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"A dollar buys almost the same amount of standard "stuff" as it did a few years back."

FALSE

CPI is bogus

House prices, bond prices, stock prices, college education, healthcare insurance


Property taxes, food, copays and deductibles even if you have healthcare insurance, highway tolls, ...

They diddle what is in the list of "standard stuff" to keep the indicated CPI low, so they need not pay increases in social security and medicare.

As far as comparing the purchasing power of the US dollar with foreign currencies, afaik, all countries are debasing their currencies to improve trade. Beggar your neighbor.
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