Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America laugh as Utah Sen. Mike Lee hilariously demonstrates the absurdity of the Green New Deal with a picture of Ronald Reagan riding a velociraptor and Star Wars references during a floor speech. They also dig into what happened in Chicago after state prosecutors abruptly dropped all charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett. And they also rip Biden for attempting to win over progressives by condemning “white man’s culture” and saying he wish he could have done something more during the Anita Hill hearing.
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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome a Politico report showing that even if liberals soaked “the rich” they wouldn’t come anywhere close to paying for single-payer health care or the Green New Deal. They also shake their heads as testimony from former FBI attorney Lisa Page suggests the FBI was considering whether to recommend a federal charge against Hillary Clinton over her mishandling of classified emails but the Justice Department made it clear it had no intention of pursuing the case. And Jim offers his hilarious assessment of climate change activists refusing to have children until the world gets serious about climate change.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America fume after a federal judge decides the debate over whether women should have to register for the draft has gone on long enough and rules the all-male draft is unconstitutional. They also defend California Sen. Dianne Feinstein after supporters of the Green New Deal send small children to beg Feinstein to join their cause. Then Jim unleashes a powerful response as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questions whether the planet is in such peril that young people should no longer have children. And they have their favorite catch phrase ready as former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid bashes Pres. Trump and says he misses President George W. Bush, whom Reid derided as a loser and a liar a decade ago.
Socialism is re-entering the national debate and Cold War scholar Dr. Paul Kengor sees the ideas and policies that fueled the spread of communism returning, this time disguised as the green agenda.
Proposals like the Green New Deal call for a significant transformation of American society in order to combat climate change. In his State of the Union address, President Trump criticized such ideas, saying, “America will never be a socialist country.” Since then, he makes ridiculing socialism a major part of his campaign messaging, and many allies echo his words of condemnation.
Dr. Kengor is a professor of political science at Grove City College. He has written a number of books including “Dupes: How America’s Adversaries have Manipulated Progressives for a Century” and “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Communism”.
Dr. Kengor argues that the Democratic green agenda is socialistic, and, whether they admit to it or not, their desire for more big government control is their driving passion.
“That’s where their hearts are. That’s when you really saw their motivations, what drives them, their broader thinking about this.”, said Dr. Kengor
Kengor sees an old ideology at the root of these policies.
“Three of their four planks are about things like the Economic Bill of Rights, abolishing the electoral college; things that are political, economic, ideological much more than they are environmental. This is, sort of, classic leftist, progressive, socialistic, economic socialism more than it is green environmentalism.”
Dr. Kengor believes this is a time tested strategy of the far left.
“Many of those old reds went green”, he explains. After the fall the Soviet Empire, many communist and social politicians in Russia and Eastern Europe joined environmentalist parties. Their attraction to environmentalism, Dr. Kengor says, comes from their desire for power.
“For the old communists and socialists, what the environmental movement allows them to do is control and regulate and limit people and resources.”
Kengor contends the cause of environmentalism is especially attractive to socialists because of nature’s inability to object.
“Among other things, the beauty of it for them is that the trees and frogs and rocks and birds can’t tell them to go take a hike.”, Dr. Kengor says. “So it’s sort of the perfect silent constituency for the far-left.”
Kengor is encouraged by the overwhelming negative response the New Green Deal received, and believes Mitch McConnell’s call for a vote was brilliant. He thinks the legislation is clearly ridiculous, and welcomes the opportunity to see where Democrats stand on the issue.
“All of which makes me wonder, if maybe Elizabeth Warren’s old pal Ed Markey from Massachusetts didn’t pull a sabotage on the young Ocasio-Cortez. This really ought to be a career killer for her”, says Dr. Kengor.
Listen to the full podcast to hear more of Dr. Kengor’s critique of socialism, why he thinks the Left’s environmentalism is simply a vehicle for increasing state authority, and what he thinks the proper response to proposals like the Green New Deal should be.
By Christian Whittle
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America blast Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam for suggesting that all of Virginia was as behind on race relations as he is and that only he can heal the divisions there because he’s a doctor. They also explain why Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar is morally and factually bankrupt for suggesting that the only reason many lawmakers support Israel is because they get money from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. And they patiently try to tell 2020 presidential candidate and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker that debating climate change is not the same as fighting the Nazis.
American energy is booming at levels virtually unthinkable a decade ago, but will the good times continue or get derailed by the Green New Deal?
American Petroleum Institute President Mike Sommers explains how the U.S. grew from energy dependence to a net exporter of energy in recent years and who deserves the credit.
He also tells us why the new trade deal with Canada and Mexico could help the energy sector even more and why he believes the Green New Deal is not grounded in reality.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are still shaking their heads over the political chaos in Virginia, but they are happy to see a weakened Gov. Ralph Northam give Republicans most of what they want on tax relief. They also point out some of the most insane provisions included in the Green New Deal, proving how out of touch the socialists in the Democratic Party really are. And they shudder as former KKK official David Duke endorses Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard for president because he thinks Gabbard is least likely to send troops to die on behalf of Israel in the Middle East. Gabbard has denounced Duke and rejected the endorsement.
On Friday, supporters of the Green New Deal released details that one conservative analyst says is proof that the “green agenda” is not about the climate at all but rather a major push for a bigger and more powerful government.
“There’s some real tells in here. It’s not about the climate. There’s no assertion (about) what the temperature would be or that the temperature would be any lower.
“It’s in the name of climate change but there’s something immoral about imposing policies in the name of averting a catastrophe that you don’t claim – and no one claims – would actually impact the alleged looming catastrophe,” said Competitive Enterprise Institute Senior Fellow Christopher C. Horner.
The Green New Deal calls for government-guaranteed jobs and health care for everyone, and safety net for those unable and even those unable to work.
The plan also calls for the end to fossil fuels by 2030 the hope that air travel would also be unnecessary by then. Supporters says paying for it up front is not critical because of the economic transformation resulting from an economy based on renewable fuels.
Listen to the full podcast to hear Horner discuss whether renewables can bring about an economic boom and why he believes just laughing off this proposal would be a very mistake.
Progressives like New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren are embracing a “Green New Deal,” aimed at saving the planet from the effects of climate change, but what does the plan really call for, is it realistic, and what would be the impact on the U.S. if we pursue it?
To begin, the Green New Deal calls for and to fossil fuels and cars that use them by 2030.
Power the Future Executive Director Daniel Turner says that’s where it starts but it gives the government power over many different areas of our lives.
“They call it the Green New Deal and it’s sort of under this guise of caring about the environment. But the Green New Deal also talks about things like a guaranteed living wage for all Americans, a guaranteed job for all Americans, free education, free health care.
“This is what the left does a lot. They take something like the earth and say everyone wants a clean earth. We want a clean earth. We want clean air and clean water, as do I. But then they sneak in all these other provisions that have nothing to do with green.
“It sounds like the New Deal of FDR. It is just an over-encroachment of government in the lives of Americans. That’s why they try to hide some of those other details,” said Turner.
Listen to the full podcast as Turner explains why it is literally impossible to abandon fossil fuels by 2030, what would happen to our country and our economy if we could, and what the cost of all this would be on taxpayers.