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Does GND Now Stand for Gigantic New Depression?

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Posted: May 14, 2020 12:01 AM
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Does GND Now Stand for Gigantic New Depression?

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Who can forget the estimable Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s solution for planetary disaster that she labeled the Green New Deal? The erstwhile bartender from Queens who won a Democrat political operatives’ contest, like in some bad cult comedy classic, to find herself vaulted into the hallowed halls of Congress, wanted to eliminate farting cows. And airplanes. And fossil fuels. She plans to run the world on pinwheels and pixie dust. (Okay, I made that last part up.)

You’re shaking your head, trying to get the cobwebs out, thinking “Did AOC really propose getting rid of farting cows?” Yes, my friends, that was part of her grand scheme to save the world. I know, it seems so long ago, in BC days (Before Coronavirus). Her congressional office put out a helpful Frequently Asked Questions document to explain an actual resolution she put forward in Congress proposing her GND with the flatulent cows reference.  

After facing blistering derision from right-wingers, and pretty much anyone else with common sense, AOC retracted the FAQ page and blamed a minion in her office for producing it, saying it was only a “draft” document. Ah, I see. Well, anyway, if you need a break in your day and a chuckle to overcome your Lockdown Blues, take a trip down memory lane and read the archived version of the FAQ. (That darn Internet. Nothing ever goes away.)

One would think, after all the mockery, that the couple of dozen Democrat Congresspersons who co-sponsored her GND resolution would be hugely embarrassed and suffering the worst buyer’s remorse ever. They’d be backing away from her like a skunk who’d just slithered out of a septic tank.

Ha! You really don’t understand the modern Democrat Party. They went ‘round the bend a long time ago. Not only was AOC not humiliated and not quietly asked to resign her seat by plutocrat Nancy Pelosi, but she was feted by her fellow Democrats and sought after by the likes of once-presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. She was trotted out to work her woke wiles to crowds of young mindless progressives everywhere, eager to pay homage to the Breakfast Club barmaid by throwing their barista tips into the flaming pit of Democrat Party campaign coffers.   

I don’t mean to deride all practitioners of the mixology arts, just about any one of whom I would choose to replace AOC in the House of Representatives. It’s just that I’d so rather see her mixing margaritas than voting on legislation that will bankrupt our country (even worse than it already is), drain my wallet and prevent my kids from realizing their full potential in a robust, growing economy.

Which brings me to the latest chapter in the AOC saga. That credibly accused sexual assaulter and presumptive Democratic nominee for president of the United States, the horribly befuddled, basement-bound (or have they let him out yet?) Joe Biden has made a quintessential pick to be the Co-Chair of his climate change task force. Yes, that would be Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez!

Well, I can breathe easier now. Here I was thinking that I would have to endure cow flatulence mixed into my already Covid-19-saturated air. That pressing issue would no doubt be solved lickety-split in a Biden administration with AOC behind the climate change-mitigation wheel.

And to prove how seriously Biden takes this task force, the other co-chair he’s anointed is John (“I served in Vietnam”) Kerry, who gifted us with, among other things, that foreign policy disaster known as Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal. You remember. It did little to curb Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons, but did give the Mad Mullahs of Tehran $150 billion, including $1.8 billion in pallets of cash, helpfully delivered by Uncle Sam on a mystery flight to Iran. According to a former senior intelligence official, much of that money was explicitly used to fund terrorism.

Of course, we know how hard Kerry worked to try to preserve that other monumental foreign policy “achievement” of Barack Obama, the Paris Climate Accord, which did nothing to help the climate, but would have crippled the U.S. economy while giving liberals virtue-signaling cred at the cocktails parties in Davos. Thankfully, President Trump got us out of both disastrous agreements.

So while the U.S. economy is suffering the worst economic numbers on many fronts any time since the Great Depression, thanks to the Wuhan Virus-induced economic shutdown, Joe Biden is noodling away on how to impose leftish fantasies about using renewable energy to power the American economic engine. Of course, that engine may be so anemic by the time Democrat governors across the land reopen their states, that a windmill and an extension cord may be enough to power it.

Not to put a damper on your day, but as AOC revels in her new appointment on the Biden “green” task force, the rest of us might want to focus on more immediate concerns, like economic survival.

Discussing an official unemployment figure of 15 percent, economist and member of a Trump Coronavirus economic task force, Stephen Moore, told Hill.TV: “The unemployment numbers are actually much worse than that headline number because they weren't counting millions and millions of workers who have been furloughed ... so we're probably closer to 20 percent unemployment rate right now."

Moore went on to note that these are the worst unemployment numbers seen since the Great Depression, and that that figure could easily climb to 25 percent. He continued, "I think this summer is going to be brutally bad, it's going to be really bad in terms of businesses just trying to get their feet back on the ground, they'll be very slow to hiring workers back.”

The good news is that we have probably the most practical, business-minded, effective president to occupy the Oval Office in the last 100 years. His performance in supercharging the economy in his first three years of office to bring us out of the Obama Doldrums was remarkable, reducing unemployment in virtually all demographic groups to the lowest, or near-lowest, levels since those records have been kept in our country.

President Trump surely has his work cut out for him as our nation comes out of its induced economic coma, but who better to lead this nation than the man who literally wrote the book on the Art of the Comeback? As for AOC, there must be a bar somewhere in Queens needing her talents.

William F. Marshall has been an intelligence analyst and investigator in the government, private, and non-profit sectors for more than 30 years. He is a senior investigator for Judicial Watch, Inc., and a contributor to Townhall, American Thinker, and The Federalist. Follow the author on Twitter at @BillMarshallDC1. (The views expressed are the author’s alone, and not necessarily those of Judicial Watch.)