Rep. Steve Davis (R-Sprawl) must be blowing a fuse as he pumps another $100 tank of gas into his gas guzzling SUV. You see, the leader of his party, Governor Sonny Perdue, just announced today that he supports commuter rail initiatives.
With gas at $4 a gallon, and likely $5 by the end of the summer, the people who live in the exurbs (like the places that Steve Davis represents) are the ones who are hurt the worst, because they usually are the ones who have to drive the most.
Sonny Perdue realizes this. He see the standing room only crowds on the commuter buses each morning heading in from suburban Atlanta counties, Republican country. He knows these people want more options other than a traffic clogged, 2 hour round trip, $20 a day commute. If his party does not propose some options other than more asphalt, eventually another party will.
But politicians like poor Steve Davis don’t get it yet though. They are too blinded by ideology, pining for days of cheap oil and the land use patterns that produced suburban sprawl that put them in power.
Guess what boys? Those days aren’t coming back. Gas might not always be $5 a gallon, but the days of cheap gas are over.
I think Sonny now gets it. Do you?