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Ocasio-Cortez: New Green Deal Is Not A ‘Massive Government Takeover’…But I Also ‘Have No Problem Saying That’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has finally unveiled her New Green Deal. And it’s an ungodly left-wing mess that is scarce on details and sanity. There’s no price tag, which means there’s no data on how we can gauge the massive amounts of taxes that will have the be levied to pay for this acid-trip into Venezuelan ruin. The plan itself calls for a complete transfer away from fossil fuels within a decade, upgrading every building in the country, and oddly, going after cows and their release of methane. The Wall Street Journal’sKimberley Strassel took this whole plan behind a barn and shot it, noting that it’s this ruinously expensive and un-serious, but also an egregious intrusion into Americans’ everyday lives. 

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Even The Washington Post’s Meagan McArdle said that while the plan might be a nice insight to a cleaner future (I totally disagree), she also said that as an immediate blueprint—it’s totally insane. Yesterday, Ocasio-Cortez’s office took down their FAQ page. And it has remained shut down since then:

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The Green New Deal is nice vision of where the United States might try to go someday. But as an actual blueprint for the immediate future, it’s lunatic. And no matter how technically or morally sound your goals may be, as an opening political message, “We’re nuts!” is neither efficient, nor state-of-the-art.

Brian Riedl of the Manhattan Institute tried to calculate the costs. It wasn’t pretty. 

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So, how does Ocasio-Cortez respond to the criticism that this is a massive government takeover? Well, she says that it isn’t, but then admits that it is hours later. You just can’t make this stuff up?

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