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Soaring Gas Prices is the Main Front in the Left’s War on American Suburbs

Posted on Wednesday, December 15, 2021
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President Joe Biden would like for Americans to believe he is doing everything in his power to bring down the nation’s rapidly soaring gas prices—which are up nearly 60 percent since the end of last year. But as the saying goes, actions speak louder than words. The President has sought to pin the blame for rising energy costs on Russia, OPEC, and the pandemic. But the blame rests with Biden and his administration’s relentless attacks on American energy.

Interestingly, many on the left do not seem to care that high gas prices are in part contributing to Biden’s dismal poll numbers. The truth is, that to the anti-suburbs, anti-energy left, America’s skyrocketing gas prices are a feature—not a bug—of the Democrat agenda. Despite the popular notion that owning a car and raising one’s family in the suburbs is an inherent part of the American Dream, the left’s coercive and utopian vision requires higher-priced energy in order to justify shifting people from suburbs and SUVs into cities and public transit.

The left’s crusade against the suburban lifestyle has manifested in several alarming ways since Minneapolis and Oregon became the first city and state, respectively, to ban single-family zoning in 2019. Just this year, progressive leaders in California, Maryland, and Maine have taken steps to eliminate single-family zoning, and other blue states are almost certain to follow in the months and years ahead.

Now, Democrats’ outright apathy toward climbing gas prices can be seen as part of this same effort. Democrats want to abolish the suburbs, and they want to abolish the Chevy Suburbans driven by the Americans who live there. High gas prices serve both goals—and it’s easy to tell that the Biden administration agrees.

When asked about the price hikes, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg stated that Americans concerned about gas should simply purchase an electric car so that they “never have to worry about gas prices again.” These comments came just weeks after Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm infamously laughed off reports of snowballing gas prices as “hilarious.”

Like most of their other policies, the left has cloaked their anti-suburban initiatives in the language of “environmental” and “racial” “justice,” and other gauzy rhetoric to disguise their blame-shifting. Notably, Joe Biden’s campaign website calls for the elimination of “exclusionary zoning policies and other local regulations,” as well as suggesting that “housing policy can be used as a tool to battle climate change.” The Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force last year similarly stated that “Democrats believe the government should take aggressive steps to increase the supply of housing, especially affordable housing, and address long-standing economic and racial inequities in our housing markets.” This is a well-established code for the elimination of single-family zoning policies, and other schemes to turn suburban America into densely-populated urban America.

Progressive groups around the country have also followed the lead of the White House in pushing for the elimination of suburbs. The Minneapolis 2040 plan, for example, which outlines the “vision and hopes for the future of our city,” adopts strikingly similar ideas when it repeatedly calls for “transit-oriented development” for the purposes of “reducing greenhouse gas emissions” and combatting “overt and institutionalized racism.”

Translation: they want to take away your SUV, pack you into denser neighborhoods, and shove you into a commuter railcar.

Terry McAuliffe, Democrats’ nominee for Virginia governor this fall, campaigned on breaking down alleged “environmental inequities that have disproportionately impacted Black and Brown communities.”  If elected, his plan would have required a “just transition” to 100 percent “clean energy” by 2035 and a heightened emphasis on public transportation.  Opponents of McAuliffe’s agenda to abolish single-family zoning fought back furiously, including running a two-minute tv ad in vote-rich Northern Virginia.

Despite the left’s lofty ambition of achieving a woke wonderland devoid of suburbs and cars, if progressive leaders – both elected and in the private sector – continue to pursue this agenda, their plans may soon run up against electoral realities. As gas prices continue to rise and more families find that Democrats are openly threatening their ability to live happily in their residential neighborhood, Democrats may find it impossible to win in the suburban areas that were key to their electoral gains in recent years. The country already got a glimpse of what such a situation may look like in Virginia this fall, where a state that voted for Joe Biden by 10 points in 2020 elected Republicans statewide for the first time since 2009. If that trend continues nationwide in 2022 and beyond, Democrats could see their effort to turn suburban swing voters into urban progressives ultimately backfire in a big way. The mythical “suburban mom” (and suburban dad) wants their 4-bedroom house and their SUV, thank you very much.

