The "Green New Deal"

February 9, 2019 |

This week, 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.)

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:

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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:

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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. 

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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  • Linda Orf

    02/09/2019 11:36 PM

    Of course they (on the left) see this as an ideal situation. I’m not sure any of them who swallow this hook line and sinker have the ability to see and reason clearly. They believe in global warming in their innermost beings that they cannot see clearly beyond the lies they believe. Imagine if we all believed the world was going to end in 12 years and none of us had hope in Jesus? We’d be putting all our faith and hope in the unrealistic utopian saving dream too. This inspires me to pray all the more that The Holy Spirit convinces them sooner rather than later.

  • Donna Zaner

    02/09/2019 11:35 PM

    Great job

  • Phillip Stocks

    02/09/2019 10:54 PM

    Green power?
    No more aircraft for travel?
    Nancy Pelosi is screwed.
    Maybe she can use a glider to get from DC to California.
    That trip to Europe?
    Maybe she can use a solar powered ship?
    Three weeks each way?
    Gonna take a lot more booze!!!

  • Vicky Rose

    02/09/2019 10:32 PM

    The scary side of all this is that people actually voted Ocasio in. Is it possible and I hope so, that there was fraudulent voting involved and that people at large wouldn't really have voted for her.

  • Donna Yates

    02/09/2019 09:42 PM

    All of the Democrat Socialists went to the land of Oz to see the Wizard because he said he was giving out brains. They thought he said trains and AOC said they'd all take the shortest ones.
    They're like rats that followed the Pied Piper.

  • Samuel Smith

    02/09/2019 09:34 PM

    In 1516 Sir Thomas More wrote the first 'Utopia'. He coined the word 'utopia' from the Greek ou-topos meaning 'no place' or 'nowhere'. But this was a pun-the almost identical Greek word eu-topos means a good place. So at the very heart of the word is a vital question: can a perfect world ever be realised? (The British Library) Plus how long do you think it might last as rulers come and go? For me there is only one perfect and everlasting place and that is "HEAVEN"!

  • Nick Tomi

    02/09/2019 08:58 PM

    Read it. Thanks. Now if only the lame brains would read and understand it. This whole Democrat/socialist crap is so out of sync with the direction our great country was headed since its inception and is supposed to be headed that it's definitely laughable and but mostly frightening.

  • Ann Ault

    02/09/2019 07:25 PM

    how in the world did this looney get elected.

  • Heidi Ormsbee

    02/09/2019 07:19 PM

    I really enjoy your humorous commentary. This was a great article and I hope more people will read it so that they know what the Green deal is about.

  • Hadassah

    02/09/2019 06:37 PM

    You are a hero Mr. Huckabee!! As soon as I can quit rolling on the floor laughing I will say THANK YOU!!! Thank you for bringing sanity to a very scary situation.

  • Ann Ault

    02/09/2019 06:32 PM

    Udderly BRILLIANT, Governor!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Pat

    02/09/2019 05:51 PM

    I call her a dangerous idiot. I have to wonder if she uses all her dumb comments to put herself out there and get well know, which she has done. She could not have done it by acting like she had a brain. So now she is on several committee's on social media and TV everywhere. And she is getting a lot of dummies and idiots to follow her. Even Geraldo, altho he never was too smart. I for the most part have stopped forwarding her crap, unless it really is super funny, I just don't want to help her get 'out there'. She may well know what she is doing. If she doesn't have Soro's backing yet, she soon will. She will make a good puppet. Wonder if she is willing to give up 90 percent of her income now?

  • Phil

    02/09/2019 05:46 PM

    You may be laughing (it is crazy funny) but I think this is really frightening. To think that a) someone actually put this together and believes in it. b) there are people out there who support this. c) we have elected officials (like Bernie Sanders) who are successfully selling this snake oil to our kids is reason for serious concern. We have thousands of liberal indoctrination centers (colleges and universities) who are teaching this stuff, and we pay for our kids and grandkids to go there! We need to wake up before they take over the country, (or is it to late?....)

  • Emily Ledford

    02/09/2019 05:19 PM

    How will they ever be able to build high speed rail across America when the liberals say the ranchers on the southern border should not, and would not, allow their land to be taken over by the government? I think AOC needs to loosen the bun on hope of her head. She must not be getting blood flow to the brain.

  • John R Wardlaw

    02/09/2019 05:09 PM

    Babylon Bee couldn't have done a better job.

  • Bishop Ed Skiba

    02/09/2019 04:27 PM

    But Governor... what do you REALLY think??? BTW...thanks for Sarah! God bless.

  • Joseph

    02/09/2019 04:02 PM

    They need to change the name of their party from democratic Socialist Party to the Party of Ludicrousness. Cortez is a complete brain dead zombie and so must the people who voted for her unless they were all illegals and at least they as foreigners have some excuse.

  • Kathleen Dry

    02/09/2019 03:08 PM

    Governor, you do have a way with words. I always enjoy reading your articles and enjoy your tv show. Your daughter has inheritated your gift of words and I enjoy seeing her make mincemeat out of the obnoxious mainstream media. I haven’t enjoyed a presidential season as much as I am enjoying the Trump presidency since President Reagan was in office! It is about time the republicans fight back! Thanks for you, your daughter and President Trump for making my life more joyful.

