FoDaddy; it's the age-old problem of what people want is what they think is good for them in the short run. This does not always match what's good for the whole country in the long run. Federal governments have a responsibility to try to balance imports and exports in the long run to protect the currency. If they don't do that, the country will end up being owned by foreigners. This is already happening; the Chinese are now buying US companies instead of hanging on to all those dollars that Walmart and you gave them. Middle East countries are also buying up US hotels and energy companies.
So, OP merrily driving a Jeep on the beach will worsen the above situation.
You will find that in France for instance, economical cars are very much within reach of the average citizen, but cars with big engines and high horspeower are taxed heavily. If you have a large family in France you can still economically afford a minivan with a small diesel.
Countries that don't have oil have always taxed gasoline and cars heavily. Countries that have lots of oil tended not to, although Norway (a major oil exporter) does so. Countries that USED TO HAVE lots of oil, such as the US, will have to make that difficult transition to reducing oil and gasoline consumption through taxation, better alternate technology, and more public rapid transit. "The people" will still be able to decide what they want to drive, it will just cost more.
Whether you like it or not, those are the economic facts of life.