03.23.21

AOC Reveals What’s Inside The Democrats’ Infrastructure Trojan Horse

SPOILER: It’s The Green New Deal

SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): “We’re hearing the next few months might bring a so-called ‘infrastructure’ proposal that may actually be a Trojan horse for massive tax hikes and other job-killing left-wing policies. Remember, the House Democrats tipped their hand last year. They published a sprawling proposal that pretended to be a highway bill but was really just a multi-thousand-page cousin of the Green New Deal. It would have plowed unbelievable sums of money not into the kinds of big practical projects that Americans even think of as ‘infrastructure,’ but into their obsessive focus on climate policies to the exclusion of everything else.” (Sen. McConnell, Remarks, 3/23/2021)

 

Democrats Are Concocting A Massive Spending Bill Sold As An Infrastructure Plan That Actually Intends ‘To Reshape The U.S. Economy And Other Parts Of American Life,’ Which Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ‘Likened … To Her Green New Deal Plan’ And Lauded As ‘A Trillion-Dollar Opportunity’

 THE NEW YORK TIMES: “[President Biden’s] advisers are preparing a set of proposals intended to reshape the U.S. economy and other parts of American life…. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told The Times’s Lisa Friedman that she was encouraged by what she had heard about the infrastructure policies and likened them to her Green New Deal plan.” (“Biden’s Big Plan,” The New York Times, 3/23/2021)

  • REP. ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ (D-NY): “One of the big goals we had when we introduced the Green New Deal was to show how people thought about climate change from being a billion dollar problem to a trillion-dollar opportunity…. This infrastructure package generally seems to be shaping up in that kind of framework.” (“Biden’s Big Plan,” The New York Times, 3/23/2021)

“The Biden administration’s next big legislative push is starting to take shape. It’s generally described as an infrastructure package, but that’s a bit of a misnomer. What the White House is planning covers not just building stuff like roads and bridges, but all of the structural economic changes on which President Joe Biden campaigned.” (“Breaking Down Biden’s Opening Gambit On Infrastructure,” Politico’s Playbook, 3/23/2021)

 

‘It’s Gonna Be A Kitchen Sink’

REP. JOHN YARMUTH (D-KY): “It’s gonna be a kitchen sink.” (“Drug Pricing, Climate, Immigration: House Dems Eye ‘Kitchen Sink’ For Next Big Bill,” Politico, 3/19/2021)

  • “Less than two weeks after President Joe Biden signed into law one of Congress’ most expansive measures in decades, House Democratic leaders are already dreaming bigger…. [T]op House Democrats are eyeing ways to muscle through drug pricing and climate policy goals using [the Senate’s reconciliation process]…. House Democrats are in discussions about including two of the caucus’ signature bills — one, a drug pricing bill known as H.R. 3, and another a sweeping green infrastructure bill known as H.R. 2 — as part of the next reconciliation package, according to people familiar with their plans.” (“Drug Pricing, Climate, Immigration: House Dems Eye ‘Kitchen Sink’ For Next Big Bill,” Politico, 3/19/2021)

FLASHBACK: Green New Deal Supporters Admit, ‘We Really Think Of It As A How-Do-You-Change-The-Entire-Economy Thing,’ ‘A New, All-Encompassing Domestic Agenda’

SAIKAT CHAKRABARTI, Former Chief of Staff for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY): “The interesting thing about the Green New Deal is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all…. Do you guys think of it as a climate thing? Because we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.” (“AOC’s Chief of Change,” The Washington Post Magazine, 7/10/2019)

“New Consensus aims to be the policy quarterback for the Green New Deal. It wants to combine ideas from dozens of fields—including economics, sociology, ecology, and climate science—to write a new, all-encompassing domestic agenda. It promotes industrial policy, a school of thought that says a country should invest public dollars in its high-tech manufacturing capacity to flourish.” (“The Think Tank Struggling to Write the Green New Deal,” The Atlantic, 6/12/2019)

 

Senate Democrats On The Green New Deal: ‘You Cannot Go Too Far On The Issue Of Climate Change,’ ‘Give Us Some Of That Socialism’

THE VIEW’S SUNNY HOSTIN: “Does the Green New Deal go too far?”
SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I-VT): “No. You cannot go too far on the issue of climate change.” (“Sanders Says Green New Deal Doesn’t Go Too Far: You Can’t Go ‘Too Far’ on Climate Change,” Mediaite, 3/01/2019)

SEN. ED MARKEY (D-MA), Green New Deal Senate sponsor: “They call the Green New Deal pie in the sky. They call it socialism! … So here’s what I say for wind and solar and all electric vehicles and clean energy: give us some of that socialism …” (Justice Democrats, @justicedems, Twitter, 5/14/2019)

 

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