Ocasio-Cortez Promotes Green New Deal With Video That Envisions A Democratic Socialist Utopia

From the Daily Caller

  • Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez released a video depicting a utopian future because of the Green New Deal.
  • Democrats take control in 2020 and create a “society that was not only modern and wealthy, but dignified and humane too,” Ocasio-Cortez says in the video.
  • Energy experts and economists are skeptical the Green New Deal is possible or even desirable.

Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez released a video depicting how the Green New Deal would turn the U.S. into a Democratic socialist utopia, complete with a bullet train from New York City to D.C.

The video depicts a future where the Democratic Party takes the Senate and White House in 2020 and enacts a Green New Deal that ends up creating a “society that was not only modern and wealthy, but dignified and humane too,” Ocasio-Cortez says in the video.

Ocasio-Cortez says Americans need to close their eyes and “imagine” a Green New Deal society before it can happen. Meanwhile, energy experts and economists are skeptical the Green New Deal is possible or even desirable.

“We need to be able to close our eyes and imagine it,” Ocasio-Cortez says in the seven-minute cartoon. “We can be whatever we have the courage to see.”

Climate change is here + we’ve got a deadline: 12 years left to cut emissions in half.

A #GreenNewDeal is our plan for a world and a future worth fighting for.

How did we get here?
What is at stake?
And where are we going?

Please watch & share widely ⬇️pic.twitter.com/IMCtS86VXG

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 17, 2019


https://twitter.com/theintercept/status/1118517713322823682/video/1

Ocasio-Cortez introduced the Green New Deal in February, bungling the bill’s roll-out and creating confusion over her signature legislation. Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey introduced a companion bill in the Senate.

The Green New Deal calls for achieving “net-zero” greenhouse gas emissions in 10 years through a massive green energy build-up, including high-speed rail and retrofitting every building. The bill also calls for universal health care and job guarantees. (RELATED: TIME 100 List Includes 16-Year-Old Climate Activist Who Says A ‘Sixth Mass Extinction’ Is Upon Us)

The video comes after the Green New Deal fell flat in Congress. The Green New Deal bill got zero votes in the Senate when it was brought to the floor, and parts of it were rejected by House Democrats during a committee hearing — including a “no” vote from Ocasio-Cortez.

Ocasio-Cortez teamed up with Justice Democrats, anti-capitalist author Naomi Klein and The Intercept, a news organization. Ocasio-Cortez said she’d been collaborating “for months” to get the video finished.

Part of the video focuses on Ileana, who Ocasio-Cortez calls “a true child of the Green New Deal.” Ileana gets a union job restoring wetlands in Louisiana as part of the Green New Deal — at this point there’s a labor shortage because of how massive an undertaking the Green New Deal is, says Ocasio-Cortez.

U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) greets audiences following a televised town hall event in New York

U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) greets audiences following a televised town hall event on the “Green New Deal” in the Bronx borough of New York City, New York, U.S., March 29, 2019. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon.

U.S. Representative Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Markey hold a news conference for their proposed "Green New Deal" at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) hold a news conference for their proposed “Green New Deal” to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in 10 years, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. February 7, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst.

(Somehow all this work, including dismantling pipelines, is accomplished without gas-powered construction equipment.)

Ileana eventually becomes a teacher, then gets elected to Ocasio-Cortez’s seat in Congress. Ocasio-Cortez is recounting all of this while riding the high-speed rail from New York City to Washington, D.C.

Of course, it’s not all rainbows and butterflies, according to Ocasio-Cortez. Sometime in the future, Hurricane Sheldon hits southern Florida and “parts of Miami went underwater for the last time,” the congresswoman says.

However, Ocasio-Cortez says Americans were “lucky” to have enacted a Green New Deal and moved away from fossil fuels when they did — though climate models show the Green New Deal would have no material impact on projected warming.

“But as we battled the floods, fires and droughts, we knew how lucky we were to have started acting when we did,” Ocasio-Cortez says.

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141 thoughts on “Ocasio-Cortez Promotes Green New Deal With Video That Envisions A Democratic Socialist Utopia

  1. ” at this point there’s a labor shortage because of … the Green New Deal”

    Well perhaps if you weren’t offering “economic security for all who are … unwilling to work”, you might not have a labor shortage.

    • I would be unwilling to work if there was enough money in it for me. In fact, I would be unwilling to work several jobs, if the pay is right.

      Socialists can’t give the American taxpayer’s money away fast enough. They delight in spending other people’s money.

      • They strive to soak the rich, by giving the money to the little people, and they always see themselves as little and poor and abused.

      • There is nothing wrong with Democratic Socialism. Most of Europe, Australia, New Zealand and plenty of other modern societies are evidence. Their education, health and social security systems rank higher than that of the US.

        “energy experts and economists are skeptical the Green New Deal is possible or even desirable”

        None of whom have any idea about how the other half lives.

        • What you call democratic socialism is capitalist countries using the money capitalism creates to pay for social programs. Our countries are not democratic socialist.

      • Cortez is as dumb as a bag of rocks and those who follow her are even dumber. You are correct,Venezuela and NK are shining examples of the end result of her beliefs.

        • Excuse me, but to a highly trained petrologist, those rocks you denigrate contain a surprising amount of information about their petrogenesis that far exceeds anything I’ve ever heard from AOC! She is therefore DUMBER than a bag of rocks–any bag of rocks–NOT “as dumb as”! Thank you!

      • You need not go there. Show pictures of life in Poland, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, in the 70’s or Hungary in 1956, or Ukraine in the 30’s, or China in the 60’s, North Korea today, or Russian food stores in the fly over country before and after 91. Show me a true socialist country and I will show you a true disaster.

