by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Andrew Stiles of the Washington Free Beacon reports on the political implications of rising gas prices.
Gas prices are surging to record levels on President Joe Biden’s watch, wreaking havoc on American pocketbooks. According to the AAA national average, one gallon of regular unleaded gasoline cost $4.25 as of March 9—surpassing the previous all-time high of $4.11 in July 2008. When Biden took office, the average price per gallon was just $2.39.
Democrats have responded by urging ordinary Americans to become Tesla owners like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.), whose Model 3 Long Range has a retail price of between $46,000 and $59,000. Former comedian Stephen Colbert (estimated net worth: $75 million) said it was “important” for Americans to pay more for gas. “I’m willing to pay $4 a gallon,” he said. “Hell, I’ll pay $15 a gallon because I drive a Tesla.”
Biden supporters have also tried to blame Russia’s invasion of Ukraine for the rise in gas prices, but Democrats and left-wing activists have been working for years to ensure that prices remain high in an effort to make subsidized “green” energy sources more competitive on the open market. These efforts include banning oil production on federal land and pressuring oil companies to produce less oil.
The public is responding to the Biden administration’s role in delivering higher prices.
A friend told me he recently saw prices jump 50 cents from the time he drove to work to the time he drove home. A gas station in Florida I stopped at last month had two “I did that” stickers on it. After someone had apparently tried to rip them off, someone else took a blue ballpoint pen and scrawled “FJB” on the front of the gas pump. Similar stickers have popped up in growing numbers all around the country.
It’s obvious to everyone paying attention (except for Biden and his corporate media comms shop… but that’s redundant) that the Democrat administration’s policies, not just the Russians, are to blame for rising prices at the pump.