By J. D. Heyes
As you may have read, â€œDemocratic Socialistâ€ Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) released her â€œGreen New Dealâ€ earlier this month to immediate praise and fanfare from the Left-wing establishment media, though it was instantly panned by critics â€”Â including some from her own partyÂ â€” over its many unrealistic objectives.
The plan has already received the endorsement of nearly 70 Democrats and a number of 2020 Democratic presidential contenders including Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Corey Booker of New Jersey.
But many others have criticized it for its ridiculous proposals to fight so-called â€œclimate change,â€ which includes proposals to completely move off all fossil fuels (oil, natural gas, gasoline, coal) and nuclear power (which is emissions-free) within a decade by building a high-speed rail system to replaceÂ allÂ air travel and rebuilding every home and building in the country to ensure they are â€˜energy efficient.â€™
However, one of the planâ€™s many â€˜social justiceâ€™ provisions turned heads the most: A plan to ensure â€œeconomic securityâ€ even for people â€œunwilling to work.â€
After an outline of the Green New Deal containing that provision was published online, Ocasio-Cortez had staffersÂ remove it because it was being slammed by Republicans and Democrats alike as too foolish for words. She and her surrogates tried to claim that the initial post was some Republican conspiracy, butÂ archived metadata shows without questionÂ the initial post did make such a claim.
Needless to say, however, before the plan was pulled offline, it generated a lot of attention â€” and support â€” from younger Americans,Â Campus ReformÂ noted. So, curious as to just how young people felt about the Green New Deal, the websiteâ€™s Cabot Phillips went to the University of Miami to get a feel for studentsâ€™ views.
â€œI like that itâ€™s progressive, that itâ€™s gonna push the world forward,â€Â one student noted. Another said, â€œJust from knowing whoâ€™s endorsed it and some other little things, it sounds great.â€
Another student took a much more serious viewpoint of the Green New Deal, predicting â€œif we didnâ€™t do that, weâ€™re going to be killing ourselvesâ€ â€” a view reflective of how successful the climate hoaxers have been at convincing young Americans the worldâ€™s going to end thanks to SUVs, cattle farts, andÂ life-sustaining carbon dioxide.
Said another student, â€œI view it favorably,â€ while yet another added, â€œItâ€™s definitely a great idea.â€
But is it? After Phillips began revealing portions of the Green New Deal and, specifically, what their lives would actually be like if it ever passed, students quickly became skeptical.
For instance, in addition to the â€œno more airplanes allowedâ€ provision, the Green New Deal its packed â€œwith specific provisions that urge a series of truly immense political, economic, and cultural changes to fundamentally remake the United States,â€ theÂ National ReviewÂ reported.Â
The plan calls for 10-year â€œnational mobilizationâ€ to achieve â€œnet zeroâ€ emissions but also ensure that there is â€œeconomic security for all people of the United States.â€ To get there weâ€™ll have to ensure thatÂ 100 percentÂ of our power demands come â€œthrough clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources.â€
Other radical aspects of the plan include a complete overhaul of all transportation systems, free college for all, guaranteed wages, universal healthcare, guaranteed family/medical leave, and a host of other â€˜freebiesâ€™ â€” all of which will cost trillions and trillionsâ€¦and trillionsâ€¦of dollars America will never have.
All of this was too much for the U of Miami students.Â
â€œIt doesnâ€™t sound like something I would be behind,â€ one student admitted after hearing all the details. Another added, â€œSometimes you need to take extreme measures to save the environment, but I think this is too extreme.â€
Said another: â€œI think thatâ€™s drastic.â€Â
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