You may have seen “Students Love Green New Deal… Until Hearing What’s In It” by now, but if not you probably get the gist just from the title. Yes, it’s one of those “man on the street” interview videos where random college students are asked whether they support new progressive superstar Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (“AOC” to those in the cool crowd) and her much-ballyhooed “Green New Deal.” And, as you also might be able to guess, the video highlights those eager young idealists who profess their love for the plan . . . until they discover what it actually says.
For those who might have missed it, the Green New Deal made headlines for all the wrong reasons earlier this month when some of its critics picked up on a few of the crazier aspects of the plan. Like the fact that the deal promises economic security to all those who are unable to work (standard fare in the modern nanny state era) and also to all those who are unwilling to work.
Unwilling to work? Really?
Scrambling to do damage control, AOC’s team immediately took down the offending post from her website, then claimed that the screenshots of the controversial language came from “doctored” documents that were being placed online by those evil right wingers . . . until it was revealed that archives of the page had been created showing that AOC had indeed posted it to her website. So then they tried to explain away the page by saying that it had only been for internal campaign use (without explaining why that should put anyone’s mind at ease).
But try as they might, AOC and her green minions can’t dismiss criticisms of their cherished “Green New Deal” as mere knee-jerk opposition from those science-denying, hate-filled Repugs. A score of self-styled leftists, Democrats, progressives and other erstwhile allies in the fight against life-giving carbon dioxide have similarly opined on the ridiculous nature of this plan, from Naomi Wolf to Howard Schultz to Queen Pelosi herself, who provides the money quote: “The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they’re for it right?”
Now there is no lack of nonsense to roll our eyes at in the proposed “Green New Deal” legislation,