“You can’t make this up.”
New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker compared the much-hyped Green New Deal plan to going to the moon and defeating Nazis during a campaign stop in Iowa on Friday.
“There’s a lot of people now going back on the Green New Deal, they’re like: ‘Oh it’s impractical, oh it’s too expensive, oh it’s all of this,'” Booker told an audience of supporters. “If we used to govern our dreams that way, we would have never gone to the Moon. ‘God, that’s impractical. See that ball in the sky? That’s impractical.'”
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Republicans pounced after Booker’s remarks surfaced, with GOP chairwoman Ronna McDaniel uploading a minute and a half clip of his speech to Twitter. “You can’t make this up,” McDaniel quipped in a tweet accompanying the video.
You can’t make this up.
Cory “Spartacus” Booker says adopting the socialist “Green New Deal” would be like defeating the Nazis and putting a man on the moon.pic.twitter.com/QwqegeusJH
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) February 8, 2019
“When the planet has been in peril in the past, who came forward to save Earth from the scourge of Nazis and totalitarian regimes? We came forward,” Booker said in defense of adopting the plan that Republicans have lambasted as wildly unrealistic. “Who came forward to save the planet, or continents, from financial ruin? We came forward with the Marshall Plan. Our history is standing up and saying, ‘look, humanity is in crisis, America is going to be the light and the hope.'”
Among the Green New Deal’s most ardent supporters has been star Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. The freshman congresswoman’s office released an FAQ this week outlining proposals many conservatives found patently absurd. Included in Ocasio-Cortez’s are provisions of “economic security” for individuals who are “unwilling to work,” a plan to “upgrade or replace” every building in the country in the name of “state-of-the-art energy efficiency,” and a push to completely wean the nation off of nuclear energy as soon as possible.
The Green New Deal FAQ anticipates the question that has hounded Ocasio-Cortez on occasions when she’s publicly pushed for socialist-friendly policies: “How will you pay for it?”
Devoting a single paragraph to the response, which announces an intention to have the Federal Reserve “extend credit to power these projects and investments” and to create new public banks “to extend credit,” the document urges focusing on the positives.
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) February 7, 2019
“At the end of the day, this is an investment in our economy that should grow our wealth as a nation, so the question isn’t how will we pay for it, but what will we do with our new shared prosperity,” it reads.
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