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The “Green New Deal” and Other Lefty Fantasies by The Elephant's Child

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Supposedly Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “‘Green’ New Deal” is quite popular among the new far-leftists in Congress. Democrats remain enamored of the memory of FDR. Some believe that he saved the nation from the Great Depression, (he didn’t). But anything with the term “New Deal” will be more popular on the Left. Young Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has a veritable wealth of ideas that are just plain wrong. She is not stupid, as so many claim. She just has a lot of very, very bad ideas. Money is not a problem – “We’ll just pay for it.” she says. Raise taxes as high as 82% on the wealthy? Fine. Her Green New Deal would cost 8,000 times as much as President Trump’s Border Wall request, according to Tyler O”Neil at PJ Media.

The “Green New Deal” will cost approximately $49,109 trillion in the first ten years, enough to fund Trump’s border wall 8,616 times over. The president is requesting $5.7 billion for the wall.

PJ Media calculated the cost of the “Green New Deal” by integrating each of the cost aspects involved in a Power the Future analysis and calculating their cost for the U.S. over about ten years — and in one case through 2050.

According to Ocasio-Cortez, the “Green New Deal” will force America to transition to an economy run from 100 percent renewable energy. Christopher Clark, a physicist who has studied rapid deployments of renewable energy, told The Hill that building this kind of generating capacity would cost “at least $2 trillion.”

Her idea for “renewable energy” probably does not contain nuclear power, for there seems to be a lot of resistance to building new nuclear power plants, although California’s small Diablo Canyon nuclear plant produces more energy than all of California’s many solar farms and wind turbines put together. The website for the left-wing think tank Data for Progress explains:

The goals of the Green New Deal are nothing short of radical. As the website for the left-wing think tank Data for Progress explains, the Green New Deal aims to “transform the economy and the environment in ways that achieve sustainability, equity, justice, freedom, and happiness.” Achieving happiness has never been easy. Even harder will be the Green New Deal’s aim of completely eliminating the use of coal, oil, and natural gas by 2050.

How all this happiness and energy legerdemain will be achieved is anyone’s guess. Supporters are particularly vague about how they would find the hundreds of billions — or even trillions — of dollars needed to attempt such a plan. Nevertheless, there is one unassailable fact about the Green New Deal: It is not green. Indeed, the entire notion of an all-renewable-energy system is the antithesis of environmental protection and scenic conservation.

Promoters seem to assume that there are vast tracts of vacant land, territory that is just waiting to be covered with renewable energy projects. To fuel the U.S. economy, would require state-sized empty territories to be covered with nothing but wind turbines and solar panels. (All that territory where the Deplorables live) It would require stringing tens of thousands of miles with new high-voltage transmission lines. Vox featured an explanation of the Green New Deal, and the feature was the kind of solar plant that proved to be essentially worthless at Ivanpah, in the Mojave. Doesn’t work. Didn’t produce the energy required, killed birds by the thousands.

Two researchers from Harvard published a study that looked at energy-production data from 1,150 solar projects and 411 onshore wind projects. Meeting U.S. electricity consumption would require 12 percent of the continental U.S. land area for wind— or an area more than twice the size of the state of California. Not going to happen.

Here are some notable facts. Environmentalists and climate change activists want to believe in themselves as “social-justice warriors” fighting for the good, but the policies they promote would seriously harm people, especially the poor and disadvantaged. They are anti-human.

Here is a graph from a panel organized last month by the Heartland Institute, and the European Institute for Climate and Energy. Dr, Craig Idso , Founder of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change said:

[R]adiosondes’ [balloon] measurements shown in blue reveal that the actual warming rate is three times smaller than that predicted by the models [red bars show warming that should have occurred from 1979-2017, as predicted from 102 different climate models].

See the important graph here: It explains how and why the average of climate models has vastly overestimated the warming. Some climate scientists thought they could put the climate of the world into a computer, and get a program that would correctly predict the future climate. GIGO: garbage in garage out. But that became the “Scientific Consensus”.  They knew a few facts, added some estimates and some guesswork, and a significant bunch of mistakes, and lo and behold: “Science”
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The Speech and the Aftermath by The Elephant's Child

President Trump’s speech from the Oval Office tonight was “filled with lies”, “racist,” the partisan media even questioned whether the media should allow the President of the United States to address the nation from the Oval Office. “Should allow!” That statement clearly demonstrates just where we are today, and how far the Democrat Party has sunk.

