The ‘Green New Deal’ and Democratic ‘wisdom’

HARRY C. ALFORD & KAY DEBOW
GUEST COLUMNISTS
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This is not your grandparents’ or parent’s Democratic Party. This is a group of socialistic, inexperienced hotshots who believe they have it all figured out.

One of the rising stars is a 30-year-old aggressive (beyond progressive) from The Bronx. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) has become a major player in the leadership of the new farleft leaning Democratic National Committee. She believes she has it all figured out.

Experienced waitress

I guess she formed this while she worked her previous profession – bartender and waitress at a neighborhood restaurant. She has accomplished one major victory. She out-campaigned a veteran Democrat who was an active member of the Ways & Means Committee.

Her first ambition is to implement a new overall approach to environmentalism. She doesn’t sit on the Environmental Committee, but that isn’t stopping her. (She is also a member of the Democratic Socialists of America.)

This month, she unveiled her answer to the world’s climate problems. With no background or apparent research, she has put together a very aggressive and provocative proposition for us to accept and blindly follow her lead, though she has no proven leadership experience.

With only her bachelor’s degree from Boston University, she has come up with a scientific strategy that will save our earth from the evil effects of climate change. Her budget for this endeavor is estimated at over $100 trillion. That is more than 400 percent of our current national debt.

The Green New Deal

She wants to remove all cows from our earth. Her intentions are to alleviate us from the methane gas that is caused by their farting. Imagine no more beef. This would be the demise of one of the most important sources for our sustenance.

The meat sections of our grocery stores will be no more. Likewise, there goes our dairy section: milk, butter, ice cream, etc. There go our groceries stores and some of the important ingredients in most of our cuisine. No more restaurants and cafeterias as we know them. Bye bye Arby’s, Burger King, McDonald’s and the like. How many millions of jobs is that going to cost?

Ranchers beware! AOC has planned your demise. Without ranches, there would be no need for meatpacking plants. The trucking industry will come to a halt. All the food stock that is grown for the cattle industry ‒ corn, wheat, soybeans, etc. ‒ will go away overnight. Goodbye Archer Daniels, Quaker Oats and the like.

Heavy farming equipment manufacturers such as John Deere, Caterpillar, etc. will wither away. Millions of jobs will cease. We are talking about an economic crisis that will make the Great Depression look like a picnic. What about leather products? Imagine a world without shoes, furniture, coats, etc. Can’t play or watch football and baseball without balls to carry or hit.

This is just the starting components of a holocaust on our cattle industry. How do we replace the lost nutrition and the trillions of dollars? She does not provide any hint of a funding mechanism for this Armageddon.

There are other nuggets from this preposterous proposal that is surprisingly gathering support from her socialist comrades. How about ending the airplane industry? All future travel should be by high-speed rail. Try that traveling abroad across the major oceans of the world.

How is it done?

She demands a 100-percent transition to renewable energy within 10 years, but doesn’t explain how to do it. She demands that we eliminate the use of fossil fuels completely. That would be about 1 million jobs. Where do the unemployed go? AOC wants to replace or upgrade every building in the entire United States with environmental technology within ten years. How much would this cost?

How about requiring government-provided health care, jobs, wages, paid vacations, retirement benefits, housing, food, college, “access to nature” and dozens of other “goodies” such as cash to those who are not willing to work? The list goes on.

The most surprising thing is that the Democratic Party is seriously considering her proposal, which is being discussed and considered within the halls of Congress right now. Washington, D.C., is turning into the proverbial cuckoo’s nest. May God save our country and slap us out of this Fantasyland-type of political leadership.

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Harry C. Alford is the cofounder and president/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC). Kay DeBow is the NBCC co-founder. Contact them via www.nationalbcc.org

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