Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, seizing the moment, has decided that the Senate will vote on the apocalyptic socialist “Green New Deal” offered by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her colleagues.
McConnell is nothing if not a master of timing, as he has shown throughout his career; as Ross K. Baker noted in The Washington Post, “McConnell is among the most effective of Senate leaders. He has resolutely pursued what he calls the ‘long game,’ angling to have influence decades after he has left office. And his moves have largely achieved their objectives. While many on the left view McConnell’s legacy as the destruction of the Senate and its norms, they should, however grudgingly, acknowledge his skills.”
Baker continued by referencing McConnell’s “brilliant tactical skills”:
McConnell must certainly be placed among the pantheon of most effective congressional leaders. While it rubbed Democrats the wrong way, his denial of Republican votes for President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stripped those bills of bipartisan legitimacy. More recently, his strategic “long game” approach has been vividly on display through two Supreme Court nominations, especially that of Kavanaugh.
After the “Green New Deal” was announced by the leftist socialist Democrats, criticism abounded. Even Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi tried to keep her distance, damning it with faint praise by patronizing, “It’s enthusiastic and I appreciate the enthusiasm.”
Pelosi was far from alone; Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) noting that the overview from the bill intended to eliminate air travel, commented, “That would be pretty hard for Hawaii.”
Kimberly Strassel, the Potomac Watch columnist for The Wall Street Journal, absolutely decimated the bill, tweeting, “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. #GreenNewDeal.”
Strassel continued with her thread on Twitter, writing:
See Ron Bailey for look at sheer number of turbines, solar panels, facilities necessary just for the "renewable electricity" bit. Wud need 500k square km, bigger than California. Also note, govt will pay for these--not private sector. Also, AOC would put charging stations "everywhere," upgrade or tear down "every building" in the country (homes and businesses), install high-speed rail across every state, upgrade all our infrastructure. (Maybe once Ds allow permitting reform? LOL. LOL. LOL.)
Somehow, government-run healthcare, "family sustainable" wages, paid leave, and "affordable" housing are also "required" for a clean economy. I would love to understand this logic. (And imagine what wages will need to be to pay for billion-dollar-per-kilowatt electricity)
Key part though people is bit in fact sheet that explains why resolution is not immediately banning fossil fuels or demanding zero-emissions across economy. Because "we aren't sure that we'll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast." Note "fully."
Planes run on fossil fuel. No fossil fuel, no visits to granny. Cows produce methane, why alarmists want to get rid of livestock. She can't do it "fully" in 10 years, but AOC is coming after ur air miles and bacon. This is honesty about how Ds wud micromanage private life.
And how to pay for mass trillions in cost? Don't worry! Federal Reserve will just "extend credit" And "new public banks can be created to extend credit too." Because, you know, like, money is just paper, and how hard can it be to make some more of the stuff, right? Right?
Ok. Back to laughing.
As Justin Haskins, Executive Editor for The Heartland Institute, summed up:
There are numerous socialist policies mandated under the "Green New Deal" that would harm tens of millions Americans and drive up the national debt to unsustainable heights. Just some of those policies include single-payer health care, a national tuition-free college program, a promise to provide every American with "healthy food," a national basic income program, a universal promise for housing and "economic security," and a plan to "upgrade" every single building in the country, including every American’s home. This isn’t just radical socialism, this is madness.