        Socialism eliminates all incentive for achievement other than to rise to the next level of power. Watching your back or existing in place is not what the pursuit of happiness is.

        • The Democrat party is today a good example of what socialism will look like when you see how they treat Trump in his pursuit of happiness for the American people.

    • It always gets back to the same question …

      Is she that much of a lying, conniving, evil waste of oxygen; or is she so seriously ignorant and deluded that she thinks money comes out of the big vault in the back of the mansion (like Scrooge McDuck).

      (my opinion is that she-guevara is the former)

      • Ocasional espouses a form of keynesian; i.e. “Modern Monetary System where,

        “Keynesianism, or the idea of “full employment” from the “multiplying factor” of government spending, or via a government-granted banking monopoly printing tons of money, and handing it to the politicians to spend it on pork projects”

        Kimberley Strassel ‘I WAS LAUGHING SO HARD I NEARLY CRIED’ summarizes that attitude:

        Kimberley Strassel @KimStrassel
        Replying to @KimStrassel
        7)And how to pay for mass trillions in cost? Don’t worry! Federal Reserve will just “extend credit” And “new public banks can be created to extend credit too.” Because, you know, like, money is just paper, and how hard can it be to make some more of the stuff, right? Right?

        Liked 9,032
        6:57 PM – Feb 7, 2019″

      • Well … she doesn’t need those glasses for starters. Props are the first choice of artistes, scammers and charlatans.

        Love all the fawning from guys old enough to be her (grand)father.

        No other wimmin in shot.

        There are two things that smell of fish. One of them is fish.

    • Did I read it right, that this girl was sent to the killing fields and survived, later to become a Senator? Presumable she survived by informing on all those around her.

  2. Delusion is spreading, already effecting a large part of the democrat party and many warmists, now the infection is being broadcasted to the world.

    I cringe that so many humans fall so easily for this bullcrap!

      • It’s called the education system during eight years of Obama.

        Throw in a few years of Bush-hate before that, and you can thank your school and universities for the results.

    • I cringe that so many humans fall so easily for this bullcrap!

      Humans have always fallen for this crap.

      The term “sapiens” is a misnomer in the vast majority of people.

      Ever since we became sapiens we stopped thinking.

      • It is significant that she insists that we ‘close our eyes’.

        Can’t see reality that way.

    • Kids no longer being taught science – ANY science – at school… what can we expect?
      Not being taught critical thinking, biology, reason or logic… not even “Civics” in class any longer, so they don’t understand how corrupted the political Left has become… And it’s all BY DESIGN.
      This is the new, socialist agenda, to get your children so stupid that they don’t recognise what’s happening to the world which our forefathers created.

  3. Her green deal actually refers the money she expects to make from her book deal. Bernie said you can become a millionaire if you write a book.

    • I though she says she wants them to die in the swamps of Louisiana.

      Stupid socialist. If you want to use a carrot and stick approach, put the carrot on the far end of the stick.

  4. ‘wealthy, but dignified and humane’

    Zero possibility of Adolf Osasio-Cortez producing any of those things for anyone – pretty much almost exactly the opposite.

    This is a brain-dead twit that was created – there’s no way she could have been born this stupid.

    I’d say she’s got an iron-clad lawsuit against the institutions who did this to her – an education that I’m sure contributed to the national debt.

    • Indeed. Old crazy-eyes would make this nation into another Venezuela and “wealthy, but dignified and humane” is not a description anyone with eyes to see and a brain to think would use to describe current day Venezuela.

  5. This is how you identify the soup of ignorance mixed with immaturity: One will pull an outrageous prediction from ones nether regions completely devoid of reality without an understanding that they will still be alive to explain why this timex watch we call earth is still ticking. At her age 50 years should have been the lower limit of her doomsday prediction.

  6. Ocasio-Cortez says Americans need to close their eyes and “imagine” a Green New Deal society before it can happen. Meanwhile, energy experts and economists are skeptical the Green New Deal is possible or even desirable.

    Sorry AOC, Americans really need to “OPEN” their eyes and see where exactly the Socialist Democratic Left is trying to take (tank) the economy

  7. You know, you guys here at WUWT are luxuriating in your orgasmic joys of dissing on Ocasio Cortez, as the socialist you most love to hate, but of course you are fooling yourselves if you think she represents your real opposition. She is a cartoon character whom the media loves to go to because, just like your beloved Trump, she is a 24 hour a day train wreck of stupid commentary and endless trolling.

    You do realize that the Democratic party completely rejected her “Green New Deal” .. because normal people don’t believe in faerie tales and unicorns. Indeed, Nancy Pelosi makes it a point to troll Ocasio Cortez, just for fun, to make sure she stays discredited with the vast majority of democrats.

    It may be fun to focus on her, but it is entirely tiresome, just like your man-love for Trump is equally tiresome.

    Stick to science and fact, and leave the political masturbation for people who want to engage in such mental self-abuse, whether it be on Fox News Channel or on MSNBC. The vast majority of Americans aren’t into any of that.

    • Duane,

      Unfortunately, a vast number of people are incapable of understanding the actual science and instead faithfully accept the fake science concocted by the IPCC in its devious attempt to contrive a consensus around the reports it generates in order to justify its own existence in support of the evil agenda of the UNFCCC.

      • Not voting for it *is* rejecting it. No legislation ever got passed by voting “present” instead of voting “yes”.

