Once upon a time – it wasn’t all that long ago – the Democrat Party was at least nominally a populist party, ostensibly opposed to politics of the elites, which the GOP was said to represent. Is there a better measure of how these roles have reversed than the pushing of electric cars by Democratic elitists such as the Biden Thing’s secretary of transportation, Pete Buttigieg?
He glibly advises average Americans who are having a time paying $3.40 for a gallon of gas that cost them $2.20 just before he and the Biden Thing took over the apparatus of government from a Republican to deal with it by getting rid of their gas-burning car in favor of an electric car.
“They will never have to worry about gas prices again,” he says.
The problem there, of course, is that electric cars cost even more than it costs to fuel a not-electric car at $3.40 per gallon.
Or even $5.
The least pricey of them – none being affordable – sticker for around $35,000 to start and that’s for the version with the weak battery that can travel maybe 150 miles before its battery is out of charge and will require waiting at least half an hour or longer to recover any significant charge. If you need a car that can travel more than that before it travels no more, the price rises to $40k or more – and this doesn’t include the wiring upgrades needed at home in order to be able to charge up in less than overnight.
Nor does it factor in the future cost of replacing the battery when it inevitably loses its capacity to be recharged.
These costs are of course insignificant if you are plugged in . . . to the pockets of prostrate people, forced to hand over a large portion of their earnings so that you can take in a six-figure government salary, as Buttigieg does.
Let them eat volts!
He might as well say it. He certainly thinks it. The callous contempt – or is it merely obliviousness? – the Secretary Thing shows for the situation he and his have placed average Americans in is nothing less than astounding.
The insufferable elitist gall of these people, who impose suffering that is entirely unnecessary as well as entirely avoidable – gas prices ought to be declining, as they were, before the Biden Thing seized the apparatus of government – and then smile and tell the people to just spend more money they haven’t got, that’s worth less with the passage of every 24 hours on account of other policies that can be laid at the feet of these self-same creatures, on things they can’t afford and which cost them more than just money.
The Secretary Thing’s time is valuable, whereas that of the little people – as another elitist once styled us – isn’t. He does not have to plan his day – or his trips – around the limitations of EVs. He has the option to photo-op in an EV (as his boss, the Biden Thing recently did in a $75,000 to start GM EV) or be whisked to wherever he needs to be, right now – no matter how far away – without having to wait, for anything. There are armored and not-electric Chevy Suburbans with big V8 engines always idling at the ready. Government jets to whisk the Secretary Thing off to the next photo-op. Their tanks always kept full via the limitless supply of other people’s money that finances and fuels them.
The little people can wait.
If they can pay.
Not many can. EVs – even with “generous” tax kickbacks – still cost as much to buy as an entry-luxury not-electric car, making them a luxury for the affluent, who don’t mind the wait – or who (as is usually the case) have a not-electric car back-up at the ready, so they don’t have to wait.
This is not rocket science. But it is political science. We can see what the priorities are of the party that’s no longer even perfunctorily populist, which has become elitist in way that the GOP never was, even in the most exaggerated depictions of the Democrat Party. Which has become the very thing it once putatively opposed, without (apparently) even realizing it.
These things continue to mouth populist slogans – “build back better!” – while pursuing policies that assure the enserfing of the populace.
First, that the Democrats mean to enserf the populace; second that they are so out of touch that they no longer perceive how elitist they have become, mixing only among themselves and thus believing that everyone else is like themselves.
Can afford to spend $40,000-plus to “save money” on gas that costs $3.40 per gallon.
It could also be both things, twisted together. Like the Party Orators described in Orwell’s 1984 – who practiced something styled Duckspeak, the unconscious noise-making of an animal that was also – at the same time – consciously spewed claptrap uttered with a cynical smirk and knowing derision at the rubes assaulted by it.
All we can know for sure is that if it quacks like a duck, it probably is one.
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