Evening Edition - February 8

February 8, 2019 |

Yesterday, the world finally got its first look at the grandiose “Green New Deal” plan to transform America by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her “Democratic” Socialist cohorts.  Not since the Titanic set sail from England to the US on its ill-fated maiden voyage in 1912 has such a massive project arrived with so much fawning media coverage, only to sink so quickly and ignominiously due to its creators’ hubris, arrogance and incompetence. 

The titanic egos of all involved crashed into the iceberg of reality the second the world got a gander at what they actually want to do.  The widespread reaction – a combination of shock, disbelief and uncontrolled laughter – so spooked the GND’s backers that within hours, it disappeared from AOC’s website (but don’t worry: the Internet is forever, so there will always be copies around for future historians and anyone who needs a good belly laugh.)

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The “Green New Deal” is so ridiculously utopian, so utterly devoid of even the slightest consideration of feasibility or affordability, and seems to be such a product of an undergraduate all-night bull session that you’d suspect its creators already started trying to conserve water by drinking their bong water.  Here are just a few of the hilarious highlights:

Rebuild or replace every building in America to make them all energy-efficient (there are about 75 million single family homes in the US and 5.6 million commercial buildings, so if you thought it was hard to get a contractor now…)   Replace airplanes with high-speed trains (good luck, Hawaiians!)  Eliminate all fossil fuels and nuclear power (eliminating clean nuclear plants would actually increase CO2 emissions, but I guess they watched “The Simpsons” while stoned and got scared).  Replace 99% of gas-powered cars with electric cars, which I suppose would be powered by plugging them into outlets connected to windmills.  How to pay for all this?  No problem-o: AOC explains that the Federal Reserve would extend credit (i.e., print money) to a chain of new public banks that would loan people money to rebuild all their structures – effectively making the government everyone’s mortgage holder and therefore, the owner of all homes and businesses in the USA.  A socialist utopia at last!   


I didn’t even mention the little socialist extras tossed in, like high-quality health care for all, universal access to healthy food, guaranteed government jobs and a guaranteed income to everyone who can’t work or “isn’t willing to work.”  Or the planners’ admission that they aren’t certain yet how to eliminate cow farts in 10 years.  Perhaps they could just replace all the cows with herds of unicorns that poop cotton candy. 

Kimberley Strassel of the Wall Street Journal summed it up well, saying that by the end, she was laughing so hard, she nearly cried; and that if Republicans wanted to forge a fake Democratic bill to show how bonkers the party had become, they couldn’t have done a better job.


…Although blogger Jim Treacher took a pretty hilarious stab at it:


Still, there’s no better fodder for comedy than the real thing:


While mainstream Democrats went into radio silence, Republicans rejoiced at this unforced error.  Axios reporter Jonathan Swan said the “Green New Deal” was “like Christmas and Hanukkah and every other holiday” arriving at once for the Trump reelection campaign.  He said they’d talk about it with glee until the cows come home (if we still have cows by 2020.) 


The bill’s backers tried to dismiss objections by saying that skeptics also said it would be too hard to build the Interstate Highway system.  Two problems: this makes the Interstate Highway system look like a Hot Wheels track.  Plus, we were able to build that because back then, ironically, we didn’t have a bunch of green warriors and EPA bureaucrats protesting and demanding 20 years’ worth of environmental impact studies.  Even Obama admitted that he discovered there were no “shovel-ready jobs” – because it now takes millions of dollars’ worth of time-wasting red tape before you can even buy a shovel.

To give you an idea of just how absurd and impossible the GND plan is, they want to replace all air travel routes between all US cities with high-speed rail.  In 2008, the pioneering leftist utopians (they should be called “Dreamers” instead of the DACA recipients) in California voted to build a high-speed rail line connecting the north, south and the Central Valley, at a cost of $39 billion. 

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Eleven years later, it’s given a whole new meaning to the phrase, “going nowhere fast.”  After endless problems and delays, it’s been scaled back to a line between just two cities, L.A. and San Francisco, and is still nowhere near complete. The budget has ballooned to $100 billion and is likely to go even higher, considering the earliest it’s now projected to be finished is 2033.  America put a man on the moon in less than 10 years.  Liberals can’t even build a train between two cities in the same state in less than 25 years.  And they think they’re going to connect every city in America by high speed rail within 10 years?  Are they high on speed?!

Besides, if they end all air travel, how will environmentalists get to their climate change conferences at five-star resorts in Switzerland?