        • The main reason to vote present is to weasel out of committing to a fringe position that you know is insane. If you vote yes, you’ll be labeled an idiot while voting no would inspire the fringes of your political party to plot against your re-election. It’s the cowards way to vote on a controversial issue.

    • there’s a thing called a url bar in browser. if you don’t enter this url you won’t see this.
      site description under the about bar says this:
      About Watts Up With That? News and commentary on puzzling things in life, nature, science, weather, climate change, technology, and recent news by Anthony Watts
      see that recent news section? this counts.
      deal with it.

    • Duane wrote, “Stick to science and fact,…,” something you serially fail to do, Duane.

      And dissing Trump as you do, who did you support? Perhaps Hillary the rapist-enabling, Benghazi-lying, email-deleting unindicted felon? Or Bernie, friend and admirer of socialist mass murderers everywhere?

      Or maybe Jill Stein? A physician and mother whose progressivist green policies would destroy the health of children world-wide.

    • So far, focusing on AOC and her verbal diarrhea has been effective. Pelosi’s attempts to distance the balance of the Democratic Party far away from AOC have only been recognized as “a hostage video”. I think we should keep after it!

    • Duane, you missed entirely the fact that she does have a following and she knows it. She’s only taking advantage of what is available, which includes the media flocking to her and diligently recording and publishing all of her pronouncements, as if she’s some sort of god-like critter, when in fact, she’s nothing but a babbling bimbo from the Bronx.

      But if you don’t know about the stupidity level she promotes – which she and her backup guys are counting on – then you aren’t paying attention.

    • Duane,

      One of my favorite movie lines … John Matuszak.

      “Every time I call it a game you call it a business; every time I call it a business you call it a game. Your nothing but a bunch of chicken shit —- suckers!!!

      Sticking only to science and fact would allow/encourage others to twist/define the issue otherwise (emotionally, collectively, politically, etc.).

      North Dallas Forty (10/10) Movie CLIP – It’s a … – YouTube
      Search domain http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6mpHW3SMcchttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6mpHW3SMcc

    • “Duane April 18, 2019 at 12:21 pm

      Indeed, Nancy Pelosi makes it a point…”

      During riots in Northern Ireland where a woman was shot.

    • You do realize that the Democratic party completely rejected her “Green New Deal”

      while they rejected it (by not voting for it) they didn’t do so “completely”, they took the coward’s option of voting “present” (called not taking a stand) while at the same time espousing support for it (called giving it lip service).

    • Given that many of the Progressives who are announced Presidential candidates have backed the GND, it would be safe to say the Democrats have NOT rejected this lunacy, which was designed to attract those voters who still believe in Santa Claus.

      • Given that many of the Progressives who are announced Presidential candidates have backed the GND, it would be safe to say the Democrats have NOT rejected this lunacy

        And yet, every single one of them refused to vote *for* the legislation when it came up for a vote in the Senate. Not a single “yes” vote to be found from any of them. That tells you how serious to take their backing.

    • When the Green New Deal was put up for vote in the Senate even Sen Markey didn’t vote for it. I’m assuming he would like to be reelected and not have to get a real job.

  8. “Ocasio-Cortez says Americans need to close their eyes and “imagine” a Green New Deal society before it can happen.”

    so I did…I closed my eyes and saw Venezuela

    I opened my eyes and saw the BS…..

      • J Mac (April 18, 2019 at 1:56 pm)
        your comment reminded me of some more I’ve heard…
        She has the depth of a parking lot puddle.
        Her team would follow her anywhere, mostly out of curiosity.
        A woman with her IQ should have a low voice too!
        After hearing her, I’ve decided to reconsider abortion in cases of incest (actually not but it seemed to fit).
        Diarrhea of the mouth; constipation of the ideas.
        Makes one wonder if she ate paint chips as a kid (if you’re old enough to remember lead in paint).
        As for Pelosi discrediting her: (these from despair inc.)
        There comes a time when every team must learn to make individual sacrifices.
        Ignorance: It’s amazing how much easier it is for a team to work together when no one has any idea where they are going.
        It is best not to stand between a competitive jerk and her goals.
        It could just be that the purpose of your life is to serve as a warning to others.
        It is difficult to believe how insane some people can be, especially when you’re insane.
        Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

  9. Part of the video focuses on Ileana, who Ocasio-Cortez calls “a true child of the Green New Deal.” Ileana gets a union job restoring wetlands in Louisiana as part of the Green New Deal — at this point there’s a labor shortage because of how massive an undertaking the Green New Deal is, says Ocasio-Cortez.

    Lets do a little repair work to that statement…

    Part of the video focuses on Ileana, who Ocasio-Cortez calls “a true child of the Green New Deal.” Ileana gets a union job restoring wetlands in Louisiana as part of the Green New Deal — at this point there’s a labor shortage because of how massive an undertaking the Green New Deal is everyone is forced to work 2 jobs to be able to afford the cost of the Green New Deal Bill , says Ocasio-Cortez

  10. The worst possible outcome of climate change
    would be overreacting to a non-existent problem,
    and ruining the U.S. economy with a scheme
    from a complete dingbat, Alexandria Occasionally
    Coherent, invented by the Green Party,
    that would cost $100 trillion, is not even close to being
    feasible, would increase CO2 emissions during the
    manufacturing of a huge number of wind turbines
    and solar panels over the next decade, and CO2 emissions
    would continue to rise after 10 years, because no Asian nations
    would be stupid enough to have their own Green
    New Deal (Green Ordeal) to ruin their own economies !

