There is a reason why most Americans see the majority of Congress as being tone-deaf and out-of-touch with the concerns and needs of average Americans, and this week, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) added to that perception.
As Americans are getting robbed daily at gas stations, she had the gall to brag about driving her electric vehicle from her home state to Washington, D.C., recently, and being able to pass up every gasoline station along the way (though, of course, she had to pay for recharges).
Stabenow, who has been in elected public office for decades and Congress since 1997, “laughed as she noted how high gas prices were as she zoomed past on her way to the U.S. Capitol. She made the comments at her opening statement for a hearing at the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday,” The Blaze reported.
“I just have to say just on the issue of that at gas prices, after waiting for a long time to have enough chips in this country to finally get my electric vehicle, I got it and drove it from Michigan to here this last weekend and went by every single gas station. It didn’t matter how high it was,” said Stabenow.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity for us to move to vehicles that aren’t going to be dependent on the whims of the oil companies,” she added.
First of all, blaming high oil and gas prices on “oil companies” is insanely dishonest. Oil is a publicly-traded commodity, and when investors see an administration — that would be Joe Biden’s administration — taking anti-fossil fuel positions on virtually every energy policy, the markets will reflect that. By comparison, former President Donald Trump was all-in with fossil fuels, approving the Keystone XL pipeline and others, opening up federal lands throughout the country for additional drilling and exploration, and curbing energy industry regulations. The results spoke for themselves: Gasoline prices averaging around two-thirty a gallon, diesel fuel around $2.71, and low inflation (because higher fuel prices help feed inflation).
But beyond that, for Stabenow to pick this hill to die on while tens of millions of Americans — and millions of her constituents — are struggling mightily to find enough money in weekly family budgets to pay for the gas they need to get to work, all while the prices of everything else they need have skyrocketed as well thanks to policies implemented by her party, is monumental tone-deafness.
And Americans let her have it online.
“To everyone who can afford a $60,000 EV this statement by Stabenow is a rollicking, on-point, fun-filled messaging!” read one popular tweet that contained a video clip of Stabenow making her remarks.
To everyone who can afford a $60,000 EV this statement by Stabenow is a rollicking, on-point, fun-filled messaging! 🤡🌍 https://t.co/PiKcswwjld
— Chris “Early Treatment” Martenson, PhD (@chrismartenson) June 7, 2022
“Nothing shows how out-of-touch Democrats are like saying people should just buy an expensive electric car they can’t afford in the middle of record high inflation,” replied commentator Dan Eberhart.
“Ms. Stabenow is a typically clueless, arrogant, smug, sheltered Democrat politician,” said another tweet.
“What self-righteous shrills like these don’t care, is that 90% of the American population will never be able to afford an electric car,” another detractor noted.
The Blaze added:
Stabenow’s comments mirrored those of President Joe Biden in March when he blamed gas prices on the war in Ukraine and said the answer was investing in electric cars.
While the Biden administration has tried to take steps in the short term to lower gas prices, they have made it clear that their long-term goal is phasing out of fossil fuels and into green energy sources.
But that isn’t realistic, as former top Trump economist Larry Kudlow said recently.
In no uncertain terms, he said dumping fossil fuels will lead to economic disaster and job losses in America on a gargantuan scale.
As you know, oil is at $120 a barrel today. I just want to tell you, any so-called transition to a green economy that ends fossil fuels would be an economic catastrophe,” Kudlow began.
“It would be a permanent recession. We couldn’t possibly do that or afford that. The job losses would be in the tens of millions. I am not exaggerating,” he added.
Republicans are now saying they believe that Biden’s policies driving up inflation and fuel prices are intentional. They would almost have to be.