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!   

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/not-joking-ocasio-cortez-wants-upgrade-replace-every-single-building-us/

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.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/wsj-writer-slams-ocasio-cortezs-green-new-deal-says-it-looks-like-dem-parody-bill-written-by-gop

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

https://pjmedia.com/trending/its-time-for-a-new-green-new-deal/

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

https://pjmedia.com/trending/the-6-most-bizarre-proposals-from-alexandria-ocasio-cortezs-green-new-deal/

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.) 

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/the-green-new-deal-is-like-christmas-and-hanukkah-for-the-trump-campaign-jonathan-swan

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:

http://thefederalist.com/2019/02/07/ten-most-insane-requirements-green-new-deal/

 

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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.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/panera-bread-tries-socialist/

 

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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!”

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/instagram-gop-nat-spokeswoman/

 

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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. 

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/roberts-joins-supreme-courts-liberal-wing-in-striking-down-louisiana-abortion-law

 

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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. 

https://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/428328-welcome-to-california-land-of-1000-laws-and-thats-just-this-year

 

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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.

https://www.westernjournal.com/senate-panel-approves-attorney-general-nominee-william-barr/

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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!”

https://www.westernjournal.com/ap-applications-for-us-jobless-aid-fell-to-low-level-of-234000/

 

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  • Amelia Little

    02/10/2019 01:54 PM

    It sounds like ocasio obtained her degree in economics from a college that is far left wing, or that perhaps she didn't pay attention in class--if she attended class. As for "healthy food" for all, I am reminded of an experiment I did. Instead of buying chips and other junk-like food because it was "cheaper" I bought fruit and veggies, meat (shh, don't tell anyone) and, while my ticket may have cost more, it was at least as cheap in the long run. That could be because the healthier foods actually filled me up, I didn't need a whole bag of oranges like I did chips. When I was growing up, we were certainly lower income (with 7 kids) but we ate real food, no snacking (we didn't need snacks with healthy foods.) Maybe there should be classes on this kind of thing.

    As for the airplane travel. Now, would getting rid of all planes include those for people like al gore, ocasio, all the politicians who jet around the country? Are trains and buses going to run on electricity? (Wonder what the production cost of that would be!) Is it going to take longer to get anywhere because they have to take time to charge after so many miles? Or, if they run as they do now--isn't there going to have to be a big increase in the number of buses and trains--and wouldn't that pretty much take over the emission output of planes?

    I'm not an economics major--but, hmmm, maybe I can just print my own money when I run out. Although that hasn't worked out so well for the counterfeiters so far.

  • Leonard Lugo

    02/10/2019 06:45 AM

    Well, a Kennedy, think it was, that bonehead during dictator Obama era, was the "swinging vote" on Obamacare & so called, legalization of Sodomy! Sin!Seems to me he somehow got threatened,blackmailed, as he's smart, has some Bible knowledge, yet, had to reword obamacare etc. My,point is,something had to "push him" to do those wicked descisions (devil,hum??) bringing God's Judgment

  • Roland Revis

    02/09/2019 06:34 PM

    Mike you're a logical person with a bent toward Faith; although I really regret it and feel sad about you and others who quit the church to go politicial or take a secular job. Don't leave Christ behind, I'm reminded of what God told Ezekiel in Ezekiel ch 22. "I sought for a man and found none". Anyways do you really trust this guy Barr for Attorney General? and what about the present FBI director? What a shame he has become along with Judge Roberts. I love you man! Keep on keeping on!

    Roland Revis

  • Wayne P Hilchen

    02/09/2019 01:49 PM

    Your comments on the new Green Deal are the best writing I've seen from you and I read your column everyday. Keep up the good work.

  • Tommie Houser

    02/09/2019 11:52 AM

    Thanks so much for your hard work. The childish idiotic GND is another tragic
    Example of Democrats efforts to destroy America. Similarly The Democratic lack of positive applause at POTUS State of the Union for achievements such as the lowest unemployment rates noted. Their greatest applause was at Their Women NOW
    In positions of POWER. Female Gender can be even more corrupt than Male and I was not impressed . Corrupt Pelosi, Felame Somalian, Female Muslim , Nor AOC’s presence ; should be of concern to all that Values America and wish our Nationalism And HOPE , for MAGA. Oh, that’s right ! They stand for Socialism and destruction,
    State of Lawlessness, Drugs and open borders.
    Will someone please show a chronological of Democrats corruption . A picture is worth a thousand words. Was DACUA unconstitutionally done by Obama? IRS
    Tareting American Republicans ? Fast and Furious ? Military troops deaths and
    Bengasis lies about the deaths there resulting due to the Administrations Politics.
    EVERY AMERICAN should realize the facts support strongly that fro Democrats
    Their POWER and Control takes Priority over any individual, as Example , Sanctuary Cities And Open Borders, Drugs and State of Lawlessness.
    To my knowledge Presidents Trumps Tone has never killed anyone ! God save us !