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Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
2 years ago

Paid 4.69, 79 for CA gas , local Unocal
Reopen pipelines etc et al NOW
Feel for those in NE

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
2 years ago

& why Dems use trucks to ship oil vs pipelines , trucks= emissions unless electric
????

TPS
TPS
2 years ago

I guess no dem voters live in the suburbs, they still love joe and all his buffoonery.

Mario Capparuccini
Mario Capparuccini
2 years ago

If the progressive utopia is so great, why must it be shoved down our throats? The progressives are the old Soviet nomenklatura. They live in the lap of luxury while we, the idiots, must suffer.

George
George
2 years ago

Where and how is all the electricity needed for this new democrat/leftist utopia coming from? Aren’t there rolling brownouts and blackouts already in California? Didn’t Texas have a power crisis last winter from its wind and solar energy sources? Who is going to live in all the land that is freed up once single family dwellings are eliminated? People like Nancy Pelosi on her estate? Is she going to give up her estate and vineyard to move to town and live in an apartment?

John
John
2 years ago

.re-Open the XL PipeLine and all its affiliated with – That will lower energy costs. Biden royally screwed all Americans when he shut it down.

Hal
Hal
2 years ago

Joe Hidin’ Biden and his supporters are LIARS, CROOKS, CHEATS, CRIMINALS, THEIFS, CHINA AGENTS, INCOGNITO COMMUNISTS ZEALOTS, …… More simply said they are untrustworthy all activities in which they engage. They are savaging this Nation and all that it stands for to enrich themselves against the interest and rights of others. And the most of the News Media is still infected with their propaganda and deceit.

ops
ops
2 years ago

Over 6,000 items are produced from a derivative of oil. How will windmills produce these products? Send them overseas to be made? How much will the products increase in price when there is reduction in the supply of oil? The grand wizards in the Democrat Party are clueless with America and its people in 2nd place. Power and greed the two driving forces!

R.J. from Arizona
R.J. from Arizona
2 years ago

peelosi was just on tv saying biden was greatest thing since peanut butter. She’s as retarded as Joey.

Robert
Robert
2 years ago

Meanwhile the rest of the entire globe is building hundreds of brand new coal plants while the USA chases a fairy tale.

Marie Langley
Marie Langley
2 years ago

KARMA will get him in next year’s election and hopefully knock him down a peg or two. Americans like me are sick and tired and disgusted.

Myrna Wade
Myrna Wade
2 years ago

If the zoning is no longer the province of locals, the suburbs will be hit on another front. Destroying suburbs is a strange way to improve America.

Tim Thompson
Tim Thompson
2 years ago

The fact that gas is becoming so expensive, 100.00 to fill my SUV every week, it hurts our family finances. The fact that Dems are pushing people to buy electric cars that is subsidized to help you purchase them, you need to plug them in at home which certainly eventually will cost owners just as painful a reality when they open their electric bills. We see thousands of Tesla’s being driven now, all of them are being plugged in at night in homes in your neighborhood. They need I believe 60 amps to recharge them, the average home is allocated what 100 amps each. Seems since electricity is made with more fossil fuels to produce it, by wind or solar, something is going to be in short supply especially with all these new electric car charging needs. If you are concerned now like my blue state Kalifornia that already sees brown outs where government tells us we can’t use our air conditioning, a real aggravation to say the least how’s this going to work? Well stand by, government is actually I believe going to control the electric grid shutting it down like they now do, but much worse. If you can’t charge your car your captive to the system. You can’t travel long distances for the same problem if you can’t charge your car to get home your stuck for who knows how long. Government see’s this as a positive, knowing that electric cars have limited Milledge and can track you where your going and knowing that a charge will take time while you wait and wait you will if thousands of Tesla’s are on the road with limited charging stations available by design. It’s another peg in their designs to control Americans from being free as we once knew it.

