"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property - until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered." -- Thomas Jefferson

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The impact of inflation has been particularly challenging for middle-class Americans. As prices surged, their income growth failed to keep pace, resulting in a strain on their ability to maintain their desired lifestyle.
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