    All this to stop the global warming,
    which we have observed for 7i years, in the era
    of man made CO2 emissions since 1940,
    cause unknown … but even if you blame it all
    on CO2, total warming of +0.6 degrees C. in 78 years,
    is a warming rate of only 0.077 degrees C. per decade,
    which is only one quarter of the warming rate climate
    alarmists predict with the average computer game
    climate model ( +0.3 degrees C. per decade ).

    Based on my reading of climate science articles and
    studies in the past 21 years, I believe the global warming
    since the 1690s — over 300 years of warming, of at least
    +2 degrees C., has been 100% good news.

    Only a fool would want to stop 300+ years of very
    pleasant, mild global warming, which mainly affects
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    So, winter nights are warmer in Alaska
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    Please send some global warming
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    too cold when I moved to Michigan in 1977,
    and it is still too cold here in 2019 !

    Global warming ?
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    Give me more !

    Past global warming was
    300+ years of good news !

    Future global warming
    is ALWAYS predicted as
    100% bad news … but the
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    Every prediction of an environmental
    catastrophe, since the DDT warnings
    in the early 1960’s, has been WRONG.

    100% wrong !

    Only a fool would listen to AOL now
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    • I have wondered in passing if maybe some Trump operatives colluded with… someone…somehow…to get that idiot AOC elected. That’s a trap the MSM could not fail to fall into.

      • It wouldn’t surprise me any ….. and it wouldn’t have had to have been Trump operatives to instigate that coup to un-seat Joseph Crowley and get AOC elected. Could have been Tea Partiers, conservative Repubs or even a Bronx group that wanted Crowley defeated.

        Strange things have happened before, like Bill Clinton emerging as the front-runner for the POTUS nomination after the first set of primaries in February 1992. The US economy was headed for the “cesspool” and none of the “top” Dems or Repubs really wanted to be elected POTUS because they knew that them personally and their Party would be blamed for the dastardly recession looming on the horizon.

        Thus, via a combined effort of both Parties the philandering female chasing political “nobody” from Arkansas was elected POTUS to take the fall when the bottom fell out. And life would still remain safe and great for the DC Swamp Critters. But no one foreseen the Dot.Com Explosion and “clueless” Bill Clinton was sitting in the “driver’s seat” when it happened and got all the credit for the 1st Budget Surplus ever.

        • Samuel C Cogar

          Bill Clinton was sitting in the “driver’s seat” when it happened and got all the credit for the 1st Budget Surplus ever.

          It is actually even worse than that: There would never have been a budget surplus – nor even a reduction in debt under Bill Clinton’s regime! – without ANOTHER Outsider (Newt Gingrich) who swept into power in the House of Representatives by REPLACING the “insiders” in both parties with new people.

        • Bill Clinton was sitting in the “driver’s seat” when it happened and got all the credit for the 1st Budget Surplus ever.

          Except the “budget surplus” was a chimera created from accounting trickery. The debt increased that year, meaning there was no real surplus (if there really was a surplus, than the debt would decrease as the surplus is used to payoff outstanding debt). While Clinton did cut back on public debt (with the effect that it looked like he was running a surplus), he did so by increasing intra-government debt IE issuing more IOUs to government agencies (like social security) which count debt as an asset in order to cover the short fall as well as refinancing the public debt at lower interest rates and longer payback terms.

          • Except the “budget surplus” was a chimera created from accounting trickery.

            OH GOOD GRIEF, …… I suppose you will next be telling us that the Flying Spaghetti Monster publishes them.

            Ya’ll quit blowing smoke in my direction and thinking it will confuse my brain neurons.

            It was called the Dot.Com Explosion for one and only one reason.

            The EXPLODING personal and commercial value of all facets associated with the personal computers and the internet …… which caused tax monies to be delivered to the Treasury by the “truckloads”.

            “YUP”, …..“truckloads” of tax money that was NEVER budgeted for.

            So, ya’ll GETTA clue.

            Iffen your income revenue is LESS than what you budgeted for, … or your expenditures are GREATER than what you budgeted for, …… it’s called a Budget Deficit.

            Iffen your income revenue is GREATER than what you budgeted for, …. or your expenditures are LESS than what you budgeted for, ……. it’s called a Budget Surplus.

            The US Federal government is notorious for their fiscal Budget Deficits because they are notorious for spending 5x as much money as they collect in taxes, etc. It is so BAD that they haven’t even prepared and approved a Budget in the past 5+ years.

          • OH GOOD GRIEF, …… I suppose you will next be telling us that the Flying Spaghetti Monster publishes them.

            Don’t get upset because you can’t handle the facts. There was no surplus. The government spent more than it had (which is why the DEBT continued to INCREASE, it had to borrow from social security trust fund to make up the difference. If there really was a surplus they would not need to borrow, period. Your getting upset about those facts won’t change them one iota. too bad, so sad.

          • John Endicott – April 19, 2019 at 6:37 pm

            Don’t get upset because you can’t handle the facts.

            Look into a mirror, John, and you will surely see your face along with a few other deniers that Trump was found innocent of Russian collusion ……. simply because you refuse to admit being wrong about anything no matter what it is or was, ……. such as this, to wit:

            President Clinton oversaw a very robust (Dot.Com Explosion) economy during his tenure. The U.S. had strong economic growth (around 4% annually) and record job creation (22.7 million). He raised taxes on higher income taxpayers early in his first term and cut defense spending and welfare, which contributed to a rise in revenue and decline in spending relative to the size of the economy. These factors helped bring the federal budget into surplus from fiscal years 1998–2001, the only surplus years after 1969.