In the 60’s gas was 16 cents a gallon if you remember back that far, moving up reaching 80 cents a gallon in the 70’s then up and up away to where it’s now $5.00 a gallon and more for premium up to $7.00 in certain cities. We have been played and like frog’s in a boiling pot, we will be cooked if we can’t get our energy back to a sane plain. Trump had us almost energy independent actually exporting gas to our friends. Biden and his administration are killing America’s economy and changing over to wind and solar is a big deal too costly, too inefficient next to good old fossil fuels. America needs to get back to the basics where Americans can live life with affordable fuel, costs of living where only one person needs to work and the kids are looked after as we use to do by either mother or father. In just one year America looks like Obama is still in control Oh, he more than likely is. Biden is a disaster and we need to continue to make America great again. God help us if we don’t.

Tea Tephi
Tea Tephi
2 years ago

It is always about killing the middle class. Everything they do.

Jorge L Rios
Jorge L Rios
2 years ago

If these people want to make these insane changes, the first place that it should be done is in THEIR own communities where THEIR homes and mantions are located, the first multi unit housing buildings should go up on THEIR street. That would be a good way to test the idea and show everyone how great it is. Just like all those ileagals that they are allowing into the country should be sent to DC and to where ever their mantions are.

Felix
Felix
2 years ago

I just hope and pray the United States will still exist for one mode year so this Biden Administration Pelosi and crying Chuick’s congress and the MSM will be exposed and held accountable for treason!

Mary
Mary
2 years ago

Someone needs to slap that smug grin off that old geezer’s face!!

BAE
BAE
2 years ago

When the progressives completely destroy the suburbs and the middle class, where do they get the money $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ from. Our cities are already disgusting.

Djames
Djames
2 years ago

Patriots, You must remember Comrade Joe is only a foolish talking head ! He has never been in charge. The powers behind him are Obama, Pelosi, Schumer and Clinton and of course the CCP.
Harris is totally useless to the Socialists and America.
We need mass protests NOW !

Mlars01
Mlars01
2 years ago

Goal 11 of UN’s Agenda 2030 is an attack on the suburbs too.

James Thompson
James Thompson
2 years ago

TAX REVOLT!!!!

Larry W.
Larry W.
2 years ago

Don’t forget “the sky is falling” environmental extremists who are thrilled with higher fossil fuel prices, it helps their cause of trying to make renewable energy prices look better. BUT what you save on gas you will pay out more than that in the purchase and servicing of your over priced energy efficient vehicle.

Virginia Stewart
Virginia Stewart
2 years ago

These Democrats are a bunch of liers.

Alton R Clark
Alton R Clark
2 years ago

Here in McDuffie County, any time houses are built close to the city limits for black people they are annexed into the city limits so they get street lights, city utilities, trash pickup, and lots of other things!

Rexford Ames
Rexford Ames
2 years ago

First off.I did not read the above article. Reason. It is my firm belief that President Biden through his Secretary of FDA Ordered the cease of oil pumped from Alaska! To cease The pipeline from Alaska to the US. He then opened the door for all oil to come from Saudi Arabia and others foreign producing countries to ship to the U.S.
What an abomination! Now the The White House Denies::Afghanistan , The rising oil prices. High increases with food! The selling of our security and our Freedom, which, Nancy Pelosi enjoys with glee.
Has noone ever wondered how it is that : Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, runs our country , Not by all the Representivites and Senators elected to that body?

Kellie
Kellie
2 years ago

I wish you’d stop putting Biden face on these articles, we all know what he looks like some of us don’t want to look at his ugly mug everyday. The article is completely right he’s responsible for most of what is wrong in the world right now him and his henchmen.

Elena
Elena
2 years ago

What we have my friends, my brothers and sisters, is a sin problem. Romans ch. 1. The craziness and insanity that’s going on in our world right now, and how our government and some people are embracing this insanity and mental illness, is a sin problem. My husband keeps saying, “God above all”. Jesus is my Rock. All else is sinking sand. Pray for America and her people. Pray for your family and loved ones. Pray for yourself. When anxiety starts to overwhelm you … read Psalm 27:1.

