There has been much publicity about the Green New Deal which was released in the U.S. House of Representatives February 7, 2019, by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA). This fourteen-page resolution “recognizes the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal” and pushes for transitioning the United States to use 100% green renewable energy by 2030. It cites human activity as a cause for climate change resulting in global warming, “wildfires, severe storms, droughts that threaten human life, healthy communities and critical infrastructure.” The Green New Deal would “counteract systemic injustices” such as hourly wage stagnation, erosion of earnings and bargaining power, large racial wealth divide, and the gender earnings gap, primarily in “frontline and vulnerable communities.” It also pushes for “stopping current, preventing future, and repairing historic oppression of indigenous communities, communities of color, migrant communities, depopulated rural communities, the poor, low-income workers, women, the elderly, the unhoused, people with disabilities, and youth,” again referred to as “frontline and vulnerable communities.”
The document refers to the “social cost of carbon” that has been part of the Obama administration’s plans for addressing climate change.
Masked as addressing climate change, this Green New Deal takes a page out of history and builds itself on the concept of FDR’s New Deal calling for a massive mobilization of our communities, government and the people on the scale of World War II.
Under the surface are the currents of a tyrannical reach into every aspect of American life. It calls for providing “all the people of the United States with high-quality health care, affordable, safe, and adequate housing, economic security, and access to clean water, clean air, healthy and affordable food, and nature.” According to reports, the Green New Deal will redirect money to the “real job creators who make our communities more healthy, sustainable and secure.” This includes programs that will “create 20 million jobs, both directly and indirectly, by implementing a nationally-funded, locally-controlled, direct employment initiative replacing unemployment offices with local employment offices.”
Similar to FDR’s New Deal, the Green New Deal would “include WPA-style public jobs program to secure the right to decently paid work through public jobs for unemployed and those presently working in low paid service-sector jobs.” Jobs would be focused on Sustainable energy, energy efficiency retrofitting of buildings for insulation and efficiency, mass transit and “complete streets” that promote safe bike and pedestrian traffic, regional food systems based on sustainable organic agriculture, clean manufacturing, and public services such as education, youth programs, child care, and senior care.
The cost of a program for the federal government “as an employer of last resort would be relatively small, around 1-2% of GDP because it corresponds with huge savings in unemployment insurance as it pays people to work rather than paying them to not work.” Bernie Sander’s 2016 presidential campaign called for the creation of 13 million living-wage jobs that would be included in the Green New Deal. Jill Stein, Green Party 2016 presidential candidate support of the New Green Deal calls for a higher estate tax on the wealthiest Americans, raising the top incomes tax rates while lowering it for low and middle-income Americans, which would raise an extra $130 billion per year.
One of the earlier proposals from Rep. Ocasio-Cortez made reference to a “system of regional and specialized public banks” that would be necessary to finance parts of the Green New Deal agenda. This may include the Federal Home Loan Bank system consisting of eleven cooperatively-owned regional banks. Collectively, they represent the oldest and largest government-sponsored enterprises in the country with a trillion dollars in assets.
Since 1992, the 40 chapters of Agenda 21 gave the big picture of world government thru environment and economic measures. This was detailed more closely in the Agenda 2030 “road map” for 10-year measurements of implementation. The Green New Deal provides a more specific indication of just how aggressive and intrusive these plans are. Forty Democrats and Republicans have supported the Green New Deal. On February 14, 2019, Rep. Kathy Castor (D.-Fla) was tapped to head a revived U.S. House panel on Climate Change, all but ending a month-long effort to establish a select committee on a Green New Deal. They’ll be back!
The Constitution Party of Wisconsin encourages all freedom minded people to read the Green New Deal (easily googled and only fourteen pages) and contact your local, state and federal elected officials. Ask them what their position is on the Green New Deal. If they support it, ask specifically what they support and why? We need to stop further erosion of our liberties by expanded Comprehensive Land Use Plans, Zoning Changes, and Environmentally Engineered Laws taken from Agenda 21, Agenda 2030 and the Green New Deal.
Also, realize that there is an alternative to the ‘two-party system.” Constitution Party candidates will stand against expanded federal tyranny in order to keep government at the local level and in the hands of the people.
Daniel Webster is quoted as saying “it is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.” Thomas Jefferson said, “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”
The tyrant moves in when the people move over.
Bob DesJarlais is a member of the Constitution Party of Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin and retired after 43 years in the private security profession including the Vice President of a Contract Security Firm, Licensed Private Investigator, Part-time Instructor in Safety and Security at Milwaukee School of Engineering, and Director of Security Operations for a large healthcare system. He has been married to Diane for 33 years and has 3 grown children and 7 grandchildren. In 2015, he was elected Supervisor to the Town Board for the Town of Mishicot, Wisconsin, serves on the Town’s Planning Board and will be running for his third term in the April 2019 election.