By Jon Dougherty
A former top adviser to two-time Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton panned Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” on Sunday, claiming that it’s an unserious proposal that, if ever enacted, would economically devastate the country.
During an interview on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” Mark Penn, now a managing partner for The Stagewell Group, appeared disappointed that a number of 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls had already signed onto the highly improbable plan because it, he says, it really does not merit serious debate.
“I call it a little more of a ‘red deal’ than a green deal,” he said, alluding to its Marxist/socialist provisions such as providing a government-guaranteed income for all Americans, including those who don’t want to work.
“If you read it very carefully, there are trillions and trillions of dollars of impossible programs” outlined in the plan such as redesigning every building in the country to be more environmentally sustainable and moving completely away from fossil fuel energy (and nuclear energy) within a decade.
The plan “is not a serious proposal for a planet, and it’s really unfortunate that this political season is starting out with something that can be so easily poked fun at, that is unrealistic, that is not even remotely close to the moon shot that involved the technological mobilization of America,” he added, alluding to 2020 Dem hopeful Sen. Cory Booker’s comparison of the plan to the Apollo manned moon missions.
Those were “truly incredible” accomplishments for the U.S. and the world, Penn added, but the Green New Deal “would not be incredible, this would ruin America, it wouldn’t make America greener.”
As reported by the Washington Examiner, 67 House Democrats have already signed onto the plan and they are already pushing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for a vote on it. However, it isn’t at all clear that she will allow one.
House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said that for now, Democratic leaders will wait longer to see how many members sign onto the plan. “Let’s see how the co-sponsorship goes,” said McGovern, who supports it.
Asked if he believes Democrats will become divided over the Green New Deal, which would require massive new taxes to implement — and not just from “wealthy” Americans — Penn said he believes the issue will work itself out during the Democratic presidential primaries.
Though some Democratic voters, particularly younger voters who may not be fully informed about the plan, will support it, Penn said that in the end “I think once people are informed about this, I think once other candidates take a stand” that they support some sort of action on ‘climate change’ that is far less radical, the plan is likely to die.
“I am sure there will be serious (Democratic) candidates who will knock this down,” he added.
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