Here in southern Idaho there is a plethora of SUV's and trucks. Most are full size. Most probably average around 15 mpg. Things are pretty spread out in our state as we still resemble a rural setting with some suburbs thrown in here and there. 20 miles over to town and 5 to the kids school. Add another 20 for church and errands on the weekends. The miles add up as do the gas prices.
We don't have mass transit in most of Idaho. There are no buses that run from the ranch back to town. The family that grows America's food does not have a bus or light rail running by their front door. Most folks here have designed their lives that way. A lot of us left the city,with it's mass transit and close proximity shopping, years ago. Mass transit will not work in most Idaho areas, nor is it welcome.
The Democrats in Congress just kicked out the idea of drilling in our own country again. With one fell swoop they have told the American people that the rising price of gas does not matter. Let the price continue to go up they stated. Who cares?
Who should care is anyone that enjoys eating. With the rising price of gas comes the rising price of food. Growing food requires gas. Gas runs pumps for water. Gas runs tractors. Gas runs balers. Gas runs aerial spray aircraft. Gas runs trucks that deliver food. Gas runs cars that deliver the farmer's family to town. Gas.
While liberals tout the advantages of mass transit as a means to escape the high gas prices, the cost of food will rise. Food cannot be grown or delivered via mass transit. A light rail system can't help plant or harvest food. City busses cannot deliver fresh meat to the grocery store. City dwellers are going to be in trouble soon.
Here in the rural areas we can escape delivery costs as well as retail costs by simply driving out to the farm and picking up the food. If we need milk, we drive over to the dairy and get some. The same goes for beef, eggs, lamb, vegetables, etc. No need to go to a grocery store and pay $8 per pound for beef when we can get it for $2 per pound at the grower. Milk for $1.50 a gallon instead of $3 or $4. Good for us. Bad for others.
Liberals are all for high gas prices. Maybe we will all move back to midtown, wear the liberal uniform, go to coffee houses, and ride mass transit or bikes. I don't think so. The cost of living that way is too high. What mass transit saves in costs, food prices will more than eat up(no pun intended). City dwellers will soon learn.
Here in Idaho we will be OK. I believe most of rural America will be just fine. Rural folks are tougher than city folks. Just like Hank Williams so aptly stated " a country boy can survive". And survive we will. Unlike our city brethren.