web page/online store. I asked him more, trying to find the cracks. The company was something that I had never heard of, but then he said the main company had been around for 40 years, and it was Amway. Knew it! He was too brainwashed for it to not be that or excel or something like that.

Anyways, along the way he said something about an 11.5% inflation rate, that would double the cost of something every 9 years. Double whammy! I was 99% sure that the inflation rate has only been around 4% and even lower lately, and 11.5% would add up to about 9 years to double, but you use compounded intrest (or inflation in this case), so it would be even less than that if 11.5% was the case, which it isn't.

Well, I didn't feel like digging into him about it, especially since I didn't know the exact figures....but it got me curious and now I would like to know where that would be listed. You always see it now and again in a story (such as the 2.8% rate for last year that is in one of the stories a search through fool.com yields), but I'd like to see the history. TIA

Aaron

(It's not quite taxes, but it's somewhat similar. Let me know if there's a better place to post this question)
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