Skip to comments.The Weak Rollout of the Green New Deal
Posted on 02/11/2019 5:52:35 AM PST by RoosterRedux
What has been put forth is only a resolution calling on Congress to draft Green New Deal legislation, not detailed legislation itself. The resolution calls for meeting 100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources, to be accomplished through a 10-year national mobilization, but it doesnt offer much of a plan to accomplish it, let alone grapple with all of the obstacles and ramifications of a radical transformation of the American economy over a breakneck timeline. On top of its energy goals, the resolution would require providing all Americans with high-quality health care, affordable, safe, and adequate housing and economic security, but makes no attempt to explain how to accomplish any of that.
Further adding to the confusion, and handing political ammunition to Republicans, was an amateurish fact sheet briefly posted on Ocasio-Cortezs website that suggested the proposal would include additional ambitious measures, such as a universal basic income for all Americans. The document was taken down from the site, and dismissed by the congresswoman as a draft not intended for distribution.
Some have suggested the sheer audacity of the plan is more important than the policy details or its immediate legislative prospects, because it will move the so-called Overton Window: By expanding the bounds of political discourse, the Green New Deal will make other climate proposals appear more moderate than they do today and improve their prospects for passage.
But at least one of the chief policy architects of the resolution isnt looking to make other proposals look good; hes trying to make other Democrats look bad.
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Didn’t Hussein’s green deal already fail. Ya know, Solyndra, weather proofing brown shirts, hammering coal companies, blocking oil leases, pipelines, etc..
> to be accomplished through a 10-year national mobilization <
Kinda reminds me of Stalin’s old five-year plans. Goals were set without any connection to reality. Miss your goal, and you’re a “wrecker”. It’s off to the gulag with you!
I guess that part of Ocasio-Cortezs plan will be rolled out later.
Theres a method to their madness. First they float a very extreme green strategy. Alarms everyone but the enviro wingnuts. Then, they back off, drop the banning of internal combustion engines (for now) and commercial aircraft. Then, the mushy middle, aka suburban women, think oh, ok theyre not so bad afterall. I can live with that. Will work like a charm. Guarantee it...
As has been suggested, this isn't about climate at all...but it is about shifting the "Overton Window."
This resolution has put the discussion of "socialism" front and center (i.e. expanded the "Overton Window" leftward to include it).
Whomever it is that is backing AOC (certainly the Democratic Socialists of America but who else?) isn't sitting on the sidelines looking for a chance to get in the game.
They have elbowed their way right into the center of things and this session is just getting started.
The Green New Deal will go the same way as “Earth Day”, a nothing burger eaten by kooks.
No more flights to their districts, vegan food ONLY, travel only by electric vehicles, no electricity except that produced by renewable sources like solar and windmills...
GND - Green New Deal
Good News Declared
LTC - Learn To Code
Lead to Christ
The opportunity to challenge the mantras and talking points of the LEFT are before us all.
Something on the order of being accused of murder with fake evidence and told you are going to get the needle. Then later on you are told to plead guilty and get life. So you jump at life in prison to avoid the death penalty.
May be a weak analogy, but such a plan is the death penalty and backing off from hit for a softer solution does sort of parallel what you said.
AOC came out with the plan that men should pee in a milk jug to save water. To insure equal rights shouldn’t every woman be fitted with a cath? Who is going to cover the cost of all the UTI’s this creates? Will the caths be attached to plastic bags creating more pollution? How will plastic bags be made without oil to make the plastic?
If we outlaw cows no one will be making milk jugs.
Second what the heck are we supposed to do with milk jugs full of pee? Is there going to be a separate garbage bin to put the jugs in? How do you separate the pee and plastic into their rightful bins?
Someone should ask her all these questions.
Virginia Kruta | Associate Editor
I WAS LAUGHING SO HARD I NEARLY CRIED:
WSJS KIMBERLEY STRASSEL CANT GET OVER GREEN NEW DEAL
The Wall Street Journals Kimberley Strassel was not impressed by the rollout of the proposed Green New Deal in fact, she argued that if a bunch of GOPers plotted to forge a fake Democratic bill showing how bonkers the party is, they could not have done a better job.
As Democrats rolled out the resolution, the commentary and criticisms rolled out as well. Strassel was firmly and decidedly in the camp of the latter.