Democrats have discovered their ability to “de-platform” or threaten those who advertise on conservative radio or conservative websites —works. Threats of lost customers, bad publicity, even demonstrations can convince companies to pull their advertising from whichever victim the left has chosen. The current victim is Tucker Carlson. The Left has just persuaded the restaurant chain Red Lobster to blacklist  Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight. Tucker is effective, knowledgeable, and last month he made comments criticizing American immigration policy. He also commented that many women do not want to marry men who make less income than they do — an obvious truism, but contrary to today’s “enlightened” attitudes. That statement must clearly be attacked. But new congressperson Rashida Tlaib can address the President of the United States with an expletive unrepeatable on television.

Democrats don’t like opposing views. That should tell you that there is something wrong with their message. If they are right, know what they are talking about, speak truth, they wouldn’t have to worry about anyone disagreeing.

Nancy Pelosi is trying to claim that a wall on the border is “immoral”. As I wrote earlier, one third of the world’s nations have walls on their borders. The idea that we have to have open borders for anyone who wants to come to America is an absurdity. What Democrats want is more Democrat voters. They have arranged for illegal aliens to be able to get driver’s licenses in California, and with the drivers’ license they get voter registration. Democrats depend on those illegal voters. They want more illegal aliens to be in this country for the upcoming Census, which will give them more representation in the House of Representatives which is based on population, and the Census counts bodies, not citizens.

Accuracy in Media pointed out that Trump’s Speech left the so-called fact checkers little to work with.

Mollie Hemingway at The Federalist also took on the angry media.

Representative Chip Roy (R-TX) explained the problems with the border in his home state.

The Washington Free Beacon also did a little “fact-checking” of the fact checkers. The current majority of illegals apprehended are not from Mexico. And the drug problem is also all too real. They have numbers.

Here’s Chris Buskirk explaining the humanitarian crisis.

 



Democrats Favor Illegal Immigration Because It’s All About Power by The Elephant's Child



The 2020 Electoral Campaign Has Already Started! Way too Early. by The Elephant's Child

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Now that Michael Avenatti has dropped out of the race for the 2020 presidential nomination, due to people learning a little more about him, all sorts of other Democrats have started their campaigns. It’s more than a little early, but the determination to take on the despised Donald Trump rages. There seems to be some element of the idea that if someone like Donald Trump who was never a governor, nor had experience in Congress, or served in the Military can win an election, then surely they  can run and win too.

With the success in office of the nation’s governors, one wonders why that is a special qualification. Governor Cuomo was just inaugurated for a third term. Washington State Governor Jay Inslee is running for the presidency, but the Cato Institute recently evaluated the nation’s governors for their fiscal management of their states. Jay Inslee came in deal last, with a resounding F, followed closely by Oregon Governor Kate Brown, who also got an F. Even Jerry Brown got a low D. Nobody seemed to notice that Jay Inslee said he was running, for the entrance of Elizabeth Warren took over the news.

Beto O’Rourke is creating a solo road trip, outside of Texas, to see if he can stir up some interest (in a pickup, of course). His qualification seems to be ‘boyish good looks’ or ‘looking like Jack Kennedy’.  Julian Castro (Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary) plans to announce on Saturday, Kamala Harris is due to start a book tour tomorrow, so she must have written something, there’s Bernie Sanders who has never given up,  Senator Cory Booker (NJ ), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY). Amy Klobuchar (MI) and Sherrod Brown (Ohio) are all interested in running.

If Joe Biden (age 76), former Vice-President, chooses not to run (though he has a lead in early polls in Iowa and nationwide),  he said that family considerations will be an aspect of his decision. This does not count all the notable non politicians  like Tom Steyer, the billionaire loon who has been running his “need to impeach” campaign all over the country, or the former president of Starbucks, Howard Schultz, and there are probably a whole bunch more. Alexandria Ocassio-Cortez expressed some interest until someone explained that a basic Constitutional qualification was that you had to be at least 35 years old.

Can you list the number of Democrat Presidents who were elected on the basis of their outstanding ideas? Their specific experience that demonstrated their outstanding abilities? Candidates have always been qualified on the basis of gender, race, color, class, or general good looks. Pretty – is a big qualification for the Left.

A number of pundits have said that Joe Biden is too old, and the nomination will go to Kamala Harris, former Attorney General of California, who is a woman, and part Black.

The Constitution requires the President to be a natural-born citizen, age at least 35 years, and be 14 years a resident. George Washington had some pretty extensive qualifications. Did an outstanding job, and when he was done, packed his bags and went on home. The qualifications have not changed, but our expectations have.

