Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) went all in on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” yesterday. In another ‘Spartacus’ moment, he compared the government-led push to overhaul the nation’s economy and energy sector to landing on the moon and defeating the Nazis in World War II. There are a lot of people who fought in that war and astronauts who went to the moon that would disagree with that wacky assessment.
“There’s a lot of people now going back on the Green New Deal, they’re like ‘oh it’s impractical, oh it’s too expensive, oh it’s all of this,'” he said at a stop in Mason City, Iowa. “If we used to govern our dreams that way, we would have never gone to the Moon. ‘God, that’s impractical. See that ball in the sky? That’s impractical.'”
“We are a nation that has done impossible things before and my parents taught me: ‘Reach for the moon, reach for the stars. Even if you come up short, at least you’re going to be hovering above the ground, you’ll be soaring young man. So we need to be bold again in America. We need to have dreams that other people say are impossible.”
Republicans wasted no time in ridiculing Booker’s dramatic remarks. Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tweeted: “You can’t make this up.” Pretty much the entire roster for the Democratic 2020 presidential bid is now backing the ridiculous $7 trillion “Green New Deal.” Booker and other hopefuls co-sponsored a nonbinding resolution unveiled Thursday by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA).
“Excited to join @AOC & @SenMarkey on a historic #GreenNewDeal resolution to address the peril of climate change and worsening inequality,” Booker tweeted. “Our history is a testimony to the achievement of what some think is impossible — we must take bold action now.”
You can’t make this up.
Cory “Spartacus” Booker says adopting the socialist “Green New Deal” would be like defeating the Nazis and putting a man on the moon.pic.twitter.com/QwqegeusJH
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) February 8, 2019
From Fox News:
“The resolution calls for a “new national social, industrial and economic mobilization on a scale not seen since World War II and the New Deal,” and says it is an opportunity to tackle systemic injustices of minority groups, create millions of high-wage jobs and “provide unprecedented levels of prosperity and economic security for all people of the United States.”
“It envisions a 10-year mobilization that would upgrade and expand power sources and power grids to meet 100 percent of power demand via clean energy sources, as well as overhauling transport systems to “eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector as much as is technologically feasible.”
“On the economic front, the plan bundles together a host of liberal wish-list items. Among the most ambitious components is a plan to guarantee a job “with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations, and retirement security to all people of the United States” — and to provide health care, affordable housing, economic security and access to clean water, air, food and nature to all “people of the United States.”
“The proposal has hit a wall of skepticism from Republicans, as well as some Democrats, particularly proposals in an accompanying FAQ released to NPR by Ocasio-Cortez’s office that included calls to make air travel unnecessary and give economic security to those “unwilling” to work.”
Excited to join @AOC & @SenMarkey on a historic #GreenNewDeal resolution to address the peril of climate change and worsening inequality. Our history is a testimony to the achievement of what some think is impossible — we must take bold action now.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) February 7, 2019
The proposal puts forth ‘quantitative easing’ as a way to fund it. That’s called printing money. Ask Germany how well that went for them in the past.
Ben Shapiro at The Daily Wire astutely said the “Green New Deal” was one of the stupidest documents ever written:
“The proposal calls for the United States to be free of carbon emissions within 10 years without the use of nuclear power. It calls for every building in the United States to be replaced or retrofitted in green fashion. It calls for universal healthcare, free college education, the replacement of airplanes with high-speed trains, charging stations “everywhere” (this is the sort of exactness the proposal contains), replacement of “every combustion-engine vehicle,” government-provided jobs, family and medical leave, vacations, retirement security, and the abolition of “farting cows.” It also calls for total “economic security” for anyone “unable or unwilling to work.”‘
Booker hit back at his critics and stated that Americans had “done impossible things before.”
“We need to push the bounds of human potential because that is our history,” he said enthusiastically.
“When the planet has been in peril in the past, who came forward to save Earth from the scourge of Nazis and totalitarian regimes? We came forward. Who came forward to save the planet, or continents, from financial ruin? We came forward with the Marshall Plan,” he said. “Our history is standing up and saying, ‘look, humanity is in crisis, America is going to be the light and the hope.'”
He’s delusional or he is knowingly lying to Americans. I might remind Booker it was free-thinking capitalists that did all of that… not Democratic Socialists who are actually communists.
The first question I was asked in Iowa was about #GreenNewDeal. The hard truth is climate change has imperiled our planet—it’s going to take bold action now to save it including dramatic investment in green energy that will create the jobs of the future. We can do this. pic.twitter.com/zdU26AjcNN
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) February 8, 2019