New Times Sq. billboard flattens Buttigieg: ‘Elite Pete Says ‘Let Them Drive Electric Cars’

Whether through disconnect or disdain, President Joe Biden’s administration and his progressive acolytes have shown little sign of slowing down on their march toward former President Barack Obama’s foretold fundamental transformation of America. So, one conservative advocacy group felt it was only right that Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg get the recognition he deserved for a crowning achievement in elitist problem-solving.

Despite no apparent relative background experience, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind. was appointed to Biden’s cabinet to head the Department of Transportation. While his greatest accomplishment thus far may have been securing a vacation through paternity leave after he and his husband adopted children, the Job Creators Network (JCN) saw fit to honor “Elite Pete” for his one-size-fits-all solution to the crippling price of gasoline.

On Friday, the monarchical Mayor Pete was adorned with a crown and handed a scepter in a billboard posted in New York City’s Time Square that read “Pain at the Pump? Elite Pete says, ‘Let them drive electric cars!'”

That’s right, “As Americans face high gas prices,” Alfredo Ortiz, JCN President and CEO said in a statement, “the Biden administration continues to play the blame game–arguing that financial headaches at the pump are a result of the war in Ukraine and ‘greedy’ gas station owners, rather than their own drilling-hesitant energy policies.”

“Now, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is going a step further and belittling the problem as a mere inconvenience that can be avoided by simply buying an electric car. Perhaps Elite Pete should get off his throne to experience how the average American lives,” Ortiz added.

To really hammer home the point, the organization explained, “Today, the Job Creators Network put up a billboard in the heart of Times Square calling out Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg for suggesting Americans should just buy electric cars to avoid high gas prices. According to [Kelley] Blue Book, the average price of a new electric vehicle is roughly $67,000.”

Buttigieg has harped on this out-of-touch message and recently said in an interview, “Now we’re actually starting to see on some models, the cost come to where, even if your car payment’s a little high, your gas payment will be a little lower and you come out ahead.”

He was rightfully ridiculed for that with some dubbing him “Pete Antoinette” over his elitist posturing.

However, the message clearly hadn’t sunk in as he continued peddling his green or nothing agenda on CNBC last week after testifying before Congress.

“I’m still astonished that some folks and I felt this as I was testifying in Congress yesterday. Some folks seem to really struggle to let go of the status quo,” he contended. “If someone wants to raise the reasons why it’s hard, those are absolutely challenges we should be taking on and working through, but if it’s done as an excuse to do nothing, all we’re doing is signing up for more of these vexing questions that pit our interests, our alliances and our values against each other year after year after year.”

Of course, Buttigieg’s pie-in-the-sky thinking, as nearly all government solutions to problems do, merely opens the door to further issues down the road that the progressives are more than happy to ignore rather than getting out of the way of truly free enterprise.

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