I hate to admit it, but Congresswoman-Elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is starting to grow on me. For someone who follows politics so you don’t have to and tries to pepper his commentary with humor, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is comedy gold!
Among the various ideas she’s tossed around is something called a Green New Deal, and it’s gaining traction among the greener members of the Left. And, like many of the ideas she’s tossed about, it has far-reaching implications…and is poorly thought out and, thus, mockable. So, let’s do that, shall we?
Green New Deal
What the Left thinks it means – a series of initiatives to address ecological and economic crises with the focus on climate change
What it really means – another attempt to grab green while attempting to go green
If the Left ever started a religion (aside from worshiping failed sociopolitical movements and, oh yeah, themselves), it might look a little like the green movement. No matter what happens, it’s attributable to climate change. And don’t you dare bring stuff like real science and facts into the discussion because that just won’t do. We have to believe climate change is real, is getting worse, and only we can stop it.
Come to think of it, that’s pretty much Leftists worshiping themselves. Anyway…
The Green New Deal has a lot of Leftist gated-community-cul-du-sac cred. First off, it’s based in part on Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal, a series of government programs designed to lift our failing economy during the Great Depression. Second, it combines two of the Left’s favorite causes: the environment, and spending other people’s money. And third, it’s guaranteed to increase the size and scope of government. So, to the Left, it’s a win-win-win proposition!
Now, are you expecting me to pour a glacier’s worth of cold water on this idea? If you said yes, I hope you bet the over because there is a lot wrong with the Green New Deal.
First off, the New Deal wasn’t that great overall. In fairness, it did cut into the unemployment rate a bit, so I will give it credit for that. The problem is it didn’t solve the employment or economic problems nearly as much as we’ve been lead to think it did. When you look at the numbers (and I have since my social calendar is emptier than a strip club in Amish country), the New Deal moved unemployment less than a percent after several years of being introduced. Prices were still high for the time and jobs were mostly scarce, even with the New Deal’s make-work programs.
So, if it wasn’t the New Deal that got us out of the Great Depression, what did? A little thing the kids like to call World War II. After Pearl Harbor, our factories needed to produce goods for the war, which meant a need for people to work, and that meant more jobs to be had. FDR might get the credit from Leftists (and he does), but his programs didn’t accomplish what they set out to do in any significant way. Hopefully, there isn’t a world war that comes after the Green New Deal is put in place, but it might be the only way for it to succeed.
I’ve talked at length about the Left’s green hypocrisy, so I won’t go too much into it here. And if you’ve paid attention to federal budgeting in the past few decades, you know all about how the Left loves to spend other people’s money. I will say, however, many people who push a green agenda also have another ideology behind it: some variation of socialism. That’s not to say all of them are, but after seeing enough of them, I’m starting to think it’s a requirement, not an aberration.
Then, there’s the growth of government. Leftists love this idea because it guarantees jobs for people who wouldn’t otherwise be employed and protects them from being fired for the reasons these people wouldn’t otherwise be employed. I don’t know all of the specifics (because not even the Green New Deal supporters have thought it out yet), but I guarantee there will be overlap with existing government programs. How can I make such a bold prediction? Because there already is overlap, and a lot of it. Take the banking industry, for example. You can count on 2 hands the number of agencies that oversee different banking functions and might even need to take off your shoes and socks these days. And they are all doing the same thing. A Green New Deal will only repeat that process, and it won’t get us any cleaner. Just look at SuperFund.
While going green is an admirable goal, the Left simply can’t make it work without coming up with expensive “fixes” that don’t do anything or creating yet another government agency that will spend more on air travel to climate change conferences than on the actual problem of climate change. But before you think I’m just complaining without an alternative, let me roll out my Green New Deal.
Approach Elon Musk, offer him a sum of money upon completion to solve or at least mitigate the climate change problem, and let him go to work.
That idea will make Leftists’ heads explode, but hear me out. The problem with the green movement is that it doesn’t understand what Musk does: environmentalism isn’t sexy. If you want people to become more environmentally friendly today, you have to create a demand for it. Toyota tried doing this with the Prius, and it’s still limping along while others drive by in SUVs so high you need an air traffic controller whenever you go out for a drive. And a big part of that is the Prius looks like an egg. It’s not attractive, but it does fulfill human need, such as being part of a group and having that group think highly of the Prius owner. But ego alone isn’t enough to save the planet. What’s missing is capitalism.
Musk didn’t become rich and famous by settling for the mediocre. He dreamed big, risked big, and won big with the Tesla and with Space-X. We need that kind of daredevil intellect involved in what the Left considers to be the highest stakes of all with climate change, but the Left doesn’t want a solution; they want a problem they can milk for money, power, and occasional guest spots on CNN and MSNBC.
The fate of the Green New Deal is up in the air right now, but if the past is prologue, we know how the story ends before it even begins. Let’s try something new, a more daring approach.
Do it…for the children.