Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can smell blood in the water (well, maybe not blood, but he smells something floating in there), so he plans to give the Democrats exactly what their most strident leftwing base wants: a vote on the so-called “Green New Deal.”
Since so many Democratic Congress members and presidential hopefuls have voiced support for it, he wants to give them the opportunity to go on record as voting for this massive wad of socialist wealth redistribution, crushing debt, government takeover of every aspect of life, scientifically and logistically impossible fantasies, and extermination of flatulent cows.
Is it a dirty trick? Only if you consider it unfair to expect your opponents to actually stand behind their own legislation, the way President Trump fights for the things he promised, like a border wall and new trade deals, despite negative press and political consequences.
But Sen. Ed Markey (one of the bill’s co-creators along with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) is outraged. He seems to think that allowing the Senate to vote on a bill he proposed is a dirty rotten trick. He tweeted, “Don’t let Mitch McConnell fool you: this is nothing but an attempt to sabotage the movement we are building. He wants to silence your voice so Republicans don’t have to explain why they are climate change deniers. McConnell wants this to be the end, this is just the beginning.”
(As an aside: I don’t know anyone who is a “climate denier,” a ludicrous term invented by people who hope to silence legitimate questions about hyperbolic environmental claims by tarring questioners with the onus of Holocaust deniers. Everyone agrees that there is a climate, and it’s constantly changing. The debate is over how much of current change is due to human influence, whether it’s as apocalyptic as the “climate exaggerators” claim, whether the potential gains they claim would be achieved are worth the pain imposing them would inflict, and other serious issues that won’t fit on a bumper sticker. Finally, you should know that anyone who declares, “The science is settled and can never be questioned!” just admitted he has no idea how the scientific method works. There, Senator, I just explained my position. Now explain yours.)
Markey is 72, so he doesn’t even have AOC’s excuse of being young and naïve for believing that all problems can be solved if only the government were all-powerful and had its money printing presses running 24/7. Why even propose a bill or resolution if you think that voting on it would amount to “sabotage”? Frankly, I can’t think of any better way to sabotage the growing “green” movement than to bring forth this piece of patent lunacy that was so laughable, it had to be yanked off the Internet within hours (you silenced your own voice so you didn’t have to explain why you’re a reality-denier.)
I think you don’t want a vote on it because you know that your colleagues will say they back it, but they aren’t dumb enough to actually put that down on the Congressional Record.
Not when even someone as far-left as California Gov. Gavin Newsom just threw in the towel on the feasibility of connecting just two cities with high speed rail by 2033, and you’re calling for replacing air travel by connecting every city in America by high-speed rail within 10 years.
…Or when union leaders are warning that it will make it impossible for working Americans to put food on the table (certainly not beef – maybe “Green New Deal” means we’ll all have to eat nothing but kale salads. I’m amazed that they forgot to include that.)…
Even New York Times writer David Brooks blasted the “Green New Deal” as the latest in a long string of elitist schemes dating back to the 1880s, to try to remake society by force through vast, centralized government power, and all of them have been massive failures…
Give Mr. Brooks credit for the best observation of the day about the arrogance of the “Green New Deal’s” creators: They “assume that technocratic planners can master the movements of 328 million Americans and design a transportation system so that ‘air travel stops becoming necessary.’ (This is from people who couldn’t even organize the successful release of their own background document.)”