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Limbaugh: Ocasio-Cortez And Her ‘Green New Deal’ Just Blew The Lid Off Leftism

On his top-rated radio program Thursday, host Rush Limbaugh could barely contain himself over the much-anticipated and now much-derided “Green New Deal” unveiled by democratic socialist freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Thursday. AOC and her plan full of “literal impossibilities,” said Limbaugh, just exposed how “nuts” the Left’s worldview has become.

“Holy smokes. Holy smokes!” Limbaugh exclaimed at the beginning of a segment Thursday dedicated to AOC and her “Green New Deal.” “This is great. I love it! I love it, folks. You know, the left has gone nuts. They literally have gone nuts on this climate change business. …. I want to go through some of the things that Cortez and some of these other people are proposing. They really believe this! I gotta calm down. I gotta slow down. I’ve gotta be reasoned and deliberate here.”

With a great display of self-control, Limbaugh said that, while it was going to be “tough for me to do,” he was going to sit back and let Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow radicals speak — because that’s the most effective way to end this whole global warming debate. “If we just shut up and let these people speak, we may end this whole climate change issue inside of two years,” he said. “Just shut up.”

Rush then began to unpack AOC’s “100% renewable,” 100% undoable “Green New Deal.”

“Some of the new proposals that they have somehow let loose, they want to rebuild every single building in America,” he explained. “They want to phase out air travel in 10 years. They are promising government jobs and health care for everybody. And they’re suggesting that if we don’t have the money for it, no big deal, just print some. There’s a story in Politico today quoting Cortez as saying deficits don’t mean anything.”

“Rebuild every building in America,” he added later. “I’m not making this up. They are dead serious. Phase out air travel in the next 10 years. Lord, thank you for my enemies. These people have now proposed what they literally believe what they think is necessary. And I find myself reacting to this much as I did reacting to things 20 years ago. Said, ‘Nobody is gonna believe this. Nobody’s gonna support this. Everybody’s gonna see how wacko this is.’ Now, I’ve learned. Some people are gonna support it. Some people are gonna support banning air travel. Some people are gonna think it’s a great idea to tear down every building and rebuild every building so it will be environmentally proper. I mean, literal impossibilities. We cannot ban air travel. The world would be brought to a screeching halt. The rest of the world isn’t gonna do any of this. And then you get to the printing money aspect.”

Limbaugh then nailed down his point: “So the great thing here is that they are, for whatever reason, showing all of their cards. And they are demonstrating exactly what they think is necessary to save the planet. And we’re all gonna benefit from this exposé.”

When he got to reading specifics from AOC’s deal, Limbaugh warned his audience that they’re going to think he’s “making it up”: “Quote: [E]xpanding high-speed rail to ‘a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary.’ What has our education system done? What in the world has it done to people? It has turned them against progress. It has turned them against prosperity. It has turned them against greatness.”

Noting that Politico is reporting that AOC and some of her fellow radical Dems are throwing out all concern about the deficit, Limbaugh played the following exchange between AOC and NPR’s Steve Inskeep from “Morning Edition“:

INSKEEP: One reason people who are politically conservative are skeptical of efforts to combat climate change is that it sounds to them like it requires massive government intervention, which they just don’t like. Are you prepared to put on the table that, yes, that they are right, that what this requires is massive government intervention?

CORTEZ: It does, yeah, I have no problem saying that. Why? Because we have tried their approach for 40 years. For 40 years we tried to let the private sector take care of it. They said, “we got this, we can do this. The forces of the market are going to force us to innovate,” except for the fact that there’s a little thing in economics called externalities, and what that means is that a corporation can dump pollution in the river and they don’t have to pay for it. And taxpayers have to pay for cleaning up our air, cleaning up our water, and saving the planet. And so we’ve already been paying the costs except we have not been getting any of the benefit.

Limbaugh responded by saying AOC may be an “ignoramus,” but the worst part is that she’s not alone.

“I really do think it’s a shame what our country, what our education system, whoever’s responsible for it, what they’ve done to these people,” he said. “This woman is… I’m trying to find a charitable way. She’s just an ignoramus. She doesn’t know what she doesn’t know, and what she does know is so cockeyed that it’s difficult to deal with it with a straight face. But the problem is she’s not alone. It’s widespread. A whole lot of people in her generation have bought into this silly notion. As far as she’s concerned, the United States is responsible for climate change. As far as she’s concerned, climate change is real and is gonna destroy the planet in under 30 years. Well, in her case, 12 years. We’ve got 12 years. It’s absolutely absurd. The whole thing intellectually, scientifically is absurd — and yet they buy it hook, line, and sinker. Now their proposals here, which we detailed: Phase out air travel in the next 10 years, government guaranteed job for all, rebuild every single building in the USA!”

Rush also addressed one of the things that got him so charged up at the beginning of the segment: Pelosi’s “major slap upside the head” to Ocasio-Cortez. “Pelosi has created this brand-new committee, a select committee to deal with climate change, and she did not put Ocasio-Cortez on it! Ocasio-Cortez has been snubbed! Ocasio-Cortez is leading this thing among the Millennials and the Democrat freshmen. And Pelosi has named this new select committee just announced they’re not gonna put Cortez on it. This is gonna cause delectable fireworks.”

“Pelosi’s appointed three other freshman Democrats to the panel. Eight Democrats to the new special climate change committee,” he explained later, laughing. “Cortez isn’t on the climate change committee! I have to tell you. I think Pelosi knows this is all a crock, she has to. I mean, folks, this is insane. This is literally childish. This is Romper Room type stuff and she’s gotta know this. So she has to placate these people and give them their little committee. And putting mostly freshmen on it means that she’s not taking it all that seriously.”

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