  • Ray Dillon

    02/09/2019 02:49 PM

    As usual the liberals are long on fluff but woefully short of substance. Since the early 1970's scientists have been looking for the holy grail of energy creation to replace fossil fuels. Initially nuclear power was touted as the be-all, end-all for generating electricity. Thanks to a host of mistakes, miscalculations and out right propaganda it too is being demonized along with "clean" coal. Along came solar and wind energy, equally long on promise and short on delivery. So far science is unable to create solar panels that are efficient enough and don't require hundreds if not thousands to generate sufficient electricity to power even the smallest community of homes. Never mind that ability to store the solar created electricity is still a major stumbling block. Anyone who has researched adding solar (or wind) to their home discovers that besides the unsightly panels, you need a transfer switching ability to moderate between your solar and commercially provided power. Also required are batteries to store electricity for those inconvenient times that the sun doesn't shine (aka nighttime). As the growing selection of electric or hybrid vehicles demonstrates, our scientists are making progress. I personally think it's great that electrical vehicles are becoming more common. As they do, prices will go down and availability for charging them will increase. The problem I have with the new green stuff is that their thinking ignores the realities of the market place and human nature. Not to mention glossing over the massive confiscation of private industry and wealth that would be required to even remotely begin to support their agenda. Hey, it's ok to dream! But before you start writing checks with other peoples money, property and lives you better have actual working solutions, not just big ideas.

  • rodney burke

    02/09/2019 02:38 PM

    yes, Mike, time to be VERY snarky. What we need to do is take this plan and throw it in the face of EVERY dems candidate for Prez...repeatedly! First of all these morons don't know who many solar panels and windmills will it take to replace the power plants we have now? And farting cows? Is this all they got? really. Oh! on the Bongino show they determined from a source that it would take covering CA and TX with solar panels to compensate for the power required. A big question on Rail? When we we put all that new track? Oh and she wants to tear down all the buildings in the US and rebuild in 10 years. So someone calculated we would have to rebuild 31,000 buildings a DAY for 10 years to accomplish this. Of course they didn't mention the cost! Not only to rebuild but to tear down and remove all the rubble. And of course, where are the occupants of said buildings gonna go while their building is being rebuilt? Oh! classic. In MA they but up some wind turbines out on the bay, partially funded by citizens and partially grant funds. The turbines were causing massive headaches from the noise and the citizens had them taken down. Guess who is likely to pay for that? CITIZENS! Another thing, if everything is electrical, where is all the wire gonna be? above ground, underground? where? Do we have enough copper etc to MAKE all that wire?

    And I just thought of something. What about boats? What about LARGE boats? What about the Navy, the Coast Guard? Are these green nuts planning on them to run on electric? You speak of NOT thinking this through, OMW. How do we get to Europe, Africa, Asia.? What about all the countries that don't GO green? I hope sane dems DO run, as fast as they can! Economic lunacy rules the libs. If anyone needs to be in FEMA camps, there they are. Course if we put most of those nut case professors who are nothing more than propagandists, in the camps that might solve a host of problems.

    And Rush said yesterday on his radio program "And the problem is they BELIEVE this stuff" He said the dems are no long hiding their insanity, They are now putting it out in open display hoping they can convince the people to buy this stuff. We DO have a problem and it is NOT in Houston. It is in the minds of democrats Cow farts! Who measured how much methane they put in the air and how did they do it!

    Do we need anymore proof that liberalism is a mental disorder? What we NEED is more psychiatric beds and more mental health workers like Dr. Phil. Resurrecting Dr. Joyce Brothers and Dr. Ruth wouldn't hurt either. TDS is alive and well. It needs to be classed as a prime mental disorder in the USA.

  • Debra Walker

    02/09/2019 02:33 PM


  • R Perkins

    02/09/2019 02:25 PM

    Is this lifted from the UN's Agenda 21? Its important to know! Because Americans rejected Agenda 21 or for that matter any interference from the UN on our sovereignty! So this could be a back door tactic to make America conform. Also, this 'brilliant' bartender did not come up with this tactic. It reeks Obama who wants to be chieftain of the universal kingdom. Yes, she was triggered by SOTU but its just an opportunity to push this crap in POTUS' face.

  • Frank Stewart

    02/09/2019 02:22 PM

    For anyone out there who thinks this is just a group of young, ideological Congressional Representatives who are "wet behind the ears...but who are also eloquent, hypnotizing public speakers, using "sounds wonderful" rhetoric that folks of a Democratic party persuasion easily fall for, look at the names signed onto this outrageous Bill. They include seasoned congressional leaders such as our infamous Massachusetts Rep Ed Markey, a co-sponsor. This isn't just a little group of "Democratic Socialists"...this Bill clearly shows what the Democratic Party enmass is fast becoming...all for the primary sake of garnering future elective votes...while the Country is irreparably harmed.

  • Kevin Pandil

    02/09/2019 02:07 PM

    Dear Mike Huckabee,
    They need a "New Green Deal" because the first one didn't work. All the solar businesses that went belly up at our tax payer expense.
    It was just so obama could pay off his friends.

    This is all unconstitutional, If we are going to socialists I want Trump to go ahead and take over as the lifetime dictator. I would rather have him that a democrat.

    Kevin Pandil
    Mesa, Az.

  • bob pitvorec

    02/09/2019 02:03 PM

    Seems they also laughed at Hitler, especially while he sat in prison writing Mein Kamp, his signature piece.
    In California we never voted for the Hi-speed rail project. We approved a transportation bill to which Governor Jerry Brown later proclaimed his Hi-speed dream project fit nicely. And by the way you folks in Arkansas are helping to pay for it via Federal funds.