So everyone, and I mean everyone, is talking about the Green New Deal whether you love it or you hate it.
Not surprisingly, a lot of the less-experienced college age students are quite supportive of it- because they don’t really know what’s in it.
So who should shed light on this issue other than Campus Reform, who acts as “a watchdog to the nation’s higher education system,” exposing ” bias and abuse on the nation’s college campuses.”
Here’s the story as they reported it:
Since its unveiling, the plan has garnered noticeable support from young Americans on social media.
Wanting to know if the same people who support the New Green Deal would still support it after hearing what was actually in it, Campus Reform‘s Cabot Phillips headed to the University of Miami to find out.
First, asking their original perception of the plan, students made clear that they were on board.
“I like that it’s progressive, that it’s gonna push the world forward,” one student said, while another added, “just from knowing who’s endorsed it and some other little things, it sounds great.”
One student had a more serious view of the plan, saying, “if we didn’t do that, we’re going to be killing ourselves.”
“I view it favorably,” another said, while one more added, “it’s definitely a great idea.”
However, after walking through the contents of the Green New Deal, their tune quickly shifted.
Many of the students were moderately swayed here and there, but the big surprise to them was the part that provided “economic security for those unwilling to work.”
After hearing the truth, their opinions changed drastically. Some of their comments are transcribed below after being told the statement, “If you’re unwilling to work, we will still supply help for your salary and help for a living wage.”
“No, no, absolutely not.”
“If you’re not willing to contribute to society, I don’t think that the people who are contributing should pay for you, so I, I disagree with that.”
“I feel like it kind of sends the fore-message of, you know, you can just get away with not doing anything, and, you know, getting money, it’s kinda stupid.”
“I don’t like that, personally, “unwilling” isn’t the best way to go about things; like, I don’t want to go to college but I have to get a job, so…”
“Everyone is to contribute; that’s the only way that society works.”
“Um, I don’t know about that one, I think that if you’re unwilling, that, I don’t know if you should receive money for that?”
So am I shocked that most of the supporters of the Green New Deal were clueless? No.
Am I shocked that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is now blaming the “willing to work” statement as a Republican conspiracy? I mean, she’s no Einstein, but did she really think this wasn’t going to come back to haunt her?
Also from Campus Reform:
Ocasio-Cortez has since removed the document from her website that included such language as eliminating air travel or providing help to those “unwilling to work,” but archived data shows the initial post did, in fact, make such a statement. Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff said this was merely a draft and that it was published by accident.
This “accident” was like anything else put on the internet- it stays FOREVER.
If you’d like to see a PDF of what was removed, you can see it by clicking HERE.
The trouble started with a tweet from AOC on Feb 8th. You can see it below:
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
So what was this “false version” that she was talking about?
According to Cornell University Law School Professor Robert Hockett, the false version was the part that talked about giving support to those who are “unwilling to work”.
The guy is a law school professor who counsels AOC on environmental initiatives, so he must be an honest, intelligent guy, right? WRONG. He has since admitted that he made the claims fraudulently.
The false statements came on Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox News when he asked Hocket the following question: “Why would we ever pay people who are ‘unwilling to work’?”
Fox News reported the story:
In a head-turning moment heard around the Internet, Hockett replied flatly, “Uh, we never would, right? And AOC has never said anything like that, right? I think you’re referring to some sort of document — I think some doctored document that somebody other than us has been circulating. … She’s actually tweeted it out to laugh at it, if you look at her latest tweets. It seems apparently, some Republicans have put it out there. I don’t know the details.”
This “intelligent” Cornell University law professor obviously didn’t know that it would come back to haunt him, and Alexandria.
More from Fox:
Ocasio-Cortez’s office removed the documents from her website amid an online backlash. A version of the FAQ that referred to “farting cows” is still available on NPR’s website, and a similar version that was posted to Ocasio-Cortez’s website is currently viewable on an Internet archiving service. Both versions of the documents describe providing economic security for those “unwilling to work,” and state, “This is a massive transformation of our society with clear goals and a timeline” at a “scale not seen since World War 2.”