Should Americans vote for the Democrat Green New Deal in November?

Should you support the Democrats' Green New Deal?
Should you support the Democrats’ Green New Deal?

Why did so many people vote for communist regimes in the last hundred years? Communist leaders – who had no demonstrated achievements in economic policy – simply promised voters all sorts of free stuff, e.g. – a guaranteed job, free health care, paid retirement, etc. When the expected benefits didn’t appear, the communist leaders blamed others for their failures, and naturally, those others had to die.

Think that couldn’t happen here? Well, a lot of leading Democrats sure sound like communist leaders. Promising to confiscate legally-owned firearms. Promising to abolish private health insurance. Promising to nationalize private retirement accounts. And promising to replace our current energy industry with a new government-controlled green energy industry.

Let’s look at that last one: the new government-controlled energy industry.

The Federalist reports on the Green New Deal plan.

A number of Democratic Party presidential hopefuls — including Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Julián Castro, and Beto O’Rourke, for starters — have already endorsed or expressed support for the “Green New Deal” (GND). Today, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Edward J. Markey dropped details about her plan.

[…]While some of the specifics need to be ironed out, the plan’s authors assure that this “massive transformation of our society” needs some “clear goals and a timeline.” The timeline is ten years. Here are some of the goals:

  • Ban affordable energy. GND calls for the elimination of all fossil fuel energy production, the lifeblood of American industry and life, which includes not only all oil but also natural gas — one of the cheapest sources of American energy, and one of the reasons the United States has been able to lead the world in carbon-emissions reduction.

  • Eliminate nuclear energy. The GND also calls for eliminating all nuclear power, one of the only productive and somewhat affordable “clean” energy sources available to us, in 11 years. This move would purge around 20 percent of American energy production so you can rely on intermittent wind for your energy needs.

  • Eliminate 99 percent of cars. The authors state that the GND would like to replace every “combustion-engine vehicle” — trucks, airplanes, boats, and 99 percent of cars — within ten years. Charging stations for electric vehicles will be built “everywhere,” though how power plants will provide the energy needed to charge them is a mystery.

  • Gut and rebuild every building in America. Markey and Cortez want to “retrofit every building in America” with “state of the art energy efficiency.” I repeat, “every building in America.” That includes every home, factory, and apartment building, which will all need, for starters, to have their entire working heating and cooling systems ripped out and replaced with…well, with whatever technology Democrats are going invent in their committee hearings, I guess.

  • Eliminate air travel. GND calls for building out “highspeed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary.”

  • A government-guaranteed job. The bill promises the United States government will provide every single American with a job that includes a “family-sustaining wage, family and medical leave, vacations, and a pension.” You can imagine that those left in the private sector would be funding these through some unspecified “massive” taxation.

  • Free education for life. GND promises free college or trade schools for every American.

  • A salubrious diet. The GND promises the government will provide “healthy food” to every American.

  • A house. The GND promises that the government will provide, “safe, affordable, adequate housing” for every American citizen.

  • Free money. The GND aims to provide, and I am not making this up, “economic security” for all who are “unable or unwilling” to work.

  • Ban meat. Ocasio-Cortez admits that we can’t get 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.” The only way to get rid of farting cows is to get rid of beef.

Have any of these ideas been tried in any states? Trains seem to run over budget when they are built, and they fail to turn a profit afterwards. But most of these have not been tried anywhere, so how are we supposed to know how much they will cost to implement, and whether they will actually work?

The cost of the Green New Deal has been figured at $49 trillion over the first 10 years. (And that’s in addition to the government takeover of healthcare “Medicare for All”, which costs $32 trillion over 10 years).

Can the money come from “the rich”?

Just one problem with that:

The plan itself seems to insinuate that billionaires can pay for the whole thing. Of course, best case scenario, it is estimated that instituting a top marginal tax rate of 70 percent would raise a little more than $700 billion over that decade.

If the money for the Green New Deal can’t come from the wealthiest 1%, then where will it come from? It will come from your company. It will come from your boss. It will come from you.

6 thoughts on “Should Americans vote for the Democrat Green New Deal in November?”

  1. The Green New Deal sounds more like the Marxist New Deal, and you don’t have to look any further than despotic regimes like the PRC, USSR, Cuba, North Korea, Venezuela and others to see what happens when Marxism is installed. No. Thanks.

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    1. Even my (Anti-Trump) Russian friend publicly said on facebook,
      (copy and paste) “Biden is implementing Trotsky ideas to America.”

      There’s definitely a lot of value-signalling as well as enabling.
      * Only raising taxes on people making $400k and up (that number is arbitrary), plus killing Trump era corporate taxes:
      Let’s be careful not to kill the Golden Goose here.

      If this were rephrased as “Let’s tax the job creators more so they create less jobs,” I’m sure a lot more people would be offended.

      * free college for people making less than X:
      Do C students and D students deserve to go to college?
      Do kids who’d rather be elsewhere deserve to go to college?
      If we followed say, Switzerland or Germany, only the top 20-25% go to college for Switzerland and the top 30% for Germany.
      https://www.quora.com/Is-it-true-that-in-Switzerland-only-20-25-of-people-go-to-college

      “College isn’t for everyone”
      “Even then, the drop out rates for swiss universities is huge because it still doesn’t make sense for people, you always have the option to do it if you wish.”
      “There are alternative paths like apprenticeships.”

      * Eliminate nuclear energy
      I don’t think many Bostonians are worried that there are both a nuclear fission and plasma fusion reactor sitting in the middle of their city. Well, to be honest, a lot of people don’t know.

      Then some people look a little alarmed when I tell them.

      You know what’s even more scary? The fission reactor is monitored by students! (who then write reviews like, “I had a more lively time babysitting kids than babysitting the reactor… I did homework/reading and looked up at gauges every so often.”)

      What am I talking about? The MIT Nuclear Reactor Laboratory. https://nrl.mit.edu/

      I saw some other interesting write ups elsewhere (like the GND will cost about $49 trillion over 10 years, and Biden’s raising of income taxes will only generate $4 trillion over 10 years plus slashing of corporate taxes will generate $1trillion per year). Math doesn’t add up… $49 trillion cost … $14 trillion revenue (while slowing down the economy with more taxes) …

      Print more money?
      Pull it out of a hat?
      Kick the extra $35 trillion down the road (or more than doubling the current debt)?
      Oh wait, tax and spend, then blame the Republicans for all the problems …

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  2. I’m pretty convinced that a large percentage of Americans openly want to live under a leftist authoritarian. In regards to COVID, my wife loves the lockdown China did and hates the US for letting it linger. She really doesn’t care about freedom but only making money, and that can be done just as well in communist countries in her mind. She’s not an enviro nut, but those who are have the same dream of a dictator that she does.

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