Without accounting for the devaluation of the dollar his analysis is flawed. Yes consumption in dollars has increased but the price of those items has increased as in a gallon of gas.
The basis of all of this stuff needs to be tagged to inflation. You can use the government’s CPI, or you can use Gold. While there is a speculative nature to Gold, there is also the inability to hide things like the devaluation of the dollar which has been done quietly—but whose impact is great.
Also, no mention of National credit downgrades and record numbers on some form of welfare.