Barb304
Barb304
2 years ago

The people currently running our country (into the ground) care only for themselves and their cohorts. As far as they’re concerned ‘We the People’ can go to he(double)ll.

PJ Thom
PJ Thom
2 years ago

They are driving gas prices up to try to force us to buy electric cars. Truth be known our tax dollars have already gone to produce these electric cars. Reliable electric is generated by fossil fuels and we all know that adds to global warming. How are they planning on generating the electric to run these cars. I will continue to drive my old V8 Tahoe.

Morbious
Morbious
2 years ago

High gas prices are important to them, but the real battering ram is going to be forced zoning changes. They want to import unmarried section eight ‘families’ into the suburbs and place them into new apartments they can then destroy. Their feral offspring will ruin the schools. Property values will plummet. Think they wont do this? Anywhere there’re peaceful semi rural neighborhoods where therere still some cornfields are going to be targeted. The left despises the fact that so many of us have moved to these areas. No one must escape!

Donald L Schmidt
Donald L Schmidt
2 years ago

Buttjudge and his just buy an electric car. Maybe I don’t want one!

BAE
BAE
2 years ago

And what will they do with all those dead toxic batteries? Billions of Prius toxic batteries are in landfills. Few are recycled. Even cities dump them. Bad for our environment, much worst then petroleum.

GTPatriot
GTPatriot
2 years ago

We ALL know that in your 20’s and early 30’s, if you live in Manhattan you don’t own a car.
Why would you ? A car in Manhattan is as expensive as rent. If you need a car to go out of town on
the weekend, you rent one.
When, as a young Manhattan resident, you decide to marry and have children, you move as
far away as you can from Manhattan while being able to work in Manhattan. You use the railroad
to do that.
We ALL know that you cannot raise children while living in Manhattan.
The point of this article is that the demwits believe we are now supposed to raise children in Manhattan. Stupidity has no limit.

GTPatriot
GTPatriot
2 years ago

$5.00 per gallon by July. Be ready

GTPatriot
GTPatriot
2 years ago

I am ordering 100 copies of this bumper sticker:

” Help Stop Global Whining”

PIDL
PIDL
2 years ago

This is from Obama. He said energy prices are going to increase, necessarily. Trump proved him wrong. So they had to do something in the elections to get themselves back in power to continue the steal.

The problem here is that oil cannot be replaced. We can use less oil for electric vehicles. But billions of gallons will still be necessary for the windmills and any other electrical system, vehicles being one, that requires lubrication.

And these other forms of energy are not without their consequences. Nuclear energy still has a nuclear waste disposal problem after 50 years of nuclear energy. Lithium batteries also have a waste disposal problem. Windmill blades have a disposal problem and kills large birds(there you go PITA and anti-kill vegetarians).

The Communists are using a back way in to take over the country, many of those communists being Democrats. By destroying our energy independence they will take control of the country, for some bullsh** reason, deeming it necessary to do so.

And last, all I have to say is look at what happened in Texas. This is because politicians, company managers included, make these decisions on how to set up the energy grid, not engineers.

Maxx
Maxx
2 years ago

The reason to destroy the suburbs it to increase and cement power for the Democrats. The suburbs are roughly split, with a small majority of Republicans. Cities are overwhelmingly Democrats. They don’t need 90% of the vote to win only 51%. So, move some of the 90% to the suburbs and the Democrats can ensure victory.

Henker
Henker
2 years ago

Cities are nothing but islands living off the taxpayer’s dime. But islands are easy to starve into submission. A few hundred Patriots could bring City Hall and the Condo Dwellers to their knees in a couple weeks.

Lzy
Lzy
2 years ago

How many Republicans voted to help the Ds spend us into oblivion? Republicans are culpable in this mess. Unfit to govern.

Dangoodbar
Dangoodbar
2 years ago

The worst government action ever taken against the suburbs was done by Donald Trump and the Republicans in their tax shift, shifting the tax burden from billionaires, the top 1/10 of the top 1% of income earners to those making between $80,000 to $500,000 annually.