For those who want more details (or laughter), David Harsanyi at The Federalist provides even more on this socialist (crack) pipe dream:




But while it’s fun to guffaw at the childish idiocy of this plan, we need to try to keep a straight face and take some aspects of it seriously.  Remember, this massive plan that would destroy our way of life, kill our economy, crush our freedom and end America as we know and love it is what many miseducated young people really want. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez might be far more qualified to be a “Not Ready for Prime Time Player” on “Saturday Night Live” than a Congress member, but enough people actually voted for her to put her into power, and a number of her colleagues backed this boondoggle (although after actually seeing it, some of them are running away from it like scalded cats.)  As enjoyable as it is to ridicule it, we also must make it clear to its young and naïve supporters why this is a perfect example of something they only think they want until they get it, then they’ll instantly regret it.  It’s the face tattoo of government policies.  

We should also feel grateful and relieved that this week might go down in history as the week that the air went out of the balloon of the great dream of turning American socialist.  President Trump poked the first pin in it during his State of the Union Address, when he looked his opponents in the eye, forcefully declared that America was founded on liberty and would never be socialist, and forced many of them to stand up and applaud that statement (those who didn’t looked like wayward teenagers being scolded by their dad.)

Then, only two days later, after snarking that Trump was just “scared” of their brilliant socialist plans, the kids showed us their “great leap forward.”  Americans dissolved into laughter, and the plan’s humiliated creators quickly yanked it from the Internet.  Let’s pray that the damage is permanent and irreparable. 

Okay, kids, you’ve finally seen what socialism looks like in action.  Do you really want to go through with getting that plan tattooed on your face now? 



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While some people seem to think they can remake all of America into a socialist utopia, the Panera bakery chain just demonstrated that you can’t even run a socialist sandwich shop successfully.

A few years ago, they launched a high-minded plan for a chain of restaurants called “Panera Cares.”  They would help address that “food accessibility” issue by offering a “pay what you can” menu.  Instead of prices, there were donation “suggestions.”  Richer people could give more if they wanted, while the needier could give less, or even eat for free.  From each according to his needs, to each according to his abilities.  Sounds like a winning business plan! 

Surprisingly, it has not worked out well.  So many people were coming in to eat for free every day, they had to start limiting the free meals to one a week (so socialism leads to rationing; who could’ve predicted it?)  They also suggested that people who want extra free meals might work for them.  Not much interest there.  Neighbors complained that the stores were magnets for homeless people, who would swarm in for the free food, throw their trash everywhere and crash local property values (those capitalist pigs!)  Eventually, when even rationing didn’t offset the losses, the costs became unsustainable.  The last Panera Cares just closed its doors in Boston. 

It all goes to prove that you can’t run a country – or even a bakery – on a half-baked idea like socialism.





2019 Social Media “Terms of Service”:

1. Calling for violence against Catholic schoolboys over false allegation: “Free speech.”

2. Posting accurate information with evidence about a Democratic politician:  “Bullying and harassment!”





Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts appears to be trying to take over the “swinging gate” seat vacated by Anthony Kennedy.  Just three years ago, the SCOTUS struck down a Texas law requiring abortion clinics to have hospital admitting privileges so they can get patients care quickly in case of emergencies.  Roberts joined the conservative dissenters in that case.  But this week, he voted with the liberals in a 5-4 decision to put a temporary hold on a very similar law in Louisiana (Trump appointees Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh both voted with the conservatives to allow the law to remain in effect pending a ruling.)   

The Court didn’t explain the decision, and they’ve yet to issue a final ruling on the law.  At that time, we’ll discover whether Roberts merely had some technical reason to delay okaying the state law and he still holds the same view of abortion laws that he did in 2016, or whether he’s “evolved” on this issue – that’s the approving term that the media use when a conservative Justice turns liberal. 





If anyone asked you what California really needs, I’ll bet the first answer that came to mind wouldn’t be “over a thousand new pointless laws.”  But that’s what it’s getting. 





Update on President Trump’s Attorney General nominee William Barr: The Senate Judiciary Committee approved him along party lines (after a failed attempt by Democrats to handcuff and neuter him, a la Jeff Sessions).  His nomination now moves to the full Senate, where he’s expected to be approved by the Republican majority, amid much expected huffing and puffing from the left side of the aisle and a pious, disapproving lecture by Chuck Schumer with his glasses on the end of his nose.  This is starting to feel like a bad play that we’ve all had to sit through too many times.




