In a House Oversight Committee hearing on Tuesday, former U.S. Senator and Secretary of State John Kerry fulsomely praised socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and excoriated President Donald Trump in no uncertain terms. The dialogue was on the topic of climate change.
Per RealClearPolitics, here is the relevant exchange:
REP. JAMES COMER [R-KY]: Secretary Kerry, my question to you is, is printing a lot of new money and opening a bunch of new public banks is a real way to pay for this Green New Deal project proposal?
JOHN KERRY: Well, let me begin by saying, Congressman, there are a lot of different proposals about how to proceed. I don’t know that any of them are coming from your party or your side of the aisle. Do you have a plan to deal with climate change? I think you said you’re not sure of the science. But my focus is on how we’re going to move forward and we all have some differences about one piece of legislation or another, but in proposing in what she has proposed together with Senator Markey, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez has, in fact, offered more leadership in one day or in one week than President Trump has in his lifetime on this subject.
So, we’re talking about it, and my question is where is your proposal? Did you have any hearings on it in the last few years? Mostly on Benghazi, if I can recall, when I was up here. So, I think what we ought to do is stop the politics and get down to really serving the people of West Virginia and Kentucky.
The co-called “Green New Deal” is, in reality, a fiscally ruinous piece of statist legislation that amounts to a monumental and quasi-tyrannical government takeover. In February, Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro ripped it as “one of the stupidest documents ever written”:
Whoever wrote the proposal is, to put it kindly, dense. Idiotic. Moronic. Even Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) found herself unable to pretend to take it seriously; she said she hadn’t seen it yet, but “it’s enthusiastic and I appreciate the enthusiasm.” This, not coincidentally, is precisely what I say when I find out that my 2-year-old son has used his magic markers on his bedroom wall. When Nancy Pelosi has to pat you on the head and tell you that your picture of a doggie — which, for the record, looks like a blob with three legs and a spaghetti sauce stain — is just great honey, you’re in trouble. …
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.”
Alas, the praising of such lunacy is par for the course for John Kerry.