Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., deserves credit — she’s a socialist, she went to Congress with an agenda, and she is using every opportunity available to her to advance that agenda.
Working together with Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., Ocasio-Cortez has released a framework for a Green New Deal, to be introduced in Congress as a nonbinding House resolution. The document outlines the broad goals for a Democratic legislative agenda to fight climate change. As a nonbinding resolution, its passage in the House would not make law, but it would declare Congress’ intent to meet these goals with future legislative action.
Ocasio-Cortez wants to achieve “net-zero greenhouse gas emissions” and will use a “10-year national mobilization” to do it. To call the policies she is proposing to meet those goals drastic would be a gross understatement. In this document is nothing short of a socialist program to vastly expand government power well beyond the constraints of the Constitution, remake the American economy by force, send the national debt completely out of sight, and invade the private lives of every American to do it all in just ten years. That’s not an exaggeration. Ocasio-Cortez’s own FAQ calls this plan a “massive transformation of our society” that will “mobilize every aspect of American society at a scale not seen since World War 2 to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.” She’s referring to FDR’s wartime command economy, where civilian goods were not produced because of government prohibitions, the top income tax rate was 81 percent, ordinary nondurable goods were rationed, and the government exercised vast power over businesses and wages and restricted the economic life of all Americans.
Reviewing some lowlights of her plan shows that she is in fact asking for a command economy to fight climate change. The Green New Deal would attempt to:
And then we get to the stuff that’s not directly climate-related:
One thing I couldn’t find anywhere in this document is a statement on how these policies will actually counter or negate climate change. That’s because this is not about stopping climate change. Government policies in one country, even a country as large and powerful as the United States, cannot change the planet’s climate. Any notion of “fighting” climate change is purely symbolic — a feel-good excuse for socialists like Ocasio-Cortez to seize control of American economic activity, redistribute wealth, punish perceived privileged classes, and rigidly control what everybody can buy and how much money they have to buy it.
And what happens when the Constitution is trampled on and the nation is “mobilized”? Americans will be unfree and impoverished.
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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