The Labor Department reports that weekly applications for jobless aid fell sharply last week by 19,000 to a very low 234,000.  It shows that the economy is strong and the job market so tight that employers are trying to hang on to workers so they won’t leave to take a better job elsewhere. 

I’m sure I speak for the mainstream media when I say, “Thanks, Obama!”






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  • robert wells

    02/08/2019 08:07 PM

    I read your commentaries with great enthusiasm and interest because we both are Christian conservatives who know right from wrong. The recent ignorance displayed by AOC and other democrats on their ill thought-out socialist programs demonstrates where our education system has gone. Since the mid-80s progressive professors on college campuses and teachers in our public schools have been pushing socialism and degrading American history and founding ideals. This has all been orchestrated by the progressives in our government and education system. For years I have been speaking out against the brainwashing on college campuses and public schools to no avail. I had hoped President Trump would address this issue but nothing has happened to reduce the ignorance of fact that faces our impressionable youth. Just look at how the 18-34 year olds have been brainwashed by marxists ideology. AOC is a prime example of the ignorance of our youth. Free thinking people such as you and others must continue pointing out how stupid the future generations are because of their inability to think for themselves.

  • leelionel E. Fannin

    02/08/2019 08:01 PM

    The" Green thing" completely ignores the US Air Force ability to defend our country and our space programs, exploration and new satellites. No fossil fuels no capability.

  • Anne Turner

    02/08/2019 07:55 PM

    I was not going to write again. If you do, indeed, actually have time to read all the comments I must have bored you to tears already, but this young silly woman is just too good to be true. I haven’t had such a good laugh in a long time. She must have slept through economics or had a very mentally deficient prof. I suspect, in her upper middle class home, where I am sure she was told repeatedly how smart and beautiful she is, she did not have to concern herself with where the meals or clothes came from. She was always warm or cool, bought designer shoes made of leather and enjoyed that steak now and then.

    I do know how the green people will get to their Swiss Chalets for meetings: they will need to go by boat, but it will take them awhile, but they will be in really good shape when they get there. Thy could not have steam or electric boats as that would require oil or coal. The cannot have nuclear, heaven forbid. It would take far too many, and much to heavy solar panels. So these would be under sail. If the wind died down Ms. Cortez and , Mr. Gore and their friends would chained in the galleys rowing. I guess even God needs all laugh now and then. He must be enjoying Himself Mightily.

  • Linda Hebert

    02/08/2019 07:48 PM

    Nikki Haley, You go girl! Pelosi has absolutely crossed the bridge of no return!
    “The American people have spoken and demanded bold action to take on the climate crisis, which is the existential threat of our time,” Pelosi said in a statement."
    February 8th 2019, "The Day the Democratic party imploded! " Today, Nancy P. is officially "her own god" who has "appointed a committee of nine" to seize the moment and resolve existential threats! LOL,LOL,LOL uncontrollable laughter! That poor old woman and her skirt tail rider C. Schumer, are hopelessly lost in their own fog..

  • Lawrence E. Foster

    02/08/2019 07:45 PM

    Ref AOC and her "green new deal". About five or six years ago, the National Institutes of Health wrote a report warning of the dangers to adult cognitive capabilities from regular use of cannabis during adolescence. The original poster child - Barrack Obama - has been overthrown, and AOC is the new queen of fuzzy thinking.

  • Alan P Gross

    02/08/2019 07:14 PM

    Aww Mike, I think you were a little, uncharacteristically harsh with AOC. Whatever will happen to her when her bubble bumps into the iceberg of real life and the poor dear's fantasy world bursts? It will be worse than when she learned that Santa isn't real. Oh... she hasn't discovered that yet. Poor girl.

  • Chuck Walter

    02/08/2019 07:04 PM

    Alexandria O-Cortez is extremely ill informed and lacks the ability to think things thru prior to talking. That also applies to those who voted her in.

  • Marian Ferrell

    02/08/2019 07:03 PM

    I always enjoy reading your commentary, Mike, but today's was exceptional. It contained truth and humor, a rare combination these days. Keep up the great work.

