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The ‘Green New Deal’ Is Breaking the Left Apart

green new deal breaking left apartSince the time of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, working-class union members have been the backbone of the Democratic Party. The left claimed to advocate workers’ rights and was seen, rightly or wrongly, as the party who fought for the little guy.

Well if it wasn’t clear before, it’s clear now—times have changed.

The election of Donald Trump to the presidency, aided by tens of thousands of Obama voters in states like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan, was the first sign of a political realignment.

Now, the “Green New Deal” is highlighting these cleavages in stark terms, with the nation’s largest union organization forcefully coming out against it.

Last week, the AFL-CIO sent a letter to the bill’s lead sponsors—Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.—expressing its opposition to the proposal on behalf of the 13 million workers the union represents.

“The Green New Deal resolution is far too short on specific solutions that speak to the jobs of our members and the critical sections of our economy. It is not rooted in an engineering-based approach and makes promises that are not achievable or realistic,” wrote the AFL-CIO’s energy committee.

“We will not accept proposals that could cause immediate harm to millions of our members and their families. We will not stand by and allow threats to our members’ jobs and their families’ standard of living go unanswered.”

The AFL-CIO is absolutely right. The $93 trillion Green New Deal would bankrupt this country while throwing millions of Americans out of work. Unemployment and deficits would skyrocket, and energy shortages would plague our electric grid. These socialist policies would wreak havoc on our freedom and way of life, as they have done throughout history.

Proponents of the Green New Deal argue that all of these jobs will be replaced by “green” energy jobs, but it is unreasonable to expect these magical “green” jobs to even come close to replacing the millions of quality jobs we have in the energy industry right now.

This letter will not soon be forgotten. It represents a major shot across the bow of the far left by the working class of the traditional left. It’s made even more significant by the fact that Ocasio-Cortez has made a concerted effort to woo the labor movement.

Included in the Green New Deal resolution is a pledge to create “high-quality union jobs that pay prevailing wages.” Ocasio-Cortez also called for “strengthening and protecting the right of all workers to organize, unionize, and collectively bargain.” In other words, she took great pains to pre-emptively appeal to labor unions.

But the AFL-CIO correctly realized that her pledge is nothing more than hollow words. You cannot throw millions of people out of work and expect new jobs to fall from the sky.

That the AFL-CIO would attack her signature policy proposal with such critical language signals just how deeply workers feel threatened by it. And it is more evidence that big labor’s influence on the left is waning.

Major Democratic figures are lining up behind the Green New Deal, even as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and billionaire Michael Bloomberg express unease about it. It’s clear where the left is moving—and who’s being left out.

The union’s 13 million members are a vital grassroots asset for the left. In previous years, locking down this support would have been near the top of any Democrat’s priority list. Democrats still need their support. The question is whether they care enough about retaining that support to pull back from Ocasio-Cortez’s climate extremism.

If they choose the path of the Green New Deal, they will likely be rudely awakened to find that their once-reliable base has left them behind for a president who speaks to their needs.

Time will tell if major Democratic figures buckle on their support of the Green New Deal, but one thing is clear—we are living in fluid, ever-changing political times.

Reprinted with permission from - The Daily Signal - by Daniel Turner

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daniel one

Continue to pray for the United States of America, for our president, for our nation to be
secure and that God will awaken in us a new more fervent national cohesiveness. WE
need to be strong together. WE need our borders secure…. those who do not live in border
states may not see this onslaught of people who are being allowed in and being kept in by
time constraints and anchor babies. let them come… Let them come LEGALLY. Let the
left not use them for votes. Please pray for our nation.

James R Palmer

The Green New Deal is far worse than you can imagine. Our military runs on fossil fuel and nuclear energy. This would emasculate our military and put us at the mercy of the Russians and Chinese. Can you imagine a submarine with attached solar panels? Think!

Glenn

The Democrats don’t represent me or my needs, wants or desires.

Todd Wingard Taylor

Heavenly Father, I pray for those who have rejected You, your Word as well as for not acknowledging your blessings on this great Nation. Forgive them, restore them and teach us as a Nation to honor You Lord, your Son and to unite us as a country. Help us to extend mercy and grace as you have towards us; forgive our nation for it’s sins–Amen.

Rick

Hopefully the “Democraps” will break into factions and fight with each other. If we’re lucky they’ll
split the party into three or four new parties and the Republicans can dominate

Frank S.

