By John Ruberry
“We’ve been strangely fortunate. Pippin saw in the Palantír a glimpse of the enemy’s plan.” Gandalf in the movie version of The Return of the King.
Last week with tremendous fanfare US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) announced the rollout of the Green New Deal. On her website, AOC, who has been a member of Congress for a whopping one month, included a FAQ page, which not only apparently was immediately mocked and ridiculed by conservatives and anyone with a functioning brain not addled by leftist ideolgy.
Ben Shapiro in the Daily Wire perhaps summed up the GND the better than anyone:
How bad is the Green New Deal paper? Putting aside the fact that, as written, it would receive a C+ in any high school English class, it essentially articulates a magical world in which the skies rain chocolate, the world is powered by unicorn farts, and AOC dances through the gumdrop meadows to Lisztomania. The proposal calls for the United States to be free of carbon emissions within 10 years without the use of nuclear power. It calls for every building in the United States to be replaced or retrofitted in green fashion. It calls for universal healthcare, free college education, the replacement of airplanes with high-speed trains, charging stations “everywhere” (this is the sort of exactness the proposal contains), replacement of “every combustion-engine vehicle,” government-provided jobs, family and medical leave, vacations, retirement security, and the abolition of “farting cows.” It also calls for total “economic security” for anyone “unable or unwilling to work.”
The Green New Deal paper is a multi-paragraph gaffe with bullet points, and it’s a classical gaffe, meaning that AOC unintentionally let loose, like cow flatulence, her true intentions. The self-described “democratic socialist” is in fact a rigid leftist who wants the federal government to declare a Year Zero by turning America upside down and inside out.
The Green New Deal paper has neatly ascertained how we pay for the Green New Deal “The Federal Reserve can extend credit to power these projects,” the paper says, “and investments and new public banks can be created to extend credit.” Instead of just saying money will be handed out, the Fed and these “new public banks” will “extend credit.” Clever. Where will these new public banks open? Perhaps they will be “everywhere,” like those charging stations the GND promises. Where will the deposits come from for those new public banks? If asked about that, Ocasio-Cortez will probably just scream, as she did when asked how Medicare-for-all” will be funded, “You just pay for it!”
No internal combustion engine automobiles means no relatively cheap vehicles. The least expensive Tesla is $43,000, the electric car maker probably doesn’t even possess one-percent of the automobile market share. Not even in ten years can Tesla or another electric car maker take over the other 99 percent of the market. The used car market will barely exist under the Green New Deal. That automobile you are driving now will end up in a scrap heap, like those Cash for Clunkers trade-ins. No farting cows means no beef. If we’re not eating beef, why do we need pork? Or fish dinners?
Pass the bean sprouts.
What will replace your home under the GND? Public housing projects is my guess.
Trains, like the charging stations for those electric cars that we will have a Soviet-style ten year wait list for, will be “everywhere,” presumably run by the government, like that massive federal failure, Amtrak.
This is the society the 21st century left envisions. Of course they can’t campaign on it. Perhaps they can declare climate change an emergency, which is one reason President Trump should be cautious before enacting one to complete the wall at the southern border.
In ten years when her Green New Deal is still stuck in hash pipe dream mode, I can see President Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announcing to Congress, “It is with great reluctance that I have agreed to this calling. I love democracy. I love the Republic. Once this crisis has abated, I will lay down the powers you have given me!”
That is from the speech Chancellor Palpatine, before he became the Dark Force Emperor in the Star Wars films, gave to the Galactic Senate.
The Democrats’ “Green New Deal” brings to mind an insight from Churchill: Socialism may begin with the best of intentions, but it always ends with the Gestapo.— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) February 8, 2019
A few days ago on Twitter, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) said this, “The Democrats’ “Green New Deal” brings to mind an insight from Churchill: Socialism may begin with the best of intentions, but it always ends with the Gestapo.”
John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.