The ‘Green New Deal’ Is Dead. Long May It Stay Buried!
Despite much fanfare, the bill was a total dud. Not a single senator voted in favor of it. Even its authors and sponsors voted “present,” rather than going on record as supporting this steaming pile of green-tinged socialist dung.
The GND is a proposed package of government handouts combined with a government-directed industrial policy that’s straight out of the Soviet Union’s playbook. The GND promised, among other things, well-paying jobs, health care for all, and universal access to healthy foods. It also called for a complete makeover of the nation’s buildings, transportation system, and energy supply, and all by 2030.
Multiple analyses found the GND would have been tremendously costly, but high costs aside, the GND is mostly just a socialist wish list, not a serious policy proposal. Many parts of the Green New Deal would be impossible to implement within the short period demanded (if ever).
Democrats ignored these facts, and they did so at their peril. More than 100 Democrats in the U.S. House and Senate rushed to sponsor and/or publicly embrace the bill, including Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who account for almost every senator vying for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president.
The wails of anguish, gnashing of teeth, and back-peddling
contortions its sponsors attempted after McConnell announced the floor
vote were a pleasure to watch. In all my years of public policy work,
I’ve never before seen sponsors and supporters of a resolution ask their
proposal not be brought up for a vote. In many cases, senators
wait years for votes on legislation they sponsor, having to introduce
it in multiple sessions of Congress, only to have their bills blocked by
a filibuster or defeated in committee. Here, when McConnell paved the
way for an up-or-down vote, the Democrats blinked, unwilling to support
the GND under the harsh glare of media attention.
In releasing the Green New Deal, Democrats hoped the mainstream media
would, as it had with the Mueller investigation, fawningly report every
false aspersion, innuendo, mischaracterization, and lie about the Trump
administration and Republicans’ climate and energy policies in the
run-up to the next election, but McConnell and the Republicans didn’t
take the bait.
Instead, Republicans essentially said, “If you truly believe the climate crisis is so bad it requires immediate action to prevent the end of the world in just 10, 11, or 12 years then the time to vote is now, not after years of hearings.”
As Yahoo News reported, McConnell rightfully asked, “If you believe the Green New Deal is the prescription for America, why would you not want to vote on it?”
McConnell also said while speaking from the Senate floor before the vote was held, “I have to say, it’s remarkable enough to see a major political party coalesce around a proposal to forcibly remake the entire country according to what’s fashionable in Brooklyn and San Francisco. But it is even more stunning to see my colleagues so angry and upset at the opportunity to back up their new philosophy with their votes.”
With the vote on the GND over, for the next two years, Democrats have no room to complain about their inability to vote on legislation addressing the so-called “climate crisis.” GND supporters argue it is the first real attempt by Congress to take the severity of human-caused climate change seriously, and Democrats claim it is too late for half-measures or tinkering around the edges. We need to totally remake America’s economy immediately, they say. Yet, when push came to shove, Democrats were unwilling to fight for their cause. Their “present” votes show they lack the courage of their convictions.
The Green New Deal is dead. Long may it stay buried!