            Below are the budgetary results for President Clinton’s two terms in office:
            He had budget surpluses for fiscal years 1998-2001, the only such years from 1970-2016. Clinton’s final four budgets were balanced budgets with surpluses, beginning with the 1997 budget.

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economic_policy_of_the_Bill_Clinton_administration

          • Bwahahah. Sam you’ve just described *yourself*. And seriously, wikipedia? Bwahahahahaha.

            The gross national debt increased every year Clinton was in office. EVERY SINGLE YEAR. Dude, debt does not go *UP* when you have a surplus.

            The amount the gross federal debt * increased* for each year under Clinton:
            FY 2001 – $133 billion.
            FY 2000 – $18 billion.
            FY 1999 – $130 billion.
            FY 1998 – $113 billion.
            FY 1997 – $188 billion.
            FY 1996 – $251 billion.
            FY 1995 – $281 billion.
            FY 1994 – $281 billion.

            Perhaps some illustrative numbers would help you understand.
            We have 3 factors to consider. Spending, revenue, and debt.
            Let’s say we spend 100
            You claim we had a surplus of 2
            but our debt went up by 5
            What is the amount of revenue we had?

            Your first guess is to say 98 (spend – surplus or 100 – 2). If that’s your answer you still need to explain where the 5 in debt comes in? If you have a surplus, you don’t need to borrow that 5 but you did borrow the five, so clearly you don’t have a surplus and neither did Clinton. What he had, as explained to you before, is accounting trickery that resulted in the chimera of a surplus. He reduced public debt but did so by increasing government held debt which then is ignored in “calculating” his surplus (because it’s treated as an asset instead off a liability, as pubic debt is treated but it’s still an obligation that a future budget is expect to pay back). The budget revenue was still less than budget expenses otherwise he would not have needed to issue more debt resulting to make up the difference thus increasing in the gross national debt.

          • John Endicott – April 20, 2019 at 10:32 am

            Bwahahah. Sam you’ve just described *yourself*. And seriously, wikipedia? Bwahahahahaha.

            The gross national debt increased every year Clinton was in office. EVERY SINGLE YEAR. Dude, debt does not go *UP* when you have a surplus.

            John, seriously now, …. you really, really, REALLY need to educated yourself on how the US Federal Government does its Fiscal Year “accounting” relative its revenue and expenditures.

            Budget Surplus: Clinton and His Economy

            By Michael Linden | March 7, 2011
            When Bill Clinton took office in January 1993, the federal budget deficit was projected to be $310 billion that year, or about 5 percent of GDP. The Congressional Budget Office was also projecting that five years later, in 1998, the federal budget would still be in the red to the tune of $357 billion, or 4.5 percent of GDP. At the time, the CBO called the deficit outlook, “grim.”

            Five years later, the United States enjoyed its first federal budget surplus in nearly 30 years—an incredible turnaround given the bleak projections at the beginning of the Clinton administration.
            https://www.americanprogress.org/press/release/2011/03/07/14349/release-the-real-heroes-of-the-1998-budget-surplus-clinton-and-his-economy/

            THE U.S. FEDERAL BUDGET

            In the 40-year period from FY 1965 to FY 2005, the Federal Government experienced a budget surplus in only five fiscal years. The government had a modest surplus of $3.2 billion in FY 1969. In fiscal years 1998 through 2001, the government had surpluses of $69.2, $125.5, $236.2, and $128.2 billion respectively. In all other years of the 1965—2005 period, the government experienced deficits, reaching a record deficit of $412 billion in 2004 (and a projected deficit of $331 billion in FY 2005).

            The government’s exceptional performance between FY 1998—2001 was due to a combination of deliberate cuts in expenditures, particularly in the defense sector, and a booming economy due to the expansion of the Internet.
            https://www.inc.com/encyclopedia/budget-surplus.html

          • Sam you seriously really need to educate yourself on simple remedial level math. You don’t have a surplus if you are borrowing more money. Period. The gross national debt INCREASED every year during Clinton’s era. EVERY SINGLE YEAR. That’s NOT a surplus.

            To reiterate: The amount the gross federal debt *INCREASED* for each year under Clinton:
            FY 2001 – $133 billion.
            FY 2000 – $18 billion.
            FY 1999 – $130 billion.
            FY 1998 – $113 billion.
            FY 1997 – $188 billion.
            FY 1996 – $251 billion.
            FY 1995 – $281 billion.
            FY 1994 – $281 billion.

            You can keep repeating the widely held myth about Clinton surpluses till the cows come home it won’t change the very simple irrefutable fact that the government BORROWED MORE MONEY in those years (as I listed above) meaning they did NOT have a real surplus. That they used accounting trickery (depending on issuing more intra-government debt which gets counted as an asset instead of the liability that it really is instead of issuing more public debt which is counted as the liability that it is) doesn’t change the very simple fact that issuing more debt means they did not have a surplus in any real sense (if you have a surplus you don’t need to issue more debt. period.) As stated before Clinton’s “surplus” was a chimera, the gross national debt continuing to increase reveals that chimera for what it was.

          • John Endicott – April 20, 2019 at 5:53 pm

            As stated before Clinton’s “surplus” was a chimera, the gross national debt continuing to increase reveals that chimera for what it was..

            John, …… GETTA CLUE, …… all “budgets” are half-chimeras, meaning, to wit:

            chimera = a thing that is hoped or wished for but in fact is illusory or impossible to achieve.”

            Whereas, …… ALL ….. Federal government “budgets” are actual chimeras, to wit:

            chimera = a thing that is hoped or wished for but in fact is illusory or impossible to achieve.”

