Pete Riehm
Choking American energy and the middle class
By Pete Riehm
June 8, 2022

Watching the United States of America slip into a third world stupor has Americans stunned and befuddled how the greatest nation on the earth can be failing so miserably on pretty much every front. With our abundance of natural resources, superior technology, and most ingenious people, it makes no sense. Can our government officials be this stupid? Or, could this frivolous destruction be on purpose?

Less than two years ago, President Trump had dramatically reduced illegal immigration and with his aggressive border wall project nearly secured our southern border, so it’s obvious Biden’s reckless open borders policy is clearly intentional. We are being flooded with record numbers of illegal immigrants that are being exploited by the cartels. Child and sex trafficking is surging, drugs are pouring into the country, and foreign criminals are run amok. Biden’s incredibly failed border and immigration policies are inescapably on purpose and that purpose beyond recruiting new Democrat voters is to create chaos.

The Democrat Media Complex will argue immigration policy is too complex, so how about something simple like baby formula? How is it possible the most powerful nation with the largest economy on the planet suddenly can’t produce enough baby formula?! What an odd coincidence baby formula manufacturers suffered shortfalls and safety violations that decreased if not stopped production. And how embarrassing that the American military had to emergency airlift baby formula in from Europe?

Skyrocketing inflation is ravaging Americans families as the cost of living is going through the roof. Spiking energy prices are driving and leading cost increases across the board. Since Biden took office, the cost to fill up has more than doubled and there is no end in sight to the meteoric rise. President Trump left us energy independent for the first time in over half a century with less the $2 per gallon gas. The USA has over a century in oil reserves and the technology to produce cheap energy, so why do Biden and the Democrats absolutely refuse to implement anything that would ease the energy burden on Americans?

Even though soaring energy prices are crippling American families, Biden and his leftist henchmen will scold us that climate change is upon us and about to destroy the earth. They wail that the rising oceans are about to drown us if worsening storms don’t get us, so they don’t care if you can’t feed your family due to inflation. For leftists, the planet is much more important than people. And it also doesn’t matter that none of the climate change fear mongering the past decades has ever come to pass.

Even granting some legitimacy to Democrats supposed climate concerns, why not at least some temporary measures to provide some modicum of relief? Because it’s not about climate change or solving the energy crisis. It’s about choking off the American energy industry and with it the American middle class; both are obstacles to globalism and socialism.

An energy independent America makes the USA too strong and Americans too free. High energy costs arguably affect the largest economy more than the rest of the world and because Americans consume energy at higher rates, but the concept is to weaken America and bring it in line with the rest of the worlds mediocre or stagnant economies – it’s meant to level the playing field, so the USA has less influence to resist globalism.

There is also a subtle scheme to redistribute global wealth. China has a monopoly on lithium which is essential to battery production, so as electric vehicles are forced on the people because fossil fuels are being manipulated to be just as expensive, China will be enriched. And as we switch to greater reliance on electric vehicles, energy costs will increase more because we will need even more energy production to charge these vehicles. But the American economy will be further hobbled because the infrastructure doesn’t exist to support a wholesale shift to electric vehicles. So, even if you can afford an electric vehicle, it will be difficult to get it charged especially if you travel.

Ultimately, the target in all of this climate and energy intrigue is the American middle class. Inexpensive energy liberates the middle class to not only provide for itself, but to thrive and build their own wealth. Socialist governments do not want their subjects to have wealth because if the people can provide for themselves, they will resist government dependency.

If it seems American leftists are working against working Americans, it’s because they are. The USA absolutely has the capacity to solve our energy problems by restoring our fossil fuel industry, but that would be contrary to the leftist Democrat agenda to eradicate the middle class until we have only the very rich and very poor – that mix will embrace socialism. We know better and they know better; that’s why Democrats are working against the clock to destroy the American energy industry and eviscerate the middle class before we can hold them accountable in November.

“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me” (1 Corinthians 15:10).

Pete Riehm is the host of Common Sense Radio heard 8 pm every Thursday on FMTalk106.5 or streaming at Email him at or on MEWE @PeteRiehm or read all his columns at

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Born to German immigrants, Pete Riehm grew up in Texas as a first generation American. Working his way through college, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve. After graduating from the University of Houston, Pete was commissioned into the United States Navy through Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. He also earned a Master's Degree in National Security from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas... (more)


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