"By the end of the Green New Deal resolution (and accompanying fact sheet) I was laughing so hard I nearly cried. If a bunch of GOPers plotted to forge a fake Democratic bill showing how bonkers the party is, they could not have done a better job. It is beautiful."
Strassel followed her initial tweet with a series of key points to illustrate her initial assessment. The facilities, solar panels, and turbines required to deliver renewable electricity on the scale described in the GND would take up more space than the entire state of California.......500k square km. Also note, govt (taxpayers) will pay for thesenot private sector.
I wish opponents would focus on what it requires rather than what it hopes to achieve. It requires elimination of 2 (at least) principles our country was founded on
1) Consent of the governed - stated in the preamble to the Declaration of Independence
2) Property rights - the 16th has eroded this right, but the green new deal would end it
Neither party cares about these now but it’s still possible for them to regain some respect. Once the bureaucracy and revenue/tax mechanisms are put in place to implement the green new deal, these two principles will be almost impossible to get back without a change of government.
Progressives will try to convince people that only “the rich” will be taxed. We need to educate people that EVERYONE (and their employer) will lose the right to property as long as our country exists - restoring rights is VERY RARE while continuous expansion of government power (and need for our money) has happened in every government in history. The end of the country will have started once we lose property rights and more often than not replacing the government is not pretty.
“Green New Deal will make other climate proposals appear more moderate than they do today and improve their prospects for passage.”
This is exactly the play. This is very effective Rat tactic
one of the rules for negotiating is:
Aim your aspirations high. Your aspirations will likely be the single most important factor in determining the outcome of the negotiation. You can aim high just as easily as you can aim low.
Even the old Hollywood noticed:
"A Russian! I love Russians! Comrade. I've been fascinated by your Five-Year Plan for the last fifteen years." /Ninotchka
And its goal isn't a clean environment. It's the elimination of the two principles you mentioned...(1) Consent of the governed and (2) Property rights.
The Green New Deal is nothing but a vehicle for socialism.
If the Left were currently concerned with the fear of extraterrestrial invasion, the Congressional Resolution would have been a "Stop the UFO's New Deal."
Just call it what it is. The Contract Against America. Which really means, in the twisted and warped minds of progs, a Contract Against Free Markets. Or, Contract for Tyranny, if you want the nuts and bolts version.
Neither the “New Deal” nor the “Green” movements have ever been anything but a front for imposing a command-and-control economy and governing system on the United States.
FDR’s original “New Deal” was in fact a serious crib from the program promoted by Benito Mussolini in Italy during the 1920’s, and the Fascist government of Italy was held to be the model for how the economy of the US might be reorganized, in “fairness” to the working class.
The original intent of the socialist program behind fascism was to harness the wealth generation capability of capitalist investment for the benefit of distribution of the proceeds in larger quantity for the labor force that contributed its efforts to the growth and market penetration of the organized corporations. The corporate entities were to be organized into “syndicates”, a group of cartels each specializing in one segment of the economy, and the purpose of the government was to consolidate and regulate this consolidation until there was one essential leadership council of each of the various segments of the economy. Once this state of nirvana was achieved, the state, as such, would simply wither away, and the oligarchies of each of the syndicates would effectively govern the flow of wealth and the well-being of the denizens under their purview.
The “Greens” have taken the further step of actively promoting government agencies as the “innovators”, and not the capitalistic oligarchies, who would only be “permitted” to join in as the assigned “winners” of the lottery of distribution of largesse from the proceeds of funds from taxation. Those who failed to meet approval of the government “experts” would be mercilessly driven from the marketplace.
Laissez-faire capitalism was to be totally suppressed and denounced as “evil”.
Turns out, any form of command-and-control economics can only continue for so long as the great masses do not become restless, and the usually much smaller number of professional malcontents is ruthlessly suppressed, by imprisonment, exile, or execution of the most recalcitrant.
Police state and socialism are indivisible.
A true story from an old economics book of mine:
During one of Stalin’s five-year plans, a factory manager was told he must double (by weight) the amount of nails that he produced.
The manager realized he could only accomplish this by producing really big nails. So that’s what he did. He met his goal, and got a medal.
No matter that no one needed such large nails. They just sat in the factory lot and rusted.
Onward the Revolution!
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