The “Green New Deal” A “Serious” Alternative to MAGA

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The “Green New Deal” A “Serious” Alternative to MAGA

Contrary to its name, the “Green New Deal” is not just another environmental initiative. Like “Make America Great Again,” it is an attempt to fundamentally redirect the trajectory of American society. 

In fact, the plan’s “innumerate spokesperson,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, aka AOC, declares that “We have 10 years left to plan and implement a Green New Deal before cataclysmic climate disaster.  The mobilization to fight climate change is “a historic opportunity to virtually eliminate poverty in the United States.  [The “Green New Deal”] will “mitigate deeply entrenched racial, regional and gender-based inequalities in income and wealth” and “includes additional measures such as basic income programs and universal health care programs.”  — It can best be described as a merger of Lyndon Johnson’s dystopian “Great Society” with Al Gore’s scientifically implausible, “An Inconvenient Truth.”

Before and after the preliminary announcement by AOC and Massachusetts’ Senator Edward Markey, the plan was endorsed, to varying degrees, by Democrat White House hopefuls, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, and Kamala Harris as well as roughly 70 members of Congress. 

As defined by the Green Party, and largely reprised in the AOC-Markey proposal, the Green New Deal rests on four sets of policies referred to as pillars:

I - AN ECONOMIC BILL OF RIGHTS,

II - A GREEN TRANSITION,

III - REAL FINANCIAL REFORM, and

IV - A FUNCTIONING DEMOCRACY.

Let’s first consider what they mean by…

Pillar I - THE ECONOMIC BILL OF RIGHTS

The official Green Party summary of the Green New Deal says, “our country cannot truly move forward until the roots of inequality are pulled up, and the seeds of a new, healthier economy are planted.” Thus, the Green New Deal begins with an Economic Bill of Rights that ensures all citizens:

First, the right to employment through a Full Employment Program that will create 25 million jobs by implementing nationally-funded public sector jobs which are "stored" in job banks in order to take up any slack in private sector employment.  It will end unemployment in America once and for all by guaranteeing a job, at a living wage, for every American willing and able to work.

Second, worker's rights including the right to a living wage, to a safe workplace, to fair trade, and to organize a union at work without fear of firing or reprisal.

Third, the right to quality health care which will be achieved through a single-payer Medicare-for-All program...

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