The Left is here to enforce equality. The sort of equality you’ll find underneath the the tombstones at your local community cemetery. This plan is referred to as The Green New Deal. And what a Great Leap Forward it will be!
1) Invest in sustainable businesses including cooperatives and non-profits by providing grants and loans with an emphasis on small, locally-based companies that keep the wealth created by local labor circulating in the community rather than being drained off to enrich absentee investors.
2) Move to 100% clean energy by 2030. Invest in clean energy technologies that are ready to go now. Redirect research funds from fossil fuels and other dead-end industries toward research in wind, solar, tidal, and geothermal energy. We will invest in research in sustainable, nontoxic materials and closed-loop cycles that eliminate waste and pollution, as well as organic agriculture, permaculture, and sustainable forestry.
3) Create a Commission for Economic Democracy to provide publicity, training, education, and direct financing for cooperative development and for democratic reforms to make government agencies, private associations, and business enterprises more participatory. We will strengthen democracy via participatory budgeting and institutions that encourage local initiative and democratic decision-making.
4) Establish a Renewable Energy Administration on the scale of FDR’s hugely successful Rural Electrification Administration, launched in 1935, that brought electrical power to rural America, 95 per cent of which had no power. Emulated by many other countries, this initiative provided technical support, financing, and coordination to more than 900 municipal cooperatives, many of which still exist. The Green New Deal would update this model with eco-friendly energy sources.
5) End unemployment in America once and for all by guaranteeing a job at a living wage for every American willing and able to work. A Full Employment Program will create up to 20 million jobs, both directly and indirectly, by implementing a nationally-funded, locally-controlled, direct employment initiative replacing unemployment offices with local employment offices. The government will be the employer of last resort, offering jobs meeting community-identified needs in the public and non-profit sectors to take up any slack in private for-profit sector employment. These will include jobs in sustainable energy and energy efficiency retrofitting, mass transit and “complete streets” that promote safe bike and pedestrian traffic, regional food systems based on sustainable organic agriculture, clean manufacturing, infrastructure, and public services (education, youth programs, child care, senior care, etc). Communities will use a process of broad stakeholder input and democratic decision making to fairly design and implement these programs.
-US Green Party
Assuming that anyone championing this actually gives a fig about the working poor or the trampled verdure we can easily surmise the plan stated above has enough holes to sink The Bismark. The categorical error here is to assume that the Red Parties sponsoring this really are Green. The cute Manatees and Polar Bears are both props. They are components of a dishonest guilt trip.
The true goal here is diabolical equality. Diabolical equality is the goal of people who understand how equality is truly possible and yet still decide to be iniquitous and try for that goal anyway. The only way to truly achieve equality is to cripple the intelligent, artistic, athletic and capable. Disfigure the beautiful, and nobody has to worry about their looks. Cripple the healthy, and handicaps are no longer disqualifying. But what do you do about intellect? You declare a moratorium on brains.
The entire idea of this Commission For Economic Democracy is to cripple people who are capable of doing well at business. It is to redistribute their achievements towards those who couldn’t achieve if you drew them a road map. It is the real-world version of Directive 10-289 from the novel Atlas Shrugs. We need to let people know Ayn Rand didn’t write that as a policy how to book. It really wasn’t like Machiavelli writing The Prince.
The good news is that telling people what is in The Green Leap Forward makes them hate The Green Leap Forward. Here’s what happens when people are informed as to how bad this is.
So we need to let people know what is in The Green New Deal. We need to avoid making it about the personalities involved. Just ask intelligent questions about specific proposals. “Should we have to pay people who refuse to work?” “Can we effectively ban all gasoline in ten years and not suffer famine, war and societal collapse?” “Why isn’t nuclear energy included in the list of alternatives?” “What exactly happens to someone who runs afoul of The Commission For Economic Democracy?” All of these are fair questions that advocates of this policy bundle should have to answer in a public forum. Keep saying that “Senator Ed Markey is one heck of a swell guy, but…” All of those buts will conspire to kick Progressive Amerika’s ass on The Green New Deal.