Michael Ottavio | United States
Senate Majority Leader and brilliant tactician, Mitch McConnell, is currently gearing up to take Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal,” a proposed solution to climate change and a massive economic overhaul program, to the Senate floor for a vote.
This comes as no surprise as we’ve seen this type of action from McConnell in the past. The basic premise of taking the bill to the Senate floor is to get Senate Democrats on record by having them choose a side on this extremely controversial issue.
What’s the Green New Deal?
The Green New Deal is new legislation laid out by freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts. The new legislation proposes a massive overhaul to energy, farming, and transportation sectors in a very small time frame as well as major economic reforms in order to curb climate change. Other aspects of the Green New Deal are to achieve net zero carbon emissions in the next decade, install high-speed railways to begin phasing out air travel, and overhaul all buildings to meet new emission standards. All of this would be more expensive than anything the United States has ever undertaken and would cripple our economy if the government were to just print the money for it, as proposed by Ocasio-Cortez when asked how to pay for it. So far, the GND has been supported by more than 70 House Democrats and 12 Senate Democrats.
Recently, controversy over the actual contents of the bill has sparked some heated debates which, at this point, seems intentional. A copy of the new legislation published on Ocasio-Cortez’s website was pulled off very soon after. The copy of the bill that was put on the site seemed to include very socialist economic reforms, including but not limited to economic benefits for those who are unwilling to work.
As soon as the ridiculousness of the bill was pointed out, Ocasio-Cortez immediately had the bill yanked off of her website and republished it, accusing Republicans of spreading fake information about her legislation.
The Tactics of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Ocasio-Cortez is not a stupid person, and she knows exactly what she did. Cortez put forth legislation with the sole intent to virtue signal. She put ridiculous aspects in the bill and then named it the Green New Deal, an obvious play on FDR’s New Deal policies. Her plan was simple but effective: plant something you know Republicans will go after, yank it, and then accuse them of lying. What is left afterward is a bunch of conservatives anRepublicanan lawmakers looking like they’re trying as hard as they can to oppose climate change initiatives at all cost, something AOC knows most Americans support in one respect or another. In short, the entire goal of this was to make Republicans and conservatives look bad.
Mitch McConnell decides to step in and save the day. The Senate Majority Leader sees what’s going on here and is now looking to take the Green New Deal to the Senate floor. The entire goal of this move is to stop the back and forth nonsense that could end up doing more harm to Republicans in the public eye and McConnell sees that. He is forcing Democrats to actually go on record by supporting this ridiculous piece of legislation. This is a put up or shut up moment for the Democrats, as all of the current Democratic presidential candidates for 2020 have signed onto the Green New Deal.
It will be interesting to watch this play out as this is not the first time we’ve seen McConnell make a move like this. He is aiming to tackle the problem head first and put an end to the pointless back and forth once and for all. McConnell shows time and time again he is not afraid of the Democrats, and he knows exactly how to handle them. One can only hope that the rest of the Republican Party learns from Mitch McConnell and spends less time engaging in obvious traps and more time taking real action when it’s needed.
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