During the 70’s inflation was a main proving factor that the country was having a hard time solving the problem of the nation. It was no longer just the middle and lower class that was concerned. The severity of the economy was so intense that even those who were usually perfectly comfortable and economically stable were beginning to grow worrisome. Zinn included this in the chapter because it really shows the significance of the governments inability to solve such a detrimental problem. This was an additional reason for the public to no longer trust in the government what-so-ever. There was no longer any faith left in the government.