It should come as little surprise that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – the waitress turned socialist congresswoman who is responsible for many of the most head-scratching remarks to ever come out of a politician’s mouth – would be the one to pen the most laughably moronic proposal in the history of Congress.
Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” was all the rage in the media this week, as they praised the congresswoman’s bold new vision for the United States. Even some prominent Democrats – including Presidential hopefuls Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar- quickly came out in support of the proposal. If you actually take the time to read Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal, though, you’ll quickly realize how fantastical and truly disastrous the “Green New Deal” really is.
It’s really no exaggeration to say that the “Green New Deal” paints a picture of a magical world where money grows on trees and all of the world’s problems are easily solved in a matter of years. For starters, the proposal calls for the United States to completely eliminate all use of fossil fuels within the next ten years – without the use of nuclear power, by the way.
In addition to calling for the US to completely eliminate both fossil fuels and nuclear energy at a time when no other viable alternative is available, Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal also calls for every single building in the United States to be replaced with a “green” building – all on the taxpayer’s dime, of course.
Other nonsensical proposals within the document include replacing all air travel in the United States with high-speed trains, free college tuition for everyone, universal healthcare, guaranteed employment by the government, the replacement of every combustion-powered vehicle with electric vehicles, charging stations “everywhere”, and the elimination of “farting cows”.
Perhaps the most ridiculous – and most dangerous – proposal in the “Green New Deal”, though, is Ocasio-Cortez’s plan to provide a basic living income to all Americans. The proposal guarantees “economic security” for anyone who is “unable or unwilling to work”. That last part is an exact quote from the document – in Ocasio-Cortez’s ideal world, not only are those who are unable to work allowed to live off of the welfare state, those who simply don’t want to work have the option of living off of someone else’s labor as well.
It’s difficult to estimate how much all of this would cost since many of the proposals within the “Green New Deal” are not even possible given our current technology and current system of government. However, it is safe to say that Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” would cost an awful lot of green. Ocasio-Cortez, though, urges us not to worry about the cost of her proposal, saying that it will “pay for itself” in little time at all through economic growth.
It’s one thing to say that tax cuts will pay for themselves through economic growth since there is a direct, proven relationship between lower taxes and stronger economies. It is another thing entirely to say that stripping our entire economy of fossil fuels and telling people that they don’t have to work to get paid is a proposal that will “pay for itself”. Anyone even remotely familiar with economics will tell you that Ocasio-Cortez’s plan would devastate the US economy at a blistering pace.
If there is one silver lining here, it’s the fact that no one seems to be taking the “Green New Deal” seriously. While Kamala Harris did come out in support of the proposal, she admits that she did not actually read the document.
Meanwhile, the leader of the Democratic Party, Nancy Pelosi, essentially patted Ocasio-Cortez on the head and told her “nice try”. Pelosi’s exact quote about the document was “it’s enthusiastic and I appreciate the enthusiasm”. If you can imagine a mother telling their five year old the same thing after they drew all over their bedroom wall, you won’t be far off from the current dynamic between Ocasio-Cortez and Pelosi regarding the “Green New Deal.”
And yet, Ocasio-Cortez remains a sitting congresswoman and a “rising star” within the Democratic Party. Her supporters don’t care about the feasibility of her proposals. All they hear is the things that she is promising. Given the opportunity, Ocasio-Cortez will no doubt do everything she can to make those promises a reality – and quite possibly bankrupt the country in the process. The only thing green about AOC’s “Green New Deal” is her.