Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was agitated on Wednesday as he blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for bringing the infamous Green New Deal to a vote.
“Leader McConnell has spent a great deal of time here talking about bringing his version of the Green New Deal to the floor. Everybody knows it’s nothing more than a political stunt,” Schumer said.
This “political stunt” proved a very interesting point. Democrats don’t want a chance to vote on their own legislation. Isn’t that interesting?
As reported by the Washington Examiner:
The decision by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to force a vote on the preposterous Green New Deal proposal championed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., is having what I suspect is its intended effect. To wit, it is making Democratic leaders look ridiculous. It leaves them with no choice but to denounce McConnell for bringing a vote on a proposal put together by members of their own caucus.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., for example, complained Wednesday that McConnell would stoop so low as to, uh, force a vote on a bill drafted by a Democratic senator and sponsored by 11 Senate Democrats.
So why would they object? Perhaps because the bill already has infamy for being ridiculously ignorant of the principles of economics?
As reported by Fox News:
The proposal, chiefly championed by Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), would enact sweeping changes to many aspects of American life in an effort to reverse the effects of climate change.
Parts of the deal, including those governing cow flatulence and virtual abandonment of air travel, have been used as fodder by Republicans for several weeks.
Regardless of the ridiculous nature of the Green New Deal, Schumer redirected attention towards the believibility of climate change:
“Leader McConnell, do you believe that climate change, global warming, is real? Yes or no? Second, do you believe that climate change, global warming, is caused by humans? And three, do you believe that Congress should take immediate action to deal with the problem?”
So, he wants “immediate action?” It’s quite difficult to deal with the incongruity of his assertions when on one hand, he’s wanting “immediate action” and on the other hand, he’s upset that McConnell is calling for an immediate vote, which if passed, would take immediate action.
So what’s the real problem? The real problem is that there is bipartisan outrage concerning the ramifications of the Green New Deal, and Democrats know that it doesn’t have a chance of passing.
As reported by USA Today:
Beyond committed ideologues, few people think the freshman New York lawmaker’s plan (co-sponsored by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass.) is a realistic outline of what the United States can or should do to address climate change.
But Ocasio-Cortez and at least three Democratic presidential candidates who have signed onto the proposed congressional resolution have bolted onto their central unrealistic promise another 55 promises with little or nothing to do with climate change.
Here’s a list of what they’re going to provide and who they’re going to help:
1) Guaranteed jobs for all
2) That will be high quality union jobs
3) Paying prevailing wages
4) Hiring local workers
5) That offer training and advancement
6) Wage and benefit parity
7) Family leave
8) Medical leave
9) Paid vacation
10) Retirement security
11) Economic security
12) With strengthened unions
13) Stronger safety regulations
14) Stronger health regulations
15) Tougher anti-discrimination rules
16) More stringent wage and hour standards
17) Ending wage stagnation
18) Increasing socio-economic mobility
19) Reducing income inequality
20) Narrowing the racial wealth gap
21) And the gender earnings gap
22) While trade deals add rules to protect the environment and labor
23) The transfer of jobs overseas is stopped
24) Domestic manufacturing grows
25) Businesses don’t face unfair competition
26) Ensuring economic development
27) While diversifying business and industry in local and regional economies
28) While eliminating pollution
29) Cleaning up existing hazardous waste and abandoned sites
30) Providing education, including higher education, to all
31) While boosting community resiliency
32) Fighting racial injustice
33) Fighting social injustice
34) And generally making things better for indigenous peoples
35) Migrant communities
36) Deindustrialized communities
37) Depopulated rural communities
39) The elderly
40) The unhoused
41) People with disabilities
43) And family farmers
44) While making sure all buildings are safe
45) All buildings are affordable
46) All buildings are durable
47) And all buildings are comfortable
48) Public transit is clean
50) And accessible
51) All people have high quality health care
52) And access to healthy food
53) That is also affordable
54) And adequate housing
55) And also provide access to nature.
Whew. Of course, we all want public transit to be clean and folks to have access to healthy, affordable food, but you can’t wave a magic wand to make it happen with a congressional resolution.
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