Democratic Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) released her ‘Green New Deal’ late last week amid much fanfare from the left and the full support of most Democratic 2020 candidates. It was immediately mocked widely for being completely unworkable, costing $7 trillion, and frankly being one of the most moronic documents to ever go public. But it wasn’t out there for long.
Just hours after being posted on Ocasio-Cortez’s website, the document disappeared after being changed a number of times. Unfortunately, the Internet is forever and a number of sites grabbed the details before they disappeared. This was her plan to battle global warming and install a socialist utopia here in the U.S. Social Media was ablaze with ridicule over the plan and rightly so.
Ocasio-Cortez’s FAQ detailed many of the goals of the plan modeled on FDR’s New Deal. The majority of suggestions in the deal were laughed at by Republicans and more than a few Democrats. Her idea to pay for the ‘Green New Deal’ using quantitative easing is especially alarming. That’s printing money like Germany did before they crashed and burned.
“The most bizarre passage in the Green New Deal is the admission that after they’ve junked every car in America,” tweeted commentator Megan McArdle, “replaced every power plant, and renovated every single building within the space of a decade, they might not get around to slaughtering all the cows by their deadline.” Yes, all cows must go because of excessive flatulence.
From the Washington Examiner:
“The document vanished just hours after Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., formally unveiled a “Green New Deal” resolution that has so far attracted 67 Democratic co-sponsors in the House. It’s a nonbinding measure that is less detailed than the now-deleted FAQ document but calls for a complete and speedy overhaul of the nation’s energy, transportation, and farming sectors in order to eliminate carbon emissions in the coming decades.
“The communications staff has so far not responded to an inquiry about the now-missing blog post.
“But on Saturday morning, chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti tweeted that the FAQ page was indeed posted by the Ocasio-Cortez staff but was done so in error. He called the page “an early draft of a FAQ that was clearly unfinished and that doesn’t represent the GND resolution got published to the website by mistake (idea was to wait for launch, monitor q’s, and rewrite that FAQ before publishing).”
“Ocasio-Cortez later Saturday admitted the same, tweeting at a Washington Post reporter, “There was also a draft version that got uploaded + taken down. There’s also draft versions floating out there.”‘
The most bizarre passage in the Green New Deal is the admission that after they've junked every car in America, replaced every power plant, and renovated every single building within the space of a decade, they might not get around to slaughtering all the cows by their deadline.
— Megan McArdle (@asymmetricinfo) February 7, 2019
When the document was scrubbed, the link publicized simply went to a “404 error” page. It was obvious from the very beginning that Ocasio-Cortez did not write the document herself. She definitely had help.
“Fox News’ John Roberts noted that there were different versions of the document, with an earlier one referring to “farting cows,” and a later one replacing that phrase with “emissions from cows.” Then the latter version was deleted altogether.
“However, the ridicule continued on social media, especially from figures on the right side of the political aisle.
“Reads like a poorly-argued paper from a college sophomore after years of mindless left-wing indoctrination,” said Pete Hegseth of Fox News.
“The Green New Deal is what happens when the tide pod eating generation decides to make public policy,” said Erick Erickson.
“Whoever wrote the New Green Deal deserves a job at the Onion,” joked Natalie Johnson of the Hill.
“Now that we see what the Green New Deal is, anyone who takes it seriously cannot be taken seriously,” responded Buck Sexton.
“Whoever wrote AOC’s Green New Deal document is a full-scale idiot,” agreed Ben Shapiro. “There is no way to read that document as a rational person and think otherwise.”‘
Just read the @AOC "Green New Deal." What a doozy.
Reads like a poorly-argued paper from a college sophomore after years of mindless left-wing indoctrination.
The Socialist-from-the-Bronx-who-is-actually-from-Westchester is a textbook combination of lunacy, idiocy & fantasy.
— Pete Hegseth (@PeteHegseth) February 7, 2019
One of Ocasio-Cortez’s top advisers suggested Friday it was actually authored and distributed by the GOP. That is untrue as I personally saw it on her site. Someone might want to tell them that just because you delete or move something off your site that doesn’t mean it is actually gone. The document was removed without explanation.
There were hot denials over the document making statements on cows:
“Yes, we are calling for a full transition off fossil fuels and zero greenhouse gases. Anyone who has read the resolution sees that we spell this out through a plan that calls for eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from every sector of the economy. Simply banning fossil fuels immediately won’t build the new economy to replace it – this is the plan to build that new economy and spells out how to do it technically. We do this through a huge mobilization to create the renewable energy economy as fast as possible. We set a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast, but we think we can ramp up renewable manufacturing and power production, retrofit every building in America, build the smart grid, overhaul transportation and agriculture, plant lots of trees and restore our ecosystem to get to net-zero.”
The Green New Deal is what happens when the tide pod eating generation decides to make public policy.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) February 7, 2019
And on those ‘unwilling to work’:
“Clean air and water and access to nature· Healthy food· High-quality health care· Safe, affordable, adequate housing ·Economic environment free of monopolies ·Economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work· There is no time to waste.”
But as you can see here the document did indeed encompass those radical plans and so much more. No wonder it was torched by those who read it.
More from the Washington Examiner:
“A policy adviser to Ocasio-Cortez, though, told Fox News Friday night that the claims were some kind of hoax perpetuated by Republicans.
“Robert Hockett, professor of law and finance at Cornell University, appearing on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” called the contents of the now-missing blog post “some kind of document that somebody other than us has been circulating.”
“Hockett said Ocasio-Cortez does not endorse the idea of paying people “unwilling to work” and does not want to ban airplane travel.
“He said Ocasio-Cortez “tweeted it out to laugh at it.”
“He added, “It seems apparently some Republicans have put it out there.”
“Hockett may have been referring to the Ocasio-Cortez Friday tweet of a doctored version of the blog post by frequent tweeter and humorist David Burge and others that called for recycling urine to conserve water.
“When your #GreenNewDeal legislation is so strong that the GOP has to resort to circulating false versions, but the real one nets 70 House cosponsors on Day 1 and all Dem presidential candidates sign on anyway,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.”
When your #GreenNewDeal legislation is so strong that the GOP has to resort to circulating false versions, but the real one nets 70 House cosponsors on Day 1 and all Dem presidential candidates sign on anyway https://t.co/BbHIn8cu0f
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 8, 2019
Now, Ocasio-Cortez and company are trying to walk back those allegations somewhat. But President Trump is having a ball with it: “I think it is very important for the Democrats to press forward with their Green New Deal. It would be great for the so-called “Carbon Footprint” to permanently eliminate all Planes, Cars, Cows, Oil, Gas & the Military – even if no other country would do the same. Brilliant!” Yes, and it is a sheer gift to the Republicans for the 2020 election.
I think it is very important for the Democrats to press forward with their Green New Deal. It would be great for the so-called “Carbon Footprint” to permanently eliminate all Planes, Cars, Cows, Oil, Gas & the Military – even if no other country would do the same. Brilliant!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2019
Whoever wrote the New Green Deal deserves a job at the Onion.
— Natalie Johnson (@nataliejohnsonn) February 7, 2019
Now that we see what the Green New Deal is, anyone who takes it seriously cannot be taken seriously
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) February 7, 2019
Whoever wrote AOC's Green New Deal document is a full-scale idiot. There is no way to read that document as a rational person and think otherwise.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 7, 2019