  • Vernon Hinz

    02/09/2019 11:00 AM

    I want to make a comment about these so called green people They are all a bunch of educated, uneducated idiots. They have no idea what they are advocating, I will give you one example. I have a grandson living in Iowa, They drive 35 + miles to work, he has a Tesla car This winter it got down to -40 degrees. This car had to stay home and they drove his truck to work. Why? the battery would bleed out and not hold up to the cold. It drains down because of the heater and every thing is drawing from it plus cold weather is hard on batteries on all vehicles. when you consider everything these people are pushing for, well it just goes to show how stupid they really are

  • Jerome Clark

    02/09/2019 05:21 AM

    Gov. Huckabee, I'm a loyal reader of your online colume and can honestly say that I agree with you almost 100% of the time.
    Not because you say what I want to hear but because it's truth backed up with FACTS! No matter how bleak things may seem
    at times, I've always believed that truth and good will always prevail. The election of President Trump is an excellent example.
    It mystifies me how any intelligent educated person can be gullible enough to be sucked into this far left whirlpool. I guess there's a
    sucker born every minute! Keep up the good truth and take care.

  • Michael Hutch

    02/09/2019 04:28 AM

    AOC. You know, had they labeled the GND as " Our Dream for the 21st Century" she may have gotten some traction. But a 10 year goal puts this line for toilet paper

  • Carl Smith

    02/09/2019 02:06 AM

    Been reading commentary since noon today and this is the BEST of the day.
    FYI did a search today looking for a definition of Chuckles Schumer you might enjoy https://findwords.info/schumer. It appears that in Low German Schumer is " Good for Nothing or Vagabond"

  • Ruth Ashton

    02/09/2019 01:26 AM

    I am at a lost when I listen to or read anything this woman, AOC, has to say. She is helplessly ignorant and every time she speaks, she proves my point even more. Heaven help us until she is kicked out or voted out of office.

  • Bruce Vanderhoef

    02/08/2019 11:50 PM

    Regarding the Panera Cares, the quote is actually "From each according to their abilities, to each according to their needs," not the other way around........ which wouldn't work either!

  • Steve Hillenberg

    02/08/2019 11:49 PM

    I second (or third) the suggestion to pursue thorium reactors.

  • Sister Donna Brendle-Parrish

    02/08/2019 11:44 PM

    Oooh laudy laudy...first two paragraphs on the green deal AND lil-unknowledged-aoc...had us rolling with lol lol lol!!!
    ????????????????????...and keep us informed!

    Glad you behind Trump...for we chose you first!???????

  • Nancy Davies

    02/08/2019 11:35 PM

    I just have to tell you about a segment on our Channel 2 Fox News morning program two days ago. With all the hubbub in reporting about the Virginia black face pictures, they had a young black man performing a Mime number . . . In white face and gloves, no less! I found it rather amusing they had him on and reporting the two white dudes who did black face.*

  • Rafael A Salaz

    02/08/2019 11:13 PM

    The Republicans need to get tough and bond together and Get Mad Dog Mad , to stop the Democrats from calling all the shots. It’s gotten so the Democrats think they got elected to lead the United States . Some how the President should get his authority back , like it was years ago . The President years ago , was the one you went too if nothing else could solve the problem period.

  • Suzanne Johnson

    02/08/2019 10:21 PM

    I believe we will have worldwide peace, prosperity, and a perfect environment. It will happen when Jesus comes again and makes it happen.

  • Arlene Hurley

    02/08/2019 09:58 PM

    Hi Mike,well I think that Most of the dems are becoming unbalanced. I actually fear them being elected into power. They are like little children playing a game with our lives. SAD

  • Darrin Berry

    02/08/2019 09:54 PM

    Where’s the reader. I need intell not ad city.

  • Mona Lisa Killion

    02/08/2019 09:40 PM

    About the Green New Deal and replacing every structure in America, my guess is that all of the old construction debris will fit nicely into a corner of America no one needs but will rival the Himalayas in sheer height, made into the most beautiful landscape ever. Count me in for the GND. Nah, they’ll just shove all of it into the ocean and make the idea that the oceans are rising, a reality.

  • Bernadette Kathleen Dillon

    02/08/2019 09:40 PM

    Thank you for the laughter! I hope she crawls back into the hole she crawled out of. Ocosi has no idea of what a Congressman is.
    Hugs and God Bless you and your family!

  • Scott Bentivegna

    02/08/2019 09:23 PM

    As much as we conservatives love to criticize AOC for all her obvious idiocy, she did win her election 78% to 13% over her Republican rival. Every barb launched at AOC, we need to launch 6X the criticism against the Republican party in that NY district for putting up the only person in America who couldn't win against AOC. How many other county Republican committees are putting up inept or RINO contenders against idiot Dems?

  • Alan P Gross

    02/08/2019 09:06 PM

    This world is not my home, I'm just a passing through. My treasures are laid up, somewhere beyond the blue. The angels beckon me from heavens open door, and I can't feel at home in this world anymore.

  • Bonnie Jean Fulcher

    02/08/2019 09:02 PM

    You are spot on with your commentary on AOC and her new deal socialist utopian proposals.
    She is a joke. I cannot believe she was elected. She really needs to go back to elementary school,
    because I knew more history and math than she does when I was in 4th grade.

  • Patricia Marseglia

    02/08/2019 08:19 PM

    Ugh. Dominion Electric in Va. contracted non competitively with a danish co for a high risk wind turbine project total cost $1.8 billion!!!!!!!’ As I recall they located 2 turbines near the water and they need replacing too fast; this will up the costs. Supposed to provide energy for 500,000 homes. Buy candles now.

  • Bill Fletcher

    02/08/2019 08:11 PM

    I think that young lady is smoking too many of those funny cigarettes!