by: Floyd from Albemarle
AOC had a dream, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the new thinker in Washington. Before winning a seat in our US Congress, she graduated cum laude from Boston University, majoring in International Relations and Economics. That was eight years ago. Since then she has been looking for the proper career slot where she can best leverage her top notch education. She thinks that she has found her niche!
Actually, she had a daydream. It hit her while she was folding napkins at the restaurant last November where she was one of the wait staff. She realized that she would soon be sitting in Congress (she has since been appointed to the powerful committee on Oversight and Reform including the Environmental Oversight committee). She hatched a plan to get rid of nearly all fossil fuel usage in the US and eventually the world. Remember, for liberals, birthing is out of vogue, but hatching is great, particularly when it involves caterpillars. She decided to call it the Green New Deal.
Under her plan, within ten years there will be no cars or airplanes. Every home in the US would have to switch their heating to electric. The electricity would be provided by new solar and wind farms. Of course, nighttime lighting and air conditioning are decadent so they would have to go away, especially since both wind and solar energy tend to not be available at night. Daytime travel would be by electric trains, horses, and bicycles.
Realizing that, under this socialist government, workers will no longer be able to travel to their jobs, she would institute a cottage industry wherein the Government would pay you to “make things” at home. Of course, your private health insurance, retirement and vacations will go away. She will replace these with government programs including health care, like the citizens of Venezuela currently have. Since cows are a major source of greenhouse gases, she will ban cows. Actually that means that our society will go vegan, another side benefit of her plan.
AOC has no further to look than North Korea for an example of how this idea works. Dictator Kim Jong Un is “way ahead” of the rest of the world in all of these “advancements.” There are no cars on the broad avenues, only military vehicles. Dictator Un is traveling to Vietnam for the upcoming summit on his armored train. It is rumored that President Trump will be a day late due to the time difference between Vietnam and Washington. Dictator Un is actually a century late if you judge based on average the technology available to the North Korean peasant. There is little livestock. I have read that during frequent slumps in agriculture production, peasant population have resorted to eating grass and tree bark. Cottage industries dominate the economy. At night there is little outdoor lighting. From space, North Korea stands out as a dark blob compared to the other countries of the world.
You know, I think AOC and all the Green New Deal supporters should take their next vacation in North Korea. Give them a month to fully absorb this new utopia. I would be eager to read their letters home. Maybe they will decide to stay there. I doubt it!
Think about it. How would your life change if you had no car, no meat, no air conditioning, no nighttime lighting? Our forefathers would be appalled to see that, in four hundred years, we have not progressed from the conditions they suffered when they came to the new world! At that time, whale blubber oil was used for lighting.
Oh, there is also that pesky “Little Ice Age” back in 1645 to 1715 before we were consumers of fossil fuels to explain. That was during a solar minimum. Millions of people died during that period. We are now entering a new solar minimum. Perhaps fossil fuels do not trigger Global Warming, sorry, I mean Climate Change.
But, if they do, we just might need some assistance from fossil fuels to avoid freezing to death! Wake up Americans. Are we really ready to go back to the dark ages? As for me, I think I will stockpile my firewood and buy some futures in whale oil.
You know, I think Schilling Show fans should all take their next vacation in Sweden. Because since socialism is a relative success there, it would be relatively successful here. Or maybe that’s highly simplistic thinking. Or maybe the highly simplistic thinking is really yours.
Who sez Swedin is socialist country: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffreydorfman/2018/07/08/sorry-bernie-bros-but-nordic-countries-are-not-socialist/#1dfcf6a774ad
Not the latest right wing talking point. Everyone until it came along. But you missed my point.
Schilling Show fans can’t even spell Sweden correctly. They’re not known for their higher thinking abilities.
Well, Juan and Ken, hate to break it to you…but Sweden is not socialist. And “everyone” did not call it such. I know that is convenient to label them as such, they are simply not socialist states. In fact, I reckon such a label is the latest “left-wing talking point.” What’s in a name? Usually–on complex issues–a label is an effort to simplify something to suit one’s point. Like calling someone “racist” because they say we need better border security.
The nubs of the issue are: a) Some believe the theory of man-made global warming and some don’t; b) We have a Constitution that–regardless of labels–many believe should be followed; and that does not include government partaking in many of the functions in which is currently dabbles; and, c) most rational people would happily install solar power, drive electric cars and recycle…when it is market-sensible to do so. Do we go forward with ACO silly radicalism or a sensible, market-based plan for energy independence and sensible earth custodianship?
ACO is an also-ran; she is the latest sensation du jour. She will go away eventually; she is already creating schisms in her party. And ill-educated young voters will eventually realize that things like “living wage, social justice, rich, middle-class, climate change” and all the other buzzwords that mean nothing will change for them; as their needs change, they will see a cute “tiny house” does not meet their needs. There will also be radicals like Sanders and ACO, just like the loonies who fought on August 17…all sides have fringe freaks.
Speaking of fringe freaks and snake-oil salesmen, if y’all will excuse me, I need to call Elon about that space trip for which I’ve been saving.
Is that tired old childish “I’m smarter than you are” the best you have to offer Juan? You might wanna refrain from insulting your opponent’s intellect with such weak drivel. It says more about you than them.
Sweden was a socialist country until it became a convenient right wing talking point that it wasn’t. In a similar vein, Venezuela and North Korea are “socialist” plain and simple, never mind that they’re run by dictators.
I know people who favor the wall and aren’t racists. I know other people who show not the slightest empathy for people fleeing violence. I know people who profess profound respect for U.S. law and U.S. tradition but express no outrage when would-be legal immigrants are prevented from applying for citizenship in accordance with U.S. law, or the votes of black Americans are suppressed. I know people who mock and belittle black Americans wanting white Americans to fully acknowledge the history, extent, and present day effects of white racism. I know people who swear up and down they aren’t racist but sneer at blacks for trying to remove public monuments to racist history.
Laugh at AOC all you want. Sure her plans are unrealistic and unworkable. But at least she doesn’t pretend that something the overwhelming majority of scientists say is a real and extremely serious problem is just a hoax.