            Call it whatever you want, Endicott, ……. but it was the belief of tens-of-millions of voters in Clinton’s “budget surplus” that got him elected to a 2nd term.

            End of story.

          • Get yourself a CLUE Sam. Better yet get clued into reality. The reality of the situation is that the myth you believed isn’t true, yet you keep clinging to that myth. Just because “tens-of-millions of voters” believe something (an assertion without evidence by the way. Just because they voted for Clinton doesn’t mean they voted for him because of “budget surpluses”, indeed, I suspect most voters don’t even understand what that term means let alone use is a reason for voting for a particular candidate) still doesn’t make what they believe to be true. If those “tens-of-millions” believe in the flying spaghetti monster that still doesn’t make the FSM real. The reality is the debt continued to increase even in the years Clinton supposedly had a surplus. The amount the debt increases in a year is called a deficit not a surplus. the two things are incompatible, you can’t have a surplus *and* an increase in debt. It’s one or the other, never both. And as the gross debt demonstrably increased, than means there was no surplus. Period. End of story, like it or not.

      • You don’t have to go to the GOP side of the aisle to look for someone who gained if Crowley was unseated. Wasn’t ol’ Joe a challenger for Ms. Pelosi’s role of Speaker?

        He was too complacent in a district that Nancy said this week could have been won by a glass of water with a D on it.

        It is possible Nancy helped get rid of Crowley only to find a bigger problem on her hands.

        • You might be 100% correct, George D.

          The one(s) behind it never get their fingers dirty doing it.

    • “I wonder if she knows where money comes from?”

      Tarifs on goods imported from other countries made by American companies that moved operations to countries with more competitive tax politics and fewer harmful regulatory burdens.

    • She has said that the government can run the printing presses as hard as they want to, because it has no affect on the economy.

      • You’d think someone with an economics degree would understand that fiat money is not wealth. It’s a claim on wealth. If claims exceed the wealth available, the claims devalue (also known as inflation). If they devalue enough, you might as well take those crisp fresh-printed bills to the toilet, because you won’t have enough of them to even buy toilet paper.

      • Few countries tried that like zimbabwe,Venezuela they went into HyperInflation and it has not turned out so well 🙂

    • The rich people, like Scrooge McDuck, keep and hoard it in a big vault off of their master bedroom.

      They sometimes take some of it out by using a snow shovel.

      They should be required to share.

      • They also dive in and take a swim in all their money. Quite how they do that without bruising themselves on all the gold coins is a mystery.

    • The same place power for the “charging stations everywhere” comes from; like, somewhere over there!

      Remember, if you Imagine It hard enough, you can do it!

  11. A cartoon is about right. These folks are scary but they will fall like a bag of cement when confronted directly and openly. Climate is going from the fringe to the top of the list but not in the way AOC and Bernie think. Thanks for handing us the metaphorical bat. We know how to use it.

  12. If good weather happens, then it is “because we acted”, but if bad weather then it is because we have not done enough, see it is a win-win for leftists.

  13. I’m not sure why she’s advocating that her followers close their eyes. They certainly haven’t been open at any point previously.

  14. I can totally imagine the situation.

    Forced spending of money, which we do not have, on stuff that does not work, to solve a problem that does not exist.

    Emotions and Cult Stuff: 11
    Evidence of Critical Thought: 0

    https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47976184

    Climate change: Sir David Attenborough warns of ‘catastrophe’

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-47974244

    Extinction Rebellion: Climate protests ‘diverting’ London police

    Police are being diverted from “core local duties” that keep London safe by the Extinction Rebellion protesters, Scotland Yard has said.

    Since the group was set up last year, members have shut bridges, poured buckets of fake blood outside Downing Street, blockaded the BBC and stripped semi-naked in Parliament.

    It has three core demands: for the government to “tell the truth about climate change”; to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025; and to create a citizens’ assembly to oversee progress.

    Controversially, the group is trying to get as many people arrested as possible.
    But critics say they cause unnecessary disruption and waste police time when forces are already overstretched.

  15. Is blackface a serious issue? If so look at this video. “Rosie the Riveter” has been blackfaced. This is far worse than blackface as it attempts to revise and co-opt historical memes.

    • Diversity or color judgment a.k.a. “identity politics”. One step forward, two steps backward. Progress.

    • Diversity, including racism, sexism, and, with social progress, genderism (e.g. orientation, medical corruption), etc.

  16. What a vision, all in water colors, you know there will be a big helping of “soak the rich” in there. I love how she paid homage to the wisdom of Indigenous people. She had the obligatory vilefy oil companies.

  17. Ocasio-Cortez’s statements and now this video would do Hugo Chavez proud. Promise everything wonderful in order to get elected, then when it falls apart, blame the opposition and hopefully imprison them. So far she is not capable of that 3rd step but in 2024 and later she can run for the office of El Presidente. That’s not too many years away.

  18. Saw this on another blog. I blame 100% the parents and grandparents in this country who basically handed their kids over to the government to raise and own. I cannot fathom how so many people can care so very, very little about their children. It’s horrifying. I read about this crap in Russia when I was 6 years old and now I’m watching the fools and lazy jerks here destroy their children and America’s future with it. How any nation that so despises and deplores its own offspring can ever be anything but living hell is beyond me (see NK and Venezuela). Americans flat out asked for this. They demand it and support it because opposition is too much work. Any species that tosses out it’s offspring will die—not from climate change, but from natural law. AOC is promoting human extinction.

