It’s almost as if cancel culture meets political theater.
Last week, the Newark City Council voted to revoke the business licenses of their city’s Lukoil gas stations. It was supposed to show that they supported Ukraine. US Senator Cory Booker couldn’t reach a microphone fast enough.
“That’s the good news,” Booker said. “The demand for workers right now is really, really high. People are desperate to hire people.
Like a typical Democrat, he thought only of the workers at these closed gas stations, not the owners.
Many of these Lukoil gas stations in New Jersey that you see are franchises, which means locally owned. People are putting their life savings into it, maybe taking out loans on their homes, under a perfectly legal business deal that is now being taken away from them like it means nothing.
And them? It’s just ? Is this freedom? Frankly, it sounds more like something Russia would do to its citizens.
U.S. Representative Tom Malinowski, DN.J. 7th arrondissement, also had face-to-face time.
“We have a lot of gas stations. There are franchise opportunities in this country that are not Lukoil,” he said.
Yes, he really said that. In other words, these heartless politicians are okay playing cancel culture on local business owners just to hurt the parent company in Russia to, in theory, bring Putin to his knees.
Except that won’t be the case. If all the sanctions and severe international banking beheadings that the United States has already imposed on Russia haven’t slowed the flow of tanks to Ukraine, then our foolish actions against local franchise gas stations will mean nothing. other than a cheap signal of virtue.
Oh, and Lukoil in Russia? This parent company has officially called for peace and an end to violence.
Sal Risalvato, as executive director of the NJ Gasoline C-Store and Automotive Association, knows a thing or two about how it all works. Unlike Malinowski and Booker. He joined us on the air Monday as we break down those moves and you can listen to that 5 a.m. conversation here.
He points out that many of those franchisees who signed multi-year agreements didn’t even start under Lukoil. Many of them were originally under Mobil or Getty, then were taken over by Lukoil and had their names slapped on the panels.
Now, for some real entertainment in all that buffoonery and posturing, check out what Governor Phil Murphy had to say about skyrocketing gas prices.
“At this point with Russia, given what Putin is doing in Ukraine, we are all going to have to swallow hard and accept. It’s completely illegal,” Murphy said. “This guy is a complete and absolute thug. He’s a war criminal and if that means we all have to suffer a little bit to break this guy down, then that’s what it’s gotta do because that’s what we have to do.”
If politics and sparing two nuclear superpowers a direct conflict prevent trained American soldiers from entering Ukrainian soil, then what is the duty of American civilians to break Putin by not having enough money to take care of our children? As always, these are pretty words from petty politicians that turn out to be worthless.
The views expressed in the above post are those of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Jeff Deminski only.
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