The rage and viciousness of the Democrats has reached new extremes. There’s a major element of the power of — what? Imitation? Propaganda? Wanting to be one of the crowd?  I thought that “Comedienne” Kathy Griffin’s photograph of herself holding up what purported to be a severed head of President Trump — said to Democrats still stunned that Hillary was not to be president as they had expected — that any excrescence, any insult, any outrage was permitted, and they were free to do whatever they chose to express their horror and angst.

That certainly brought out all the crazies. But they have only continued to get crazier.  While pondering the limits of nationhood and the reaction to unwanted and unwelcome migrants from the Middle East and Africa in Europe and the terrorism they have brought, and our own rejection of the illegal immigrants that are using our weak immigration laws to get into the country, use our taxpayer funded welfare and medical care, and flood the country with drugs and gangs. Every major city is suffering from drugs, addiction and gang violence from organizations like MS-13. Criminals who have been previously deported are forcing their way back in, to commit more crimes. Way too many Americans have been murdered by the Democrats weak immigration laws, their desire for open borders to enhance their electoral potential, and their desire to remake the  make-up of the House of Representatives and thus increase their control of the government.  The Goal is control. Absolute control, and eliminating the Republican Party as an opposing party. They can no longer tolerate opposition.



Windstorm Last Night by The Elephant's Child

Finally! Back online. We had a significant windstorm last night, and lost our internet connection early on. Didn’t lose power this time. Didn’t lose any trees, just lots of branches and cones. We have lost trees in the past, which provides plenty of firewood. And yes, I live in the woods in a good sized city. It’s troubling to realize how dependent on the internet I am. They were telling us sometime tomorrow morning. Good business practice, I guess. When service is returned “early”– we feel better about the whole thing, and more friendly to the company that failed to protect our connection.

(the above photo is not me, just my disposition)



Pelosi and Schumer, Terrorists and Drug Smugglers, the Border Patrol and President Trump by The Elephant's Child

Nancy Pelosi, upon being sworn in as the new Speaker of the House, has reiterated her refusal to give President Trump even one cent for his border wall. The wall, she announced, is an immorality.  The best approach “is comprehensive immigration reform, where we address the whole package of reforms.” Uh huh. She says:

We’ve been through this, secure our borders, legalize the people who are here so that they can participate fully, do so in a way that energizes America, which has always been the case with newcomers coming. And I emphasize that secure our borders. Because that’s a responsibility, to protect and defend our country. The president would not — the inference that you draw from the wall is that’s the only way to do that. That actually is an immorality.

Just 7 percent of Americans say that illegal immigration is “not a serious problem”, according to a wide-ranging Economist/YouGov survey. 2 percent of Republicans, 7 percent of Independents and even 12 percent of Democrats agreed that it isn’t  problem. 40 percent of Americans overall say that illegal immigration in the U.S. is  serious problem, 73 percent of Republicans, 38 percent of independents and 15 percent of Democrats agree. That’s some wide disparity!! 5 percent of Republicans and 42 percent of Democrats say it’s  minor problem.

“The fact is, a wall is an immorality!” Pelosi stated loudly. “It’s not who we are as a nation.” Well, it’s the law in the United States of America — or is there some part of the word ‘illegal’ that is too hard to understand?

Ms. Pelosi has a wall around her Pacific Heights home in one of San Francisco’s toniest neighborhoods. Mexico has a wall on their southern border, with guard posts, but the caravans from Honduras and Guatemala broke through. Walls work, if imperfectly, and they are not exactly uncommon. One third of the world’s nations have walls. Here you are getting into world government territory and French President Macron’s claim that “nationalism is treason” which set off the yellow vest riots (still continuing) all over France.

House Democratic Caucus Chairwoman Katherine Clark (D-Mass) (of course) told PJ Media that she hopes President Trump settles for building barriers that are not as high as “a giant wall” while helping to get “our” DREAMers the security they need and deserve. She added “The wall is a bad idea. We have better technology. We already have fencing and barriers but when we have Border Patrol agents that don’t even have cell phone service that’s where we should be investing our dollars, that sort of technology.” We have a major drug trade, with all the misery and death that entails. Cell phones?

Well, how simple. We should have thought of turning away several thousand violent young men who are throwing rocks and trying to kill our Border Patrol officers – by giving them all cell phones. Maybe someone could develop little drones that shoot off little bursts of tear gas. Technology will solve our problems.