  19. So first we kill the fossil fuel industry, destroying trillions of dollars of wealth and throwing 10-20 million people out of work. Those jobless people spent their last dollars relocating to the sunny southwest to install solar panels or the windy midwest to install windmills. When those jobs play out because they’re temporary construction rather than permanent operational, jobs, they’ll have to start subsistence farming between the windmills and scrambling to eat the bats and birds knocked down by the blades before someone else gets that protein. The ones in the desert southwest can rest in the shade of the solar panels (because there is no water for growing food) until they die of dehydration , this leading off the drastic reduction in human population necessary to get down to the revised carrying capacity in the absence of modern centralized agriculture. AOC will never visit the desert 9f the central plains, so she’ll be able to preserve her illusions about a rich and prosperous society full of dignity and humanity.

  20. Road map to tyrannical power:

    1. Adopt a noble cause (the Earth’s biosphere)
    2. Exaggerate the threat to the noble cause (climate crisis)
    3. Propose the one and only solution to the threat (Green New Deal)
    4. Vilify the opponents of your solution as if they opposed the nobel cause (happening ad nauseum)
    5. Demand a sacrifice (usually freedom and wealth) to implement the only solution. (just starting)

    The video is clearly propaganda for a new, socialist tyranny. All the good people in the video are people of color who have been ‘victimized’. All the bad people are depicted as white, wealthy, evil and oppressive. Even James Hansen (as pale as they come) is drawn with dark hands, so that he can be seen as one of the good guys. Almost nothing in the video corresponds to reality, even when it is addressing the past. It is filled with overt and subliminal propaganda in every way imaginable.

    AOC is clearly seeking power, but without the wisdom or knowledge to wield it!

  21. Interesting how this post immediately follows one about the characteristics of a cult.

    Yes Congresswoman AOC, I will close my eyes and imagine. When I do, I see the consequences of a false religion imposed on all of us, and I don’t like it.

  22. She really lives in a world of her own, doesn’t she? Musings of a megalomanic who sees herself as the Green Messiah.

    • I wish she lived there by herself. Unfortunately, more and more people are joining her every day. The people behind AOC know what they are doing. This crap they are putting out is effectively brain washing many, especially when they get the same thing from the media, their college professors and their piers.

      The mistake we make is believing that the climate issue is ultimately a science issue, but that has never been the case. We are in an ideological war, fighting with scientific literacy, and we are greatly outnumbered. It’s like a chess master being thrown into an MMA cage. The chess master may be a whole lot smarter, but he is about to get his ass whipped.

      Revolutions are fought and won by small minorities convincing the majority that what they are doing is okay. They don’t need the masses to fight. They just need the masses to stay out of their way. They do that with a constant stream of propaganda, just like AOC’s video.

      I bet it goes viral!

  23. I guess the (relatively low intensity) war is on…and we didn’t start it.

    The Democratic Socialists will not stop until the US is brought to it’s knees in front of an international socialist tribunal….or Something…in their incoherent,
    misty dreams…so long as America fails. Suicidal idiocy.

    Don’t they know how repulsive and frankly frightening their actions are becoming? They have started crossing lines not breached since the Civil War. These Democratic Socialistsl might do well to remember that not all Americans are gutless Democrats.

    Our sacred Constitution is in peril. These America-hating international socialists are a real threat to everything American.

    I am now on a personal DEFCON 3 status. Never in my life did I ever think I’d be drawn into a mental state where I’d even remotely consider “taking to the streets” to defend this country domestically. I’m pretty close to being there now due to the heavy ramping up of domestic anti-American leftist assualts…to name a few:

    -Russian Collusion Hoax
    -Hillary Crime Cover-ups
    – Climate Hoax…
    – Spying on Political Opponents using Government Agencies…with TOTAL MEDIA and Academic COVER.

    This quasi-criminal enterprise must be forced to act within the bounds of the law. There are no legitimate powers to banish them. I’m willing to fight them on the legitimate battlefield of our system of laws and jurisprudence. If they persist in fighting outside the legal boundaries, they will find a layer of resistance that that will surprise them.

    I have a really full and rewarding life to set aside to get fully involved. I’m just about done being civil and nice to other leftists in my social circles. At least one of my gloves is coming off.

    Me and my leftist friends have only two remaining important concerns in common:

    1.) The Illegitimate power of the ultra-wealthy. The Constitution tries to protect citizens from our own government…but there is nothing protecting U.S. Citizens from the illegitimate power of the ultra wealthy…international and domestic.

    2.) Somewhere between 10 to 15% of our citizens will never be economically productive enough to be self sufficient. We need to find ways to elevate these fellow citizens BY SOME MEANS that doesn’t produce moral hazards that result in wasted lives…like we do now. The mystery of consciousness makes every individual sacred. I’m not willing to use these fellow citizens as political pawns like the Democrats do…destroying lives in the process. We need to find better solutions.

    • I’m trying to figure out what the difference between you and AOC.
      You both want to take money from other people and have the government spend it on you.
      You just have different justifications.

      • I’m no frickin AOC. My brief statement (above) did leave me open to that comparison.

        They ultra wealthy can keep their money. Hell, I don’t want the government to get their hands on any of it where it will all be wasted. Those folks really know how to optimize wealth creation. The more money they make = the more wealth they produced. That’s all great stuff. You can’t have too many Billionaires. The world economy is not a stupid zero sum game.

        Spending that money surreptitiously to buy votes in Congress crosses a moral line. Concentrated power is always a risk to individual liberties. People (like Tom Steyer or the Koch brothers) who use their wealth *without full and open disclosure* to buy votes in Congress crosses a moral line…producing Illegitimate Power. I don’t like that. It corrupts representative government.

