As the once stable Democrats trip over themselves to sign up to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) Green New Deal program, it is perhaps time to examine exactly what is included in this manifesto for a reborn America.
While the media and entrenched politicos harp endlessly about the environmental aspects and the possibility of a 100% renewable energy nation, little attention has been paid to the fact that this action plan seeks to undermine the very support structure that has made America the number one economy in the world: hard work.
Appeal to the Lazy
It is certainly arguable that many of the more prominent platforms of the series of bills will appeal to voters across the aisle. Federal jobs guarantee, basic income, and universal health care are not just the preserves of the left. There is a case to be made that under the current system of welfare, it would be more economically viable to provide jobs rather than state or federal benefits, but digging deeper into the actual proposals gives us a clearer picture of exactly what AOC and her ilk are aiming toward.
The overview notes provided for the launch show that this is far more a socialist manifesto aimed at the feckless than a transformative approach to an environmentally stable country. The drafters state that they will “Build on FDR’s second bill of rights by guaranteeing:
- A job with a family-sustaining wage, family and medical leave, vacations, and retirement security.
- High-quality education, including higher education and trade schools.
- Clean air and water and access to nature.
- Healthy food.
- High-quality health care.
- Safe, affordable, adequate housing.
- Economic environment free of monopolies.
- Economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work.”
Read that last one again, “Economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work.” This is the real purpose behind the Green New Deal. The pandering to environmentalists, the rallying cry to those who seek healthcare provisions that work, are all just window dressing for the main tenet of this whole scam.
Those who are “unwilling” to work would receive all the other benefits regardless. This is the purpose of a bill of rights. Make no mistake, the increasing number of people who are encouraged to see themselves as victims will have legally-backed justification for not partaking in the building of society. They will be an underclass that is supported by a party demanding only one thing from them: a vote.
The reason the U.S.A. is the strongest economy in the world is down to the diligence and tenacity of individuals working hard to create enterprise and business, and it is often those from the most dire of circumstances that advance to achieve the most. “Necessity is the mother of invention.” This is not merely a descriptor of how progress occurs; it is a rallying cry for those that seek to better themselves.
By removing the need to work and to strive, AOC will remove the motivation of millions to push harder, to get more education, to take those first risky steps into entrepreneurship, all in the name of securing power for generations to come.
Don’t be fooled – this is not a set of proposals made with goodness and compassion in the heart; it is an inter-generational power grab that ensures the spirit of American industriousness is broken.
A Socialist Utopia?
When the ballot box fails, there is always the legislative route. Those who have been pushing for America to become a socialist country have failed to find favor with the voters, so in the age-old tradition of socialists, they seek to introduce it through the back door.
The Green New Deal intends to spend its way to the “bright future.” How? Through debt, of course! In the FAQ section, when describing how these initiatives will be funded, the obtuse, faux-friendly answer is:
“The same way we paid for the New Deal, the 2008 bank bailout and extended quantitative easing programs. The same way we paid for World War II and all our current wars. The Federal Reserve can extend credit to power these projects and investments and new public banks can be created to extend credit. There is also space for the government to take an equity stake in projects to get a return on investment.”
Perhaps unsurprisingly, this whole paragraph neglects to mention the words “debt” and “borrowing.” The talk of “public banks” and government taking an “equity stake” is a thinly disguised plea for government control of both finance and industry. We have seen how this works in the past, and the results are never pretty.
That this is socialism wrapped in a flag of “equality and justice” should be apparent to all. Yet, the lack of media depth and interest that has so scarred trust in once-vaunted institutions has concealed the true motivation behind this Green New Deal. It’s time for voters to get educated about what their elected representatives are actually supporting. The cost of ignorance is too high to pay.