I don’t know that many people are aware that a majority of our Hispanic citizens said of the so-called “Dreamers” – to send the kids back where they came from. It was an illegal ploy of the Obama administration.

Democrats want more illegals because they can be Democrat voters, and because we have an upcoming census next year that counts bodies, not citizens, to allot the number of representatives each state gets in the House of Representatives. Their determined search for complete control is not only ugly, but in complete opposition to the most elementary understanding of the nature of American government and American freedoms.

Our Southern border is approximately 2,000 miles long, extending from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. Border states are California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. It is the worlds most crossed border, with approximately 350 million crossings each year. Two rivers, the Rio Grande and the Colorado River, vast tracts of Sonoran Desert. It’s hard country. Some 800 miles may be too remote to need wall or fence.

Democrats continually conflate legal immigrants and illegal immigrants, claiming that we are “a nation of immigrants”, so you are supposed to favor illegal immigrants if your great granny escaped from communist Russia just before Stalin took over. We are a nation of citizens, and there are well over a million people who have applied, according to the law, to immigrate to the United States of America and are stuck on a very long wait list because the government believes that we can deal correctly with about a million new immigrants a year. The list is long and people can wait for years. So we get illegals instead, and H-1B foreign tech graduates who will work for less than our own high-tech grads. Go figure.

A lot of what is current is mixed up in this whole mess — irrational hatred of Trump, the battle over nationalism and one-worldism, the people’s desire to be free of attacks from Islamic fundamentalists, the fight to achieve complete control, the hatred of people who think differently from you, the urge to prevent words or thoughts you disagree with from being heard, diversity of thought rather than skin color, gender and how it relates to bathroom usage, the definition of ‘hate speech’, the need of snowflakes for safe spaces. You can add to the list as you choose. It ‘s all absolutely nuts. For a look at what the border is like, here you go.



Nancy Pelosi Got Her Speaker’s Gavel Back, Unfortunately. by The Elephant's Child

 

Nancy Pelosi has been reelected to the office of Speaker of the House, and immediately tried to claim that she was the equal of the President of the United States, which was a bit of an exaggeration. Congressman Brad Sherman of Ventura County California introduced articles of impeachment, brand new representative Rashida Tlaib, who chose Palestinian garb in which to take the oath of office announced to her supporters (to wild cheers) that “We’re gonna go in there and impeach the m—–.” Hank Johnson, who last time round  worried that an island might tip over, referred to President Trump as “Hitler,”and said that those who support Trump are “less educated.” Young Ocasio-Cortez announced that to save us all from world-ending climate catastrophe in 5 years to support her Green New Deal, Congress would have to raise taxes on the rich to, oh, 82% or so. Maxine Waters is slated to become chair of the House Financial Services Committee, and is very committed to impeaching the President. Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats immediately introduced a bill to restore voting rights to convicted felons nationwide. Pelosi does want to spend all sorts of money on saving us from global warming.

Democrats want to overhaul campaign finance and ethics rules that would  “expand voting rights.” One idea is to allocate a pool of taxpayer money to match small-donor donations 6-1, as a way of encouraging “grassroots campaigning.” This goofy idea would not pass the Senate, but progressives like the idea of empowering the state to allocate money to preferred donors.

Some big cities have already begun handing out tax-funded “democracy vouchers.” In other words, politicians have passed legislation that subsidizes the speech of people who will, for the most part, support them. It’s quite the racket. Pelosi wants to take this corruption national.

Reducing the power of “special interests” in Washington is always a popular issue with voters. The problem, of course, is that every voter considers another group a special interest. Though as a political notion, campaign finance reform remains popular with Americans, specific campaign finance reform legislation is always about inhibiting someone’s speech.

What many Americans don’t seem to accept, particularly partisans, is that not voting or participating in our political process is also a matter of free expression. There’s nothing, after all, in the Constitution about how the state should encourage “grassroots activism.”

Democrats have no interest in working with Republicans to do what is best for the nation, nor in abiding by the Constitution, I forgot to mention that Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) submitted a bill to change the Constitution by eliminating the Electoral College. Democrats have never grasped the reason why the Founders set it up that way, which interferes with their efforts to control the country.

Democrats’ demand to be in control has outweighed any understanding of the United States of America, our history, what the country is all about, the nature of our citizens – in their ugly, greedy desire to be in control with no interference from anyone. Nancy Pelosi not only announced that she was co-equal to the president (she’s not) but that we are nation of immigrants (we are not. We are a nation of citizens, and a nation of laws.) It’s going to be a difficult time.




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