        I want to be able to see an easily available list of the people who “own” (top 20 donors and the amounts) each House of Representatives candidate and Senator candidate before I vote for (or against) her or him in the ballot box…on the basis that I’d like to know who I’m REALLY voting for.

        To wit…those who voted for AOC were NOT really voting for her. She was actively searched for, recruited, selected, groomed, promoted and trained (puppet strings attached) for the job…..but by whom? That isn’t good.

      • Fascinating.
        You rail about the power of money and how evil it is, then in the next breath you proclaim that you have no desire to take money away from others. Really.

        The problem is government. A weak government isn’t worth buying. A powerful government will always be bought.

    • All of this can be traced back to the passage of the 17th Amendment which changed the way Senators get to Washington. The 17th eliminated the appointment of Senators by the States and made it a direct election by the people. The Senators are no longer the States safeguard against federal government over reach and intrusion into the States business but are now part of the money influenced swamp in Washington where loyalty is bought and paid for by the elite.

  24. She said she botched the rollout first time around. Her second video try is not an improvement. Close your eyes and imagine electric trains to Hawaii after no more airplanes—after all, the GND hasn’t changed, only her rollout of it. Tried her imagine recommendation and got a Disney-like version of Jules Vernes ‘20000 Leagues under the Sea’ , with the giant squid attacking the GND undersea train instead of the Nautilus.

    She is too dumb to realize how dumb she looks, else would stop trying to look dumb.

  25. Someone forgot to study the difference between argumentative and persuasive writing. Or maybe in college they ONLY teach persuasive speech these days. I will have this to say about Common Core: They get the difference between the two and advocate for argumentative writing.

  26. “We can be whatever we have the courage to see.”

    I encourage her to see herself flying, and then jump off a tall building to test her theory.

    • “She does do sincere well.”

      That’s a common trait of True Believers. They really are sincere. They really do believe what they say. They really do think they have everything figured out.

  27. Dear Bug-eyed Bartender from the Bronx, what exactly is “dignified and humane” about a society based on violent theft?

  28. In the news – Alexandria Ocrazio-Cortez had a “book deal” in the works – but it fell through when she realized they wanted her to WRITE one. She had thought they only wanted her to READ one, and she had already picked out the comic book for the project…

  29. So far the only government system that has successfully created a “society that was not only modern and wealthy, but dignified and humane too,” are democratic republics with free market economies. Lots of them, in fact, from the U.S. to Western Europe, Japan and Korea.

    The communists haven’t done it. Other socialists haven’t succeeded either. Not once. Neither have the fascists, Nazis, theocratic republics or oligarchies. Only free-market, democratic republics.

    Sorry, AOC, it’s not as pretty as you would like it to be, because it allows people to fail, but it’s a whole lot more fair and offers better opportunities for success than all the others.

    P.S. AOC, your autocratic nature is showing.

  30. The problem with any Man-Made-Utopia is that there are people involved.
    Rather than go an enforced “Utopia”, how about going for “Can’t we all just get along?”
    AOC is full of it. She intends to force the rest of to live in her “it”, which will in no way be a not be “Utopia”.

  31. It’s like a comedy skit. She even envokes Sheldon, aka Big Bang Theory. The sad part is that a large percentage of the uneducated masses will believe the lie, just as they did in all past experiments of failed socialist states. AOC being of Latino heritage is more than coincidental when you consider the failed states in Latin America, such as Venezuela, which all perished under the false belief of a socialist utopia.

  32. Listened to the whole thing. The stupidity … it hurts.

    Mostly from how hard I was laughing at her utter lack of ability to Think Cohetently.

  33. Quick, someone clue her in. Water vapor is a greenhouse gas. It increased 7% 1960-2002 and more than 6 water vapor molecules were added to the atmosphere for each CO2 molecule during that period.

  34. Leftists have absolutely no idea how economies work nor why they fail.

    They have a particular difficulty in understanding the unseen negative consequences their insane economic and social policies create.

    Land, labor and capital are finite, and when government hacks misallocate their efficient use, the potential economic growth and societal advancement is greatly curtailed, which ultimately ends in economic and societal collapse or, at least, greatly reduced standards of living and curtailed societal advancement.

    Moreover, the government’s immoral and unethical initiation of force against individuals who oppose their policies is reprehensible.

  35. The Democat leaders are glad to let her and her far left loonies garner all the headlines for now. By comparison it will make Biden look middle of the road acceptable. Clever manipulation of an ever increasing ignorant electorate.

  36. The Green New Deal has momentum.
    – 92 percent of Democrats and 64 percent of Republicans support the Green New Deal

    The vote in the Senate (0-57) says otherwise.

  37. The Democrat party is today a good example of what Socialism will look like when you see how they treat Trump in his pursuit of happiness for the American people.

  38. The only problems with the Green New Deal is that it would devastate the world’s economy resulting in most likely hundreds of millions of premature deaths. and would have no effect on global climate. Despite the hype, there is not real evidence that CO2 has any effect on climate and there is plenty of scientific rationale that the climate sensitivity of CO2 is zero. If you removed all the CO2 from the Earth’s atmosphere it might result in a slight cooling because of the reduction of surface pressure, it would kill off life as we know it, but would have no appreciable effect on global climate. Based on the paleoclimate record and the work done with models, current climate change is very small and is caused by the sun and the oceans over which mankind has no control. Most of what they are calling climate change are really weather cycles that are part of the current climate. Even if we could somehow stop the Earth’s climate from changing, extreme weather events and sea level rise would continue unabated because they are part of the current climate. So, what is the point? There would be no benefit to mankind.

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