Democrat Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi can’t even remember what the Green New Deal is actually called. However, it’s the fact that Sen. McConnell wants to schedule a vote on it in the Senate that is really freaking Democrats out. Democrat Sen. Ed Markey, who is a co-sponsor of the bill, has even gone so far as to accuse Sen. McConnell of attempting to sabotage the nascent bill by bringing it up for a vote.
At present, the Green New Deal is a non-binding resolution that outlines a plan to save the world from climate change. It includes a number of unrealistic proposals such as upgrading every single building in the United States for energy efficiency in the next ten years, and reducing carbon emissions to net-zero in the same time period.
It gets better. The New Green Deal also includes a proposal to eventually eliminate air travel in favor of high-speed rail, but does not include travel options for those who want to travel across the ocean to Europe, Asia, Africa or Australia. There’s also a federal job guarantee to every single person who wants to work; furthermore, the new jobs being provided would offer a minimum wage of at least $15.00 and include benefits. At the same time, the proposed Green New Deal would assure economic security not only for people who are unable to work, but also for those who simply don’t want to do so.
Most Democrat presidential candidates have already publicly embraced the Green New Deal, including Senators Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, and there are a fair few Democrat representatives in Congress who are also backing the resolution.
However, as Sen. Markey accurately points out, the goals of bringing the bill to a vote in the Senate isn’t a move to actually turn the Green New Deal into the law of the land. Republicans oppose the resolution, and the GOP has a majority in the Senate. What is more, there is absolutely no chance that President Donald Trump would ever sign the resolution into law. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s real aim in bringing up the deal for a vote is to give everyone an opportunity to go on record about it. In other words, the vote will give every Senator an opportunity to publicly clarify if he or she is against the Green New Deal.
Sen. Markey calls this a “sabotage”; and the fact that he does so is very telling. After all, the people who elect the politicians in the first place have a right to know where their representatives stand on important issues, and the Green New Deal is certainly a life-changing legislation that will directly affect every single person living in the United States.
Democrats who are looking for a positive cause to rally their voters behind have latched onto the “Green New Deal”. It has a classy ring to it, and comes laden with a multitude of promises that are basically just millennial socialist talking points. According to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, this doesn’t just save the world from climate change — it also ends racism!
In other words, Democrats wrote themselves into a corner because they have no other choice but to placate their radicalized base despite them knowing damn well that this resolution is idiotic. This is their fault, and now Mitch McConnell is calling them out.
If bringing the Green New Deal to a vote is “sabotage”, then maybe Senate Democrats should spend more than five minutes on actually reading a piece of legislation before staking their entire political careers on it.
~ Conservative Zone