I think the radical leftist progressives made their move too early, thank God. If they’d had a bit more patience and waited till they had a Democrat in the White House, they may have proven more successful. Given the current number of sorry Republicans in the Senate, I don’t think a Democrat majority would have been necessary. At the end of the day though, American voters must wake up and exercise some common sense and become educated on the issues. With a $22,000,000,000,000 (12 zeroes) national debt (and rising), the Democratic agenda calls for free education for all (after forgiving current college debt), free health care for all, and now a green new deal where we all live in a happy utopia. And our current enemies? Why, they will see our success and join us, right? Then we can make money turning guns into plow shares (because fossil fuel burning… Read more »

Phyllis Poole

Is Pelosi finally waking up?!
However there are a host of dems lining up for the presidents job. She will undoubtedly back one of them. But I haven’t seen one yet that is special that could win an election.
Democrats are losing black votes by the droves and there is nothing to win them back.
Illegal votes has done it so far and all the voter rolls are being looked at now I cant
Imagine why it took so long.
I am all for photo ID and please contact your reps to get this done!!!! This will stop illegals from voting and they are the only ones that kept the democrats in power!!!! Indiana even went through the Supreme Court to get it passed but have benefitted by the effort!
Act now!!!

Stephen Russell

Super divide the Left even more, depress impact on nation

Xtech

These Democrat Loons will ruin the economy and impoverish our once great nation if the voters don’t wake up! If the USA stopped the use of fossil fuels today, it would not cure (so called) climate change. Does anyone think that China, India, or any of the developing nations, all greater polluters than we, will follow our lead? Of course NOT!

Bill Hartwig

Maybe the unions will eventually come to their senses and realize their support of the Democrat party is not in their best interest. Much like the miners in WVA.

Gunny Joe

This is an example of what is wrong in DC. With both parties. It is time we the people spoke, Term Limits, and wake them up that it IS NOT THE GOVERMENTS MONEY, it is our money submitted to fund or Nation. That welfare and bloated programs must go. Give back to the States what is the States, Education and a bunch of other programs need to go back to the states, then abolish the EPA and others. Build the WALL, and here is a big on move the voting age back to 21, I was 21 my first tour in Viet Nam could not vote did not bother me a bit. I had other things on my mind other than voting, and politics was real low on the list really low on my list and stayed there till I was about 25 or so, (that was about my third… Read more »

Paul W

Lots of turmoil within the DNC. Pelosi must be fuming over the attention that the three stooges (Cortez, Omar and Tlaib) are getting. The party of “circling wagons” are losing unity…GOOD!!!

Betty Hicks

I hope our young College kids know what this Green Deal would do to our country and our jobs. i think the only people who would sign on such a bad thing is people who do not want to work or ever plan on working. They just want a free ride like all the illegals who sneak in our country by breaking our laws then expect our taxpaying Citizens to keep them and their families up. Cut out all the freebies and welfare for them and watch them run back to the border.

Jmac67

I love the fact that the Dems scream when one of the deals that the president has made gets a hiccup while forgetting all the ones that have benefitted America’s labor force. And the simple fact that he has done so much to try to change the malaise of the Obama years. The unions would do well to give up their blind allegiance to the Dems and continue to build a long term alliance with the Republican Party.

Garland

God gave us a President for all the people finally and by some severely hated but certainly not as many as some expect. With Prayer and Support we can again be a leader of the world .

Mic J Palazzolo

“Green energy jobs”…Translation: Environmental work camps.

MJJ

For all out there who read their Bibles, consider what Deuteronomy 28 says about a nation that is disobedient to God and forsakes Him. Debut 28:43-44 states “The alien who is among you shall rise higher and higher above you, and you shall come down lower and lower. He shall lend to you, but you shall not lend to him; he shall be the head, and you shall be the tail”. God’s hand of protection and providence is being, or has been, removed from this country. Unless this nation collectively asks for forgiveness and repents, God will not hear us and heal our land. His wrath is right at our doorstep. Repent! For the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness is coming very soon, and the wicked will have no place to hide!

Stu

The Democratic /Republican Party have gone lunatic what an idiotic deal, are they going to swim to Europe/ Hawaii etc. besides
millions of jobs being lost in the US and worldwide. IDIOTS is all I can say. Idiot people who vote for them. Unfortunatly those of
us who still have any sense have to suffer with the consequences too. Wake up Americans before it is to late.

Michael cozzi

That’s 👍👍👍👍great

MariaRose

I see the union put the wording right–there’s too little specific help given to workers–all the “New Green Deal” states is we need to create green jobs. Just like the need to create more energy-efficient cars, manufacturers of energy aren’t going to train or switch their present employees to these jobs while they are still making a massive profit. I am quite sure these jobs and technology are already in the works for many years now. But these leftist elites only want to pass rhetoric comments because it sounds good but noise doesn’t create jobs and jobs is what we need with good fair wages for the employees.