That is the State and Local tax deduction limitation (SALT) of $10,000, the same regardless of single or married filer resulting in another tax marriage penalty, the form says “$10,000 or $5,000 if married filling single which means the marriage penalty related to Trump and Republican tax shift is unavoidable, has resulted in 4 times as many suburbanites receiving a $4,000 or greater tax increase than those who got a $4,000 or more tax decrease.

Biden’s “Build Back Better” proposal has, as the second most expensive item, reversing Trump and Republican huge tax increase on the suburbs. Furthermore, as gas is just over $3.00 a gallon, under George W Bush gas was over $4.50 a gallon which adjusted for inflation would be over $5.00 today.

So in addition to pointing out that no president or party was ever worse for the suburbs than Trump and Republicans, a war Biden is trying as a top goal to reverse, it is also worse asking anyone looking to a rise in gas prices under Biden as “a war on American suburbs, what was Bush doing when his polices resulted in gas being 50% more expensive then under Biden and even worse if you take into account inflation since 2008. Of course the obvious answer to the question about claiming a war on the suburbs by Biden and not by Bush pointing at gas prices is rank hypocrisy.

Rhino Ranch
Rhino Ranch
2 years ago

Democrat Socialists of Amerika know that they can control the population by moving them into cities where the population is completely dependent on gov’t services where transportation, housing, sewer, water, disposal, food, supplies and power can all be turned off with a proclamation. San FranSICKO leads the nation as sickest place, where car owners leave their SUVs open so that criminals won’t break the glass. What’s next? Leave your front door open with milk and cookies for the robbers

Steven H
Steven H
2 years ago

Of course. They think that if they raise gas prices and give tax credits for electric vehicles, then everyone will run out, buy one and save the world. The problem is that most people can’t afford a new car. I can’t even afford to buy a used car. I have medical bills, 3 kids and a mortgage. I don’t have a money tree in my yard and I can’t just print money whenever I need it. Besides, there’s the reality of the mining required to get the materials to manufacture the batteries. Get a clue!

Snipelee
Snipelee
2 years ago

Sonoma County, CA is already instituting the abandonment of single-family zoning -but only in certain (read economically lower tier, older) neighborhoods. They encourage “developers” to buy and then raze perfectly good homes so as to build 4 or 8-plex units destined for Section 8 dwellers. To make this work they city/county waives the on-site parking requirement and utility upgrades. The individual units are each occupied by several generally Latino families – often over 15 to a two-bedroom apartment. There are four to eight cars associated with each unit so on-street parking is a nightmare. Fights, vandalism, and even shootings ensue. On the utility side, aging sewer and electrical infrastructure are strained to the breaking point. Oh the wonder of “progressive” planning.

TD
TD
2 years ago

We need more articles like this pointing out what is obvious to anyone paying attention. The Democrats want to force down living standards. That will start with preventing people from getting ahead, and moving on from there.

Oakley
Oakley
2 years ago

Oakley

Oakley
Oakley
2 years ago

The Progressives are bent on bringing misery to everyone. They create a crisis and come on their political white horses to supposedly fix said mess and create a bigger mess.

Theor ideology is sacrosanct and nothing can get in the way.

johnh
johnh
2 years ago

Oil & gas prices have gone up worldwide due to less supplies produced during Covid shutdowns, but the USA gasoline price has gone higher than other countries due to Biden’s war on Fossil Fuels that started during his first week. And Pete’s comment to just buy electric vehicle is a slap in the face to all Americans.

johnh
johnh
2 years ago

The United States is not close to converting entire country to Electric Vehicles. Biden Admin. is pushing this thru without the technology available to meet that demand. But , they do not seem to be backing off of this. Where are batteries, electricity capacity, what about recycle plants, what about mineral supply to meet this , and on and on. Need a study that will back up their plan.

HocasPocas
HocasPocas
2 years ago

Send the illegals back to their country of origin and we won’t have a housing crisis

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