  • Stephen H. Thomas

    02/08/2019 07:01 PM

    Re: AOC... thanks for the chuckles again, BUT, there was one point that was not totally accurate.
    "we were able to build that because back then, ironically, we didn’t have a bunch of green warriors and EPA bureaucrats protesting and demanding 20 years’ worth of environmental impact studies"
    I live in Jackson County, Mississippi. Interstate 10... almost... did not get built here because of the concessions that had to be made to the environmentalists at the time. We "old timers" still laugh about that because this little "endangered" creature known as the sandhill crane was in the path of I-10. It is an ignominious little creature and not very pretty to look at; if you ever see one. I don't think they even exist, but, there's enough Fed protection to ride herd on the square miles of habitat along I-10 that was required to assuage the environmentalists' delicate sensibilities.
    Annually, the protectors of the cranes burn off huge swaths of the piney undergrowth and I assume all the little cranes are running for their lives. What did those birds do before the Feds arrived to burn down the woods? Key word here... "before the Feds."
    The interstate was finally built Our bit of highway was the last remaining portion to be built all the way from LA to Jacksonville, Fl.
    I'm just glad the environmentalists did not hear about "The Pascagoula Squirrel."

    Regarding the trains...
    I think one of the big mistakes that was made in building the interstate system was not laying railroad tracks along all the major routes as the system was being built. It would have been a relatively inexpensive addition and a lot of small transport companies could have grown out of that. At the time, the big push was for air transportation because rail was last century's tech.

  • leemarZarr

    02/08/2019 06:54 PM

    Humans produce on average about LITER (1.0576 quarts), of methane a day by flatulence (14 times a day on average). http://www.heptune.com/farts.html There are an estimate of only 1.3 Billion cows on the planet https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/how-many-cows-are-there-in-the-world.html There is an estimated 7.715 billion humans on earth ( 2/3 are child bearing years) or approx. 5.142 Billion) or approx. 5 X the number of cows that produce, However “Most methane emissions come, directly or indirectly, from humans. Some methane is natural — it’s released by decaying vegetation and by the bacteria in wetlands and swamps. But most sources of methane are of human origin — https://ideas.ted.com/methane-isnt-just-cow-farts-its-also-cow-burps-and-other-weird-facts-you-didnt-know-about-this-potent-greenhouse-gas/ So, I have the perfect solution the “Smart Fart Meter” (SFM), being of and in more technical PC terms the Flatulence meter. This is a state of the art digital wireless gas meter that monitors and reports the amount of flatulence (methane and green house gases), you produce every day and sends that data wirelessly to the NFB (National Flatulence Bureau ) which keeps details records on your monthly “expelments,” and sends you a “green (house gas) bill.” To save paper this bill can be paperless over the Internet and combined with the “rain tax bill” as well.
    Think of the manufacturing jobs, the data entry jobs, the “gas” customer service jobs and the gas enforcement/investigations and fraudulent flatulence jobs this new technology will produce having the general populace, politicians, cows, pigs, goats, sheep, power plants, oil rigs, and every tail pipe of every vehicle is fitted with its own individualized custom made flatulence/methane plug and SFM reporting to the NFB. Gosh I can just see it now “Finally people have to start paying for all that stinky hot air that they are emitting!” Of course the draw-back is some will be expelling a LOT more pompous gas than others…BUT at least they will be paying their fair share in the GREEN DREAM SCHEME!

  • donald williams

    02/08/2019 06:44 PM

    WHY! dosent voters recall Alexandria Ocasio-cortez. Its quite clear she is all screwed up in her head, and how in world she could get elect.. sure bothers me too see fools in high office like her. she just don't have commend sense...

  • Terry A Honnold

    02/08/2019 06:36 PM

    Thank you for spending the TIME and effort to provide a great news service. I'm very proud for you and your family, and I enjoy your books starting (for me) with Quit Digging Your Grave... Thanks

    AND what are we to do with our young people who are NOT learning history, math, government, religion, etc... and the majority of which favor socialism over capitalism? This is a parenting and an educating situation... sad... Of course I'm not talking about MY children ~ ALL entrepreneurs... and their children...

  • Mark Mittelstaedt

    02/08/2019 06:06 PM

    Please look into Thorium-based nuclear power. It's ...clean ! Google " Thorium fuel cycle ". America has a 4000 year supply - and we haven't even been looking ;-} I have no financial interest in Thorium; it would just be cool to have clean nukes !

  • Stephen Russell

    02/08/2019 06:03 PM

    No to Unionized Jobs.
    No to much of other plans.
    & Hello need planes to X oceans IE US to Japan.
    & No mention of Thorium reactors etc forpower.
    No input given or Open to ideas.
    90% as IS Cant be done?
    Unless Open to Public& ideas,
    Dump GND.
    Hell in CA we dont have enough Commercial EV chargers for state alone.,
    & CA wants to adopt GND??
    CA is Anti Business.