Ben Stein flattened supporters of the Green New Deal in his latest column for The American Spectator.
As IJR previously reported, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) unveiled her plan to combat climate change by mobilizing the entire U.S. economy to do everything from guaranteeing universal jobs to achieving 100 percent renewable energy without using nuclear power. Her proposal was met with laughter from both sides of the political aisle.
While many people laughed at the deal, some Democrats are hopping on board despite some of the extreme goals. Many of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have announced their support, including Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.).
The blind support from some of the leaders in the Democratic Party prompted Stein to write about the Green New Deal, warning Americans that it could “make the Great Depression look like a picnic”:
This would cost so much money that from the moment it was enacted, the USA would be bankrupt. The cost of this project would in a decade triple the national debt. This would make it completely unpayable EVER.
Inflation would explode as federal money chased a limited pool of workers and resources. The country would be in a crisis that would make the Great Depression look like a picnic.
Stein noted the Green New Deal wouldn’t even solve the problem it aims to address because the rest of the world wouldn’t make the same sacrifices to limit CO2 production.
“And meanwhile that immense cloud of air pollution raging out of China would not be reduced at all. In other words, we would have committed national economic suicide for nothing.”
Stein explained that the Green New Deal itself would never come to fruition even if it passed through the legislative process. He claims that it would be tied up in the court process “forever.”
That doesn’t mean that he isn’t concerned about the support the resolution has received, however. He wrote that the positivity this resolution earned from some politicians was “terrifying”:
But 70 Members of Congress and over a dozen Senators are already signed on as co-sponsors with AOC. Would anyone have ever dreamed even five years ago that such madness was possible? God help us. The planting of ignorance is bearing poisoned fruit. This is terrifying stuff.
As IJR previously reported, this is not the first time that Stein has gone after some of the socialist policies offered by Democrats like Ocasio-Cortez. In fact, he even compared some of the proposals to those that were offered by Adolf Hitler during his rise to power.
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“We have a society, live in a society in which there are an awful lot of people who have no idea that Stalin, Hitler, Mao Zedong, all came to power promising the same kinds of things that Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is promising,” Stein said. “And it led to mass murder. It led to dictatorship. It led to genocide.”