As extreme leftists within the Democratic party formally reintroduced their radical ‘green new deal’ Tuesday, Senator Rand Paul warned that the vast spending plan seeks to overturn the voter economy, do away with free market capitalism, and even create armies of youths dedicated to implementing socialist policy.
Appearing on Fox News, Paul warned that the far left “definitely think that money grows on trees, and I guess that’s part of the green plan.”
While the plan has been touted as a $172 Billion spend, Paul note that “if you add all of it up from the infrastructure bill, it’s actually about $500 billion.”
“There’s $174 billion for weatherising houses, which never gets to energy efficiency, to meet the cost. There’s about $100 billion for electric cars,” Paul also noted.
“There’s $10 billion for some kind of army of climate change people, some kind of climate corps youth which I think has connotations in our history of these sort of government informed youths out there marching for things that the government tells them to do,” the Senator further warned.
The Civilian Climate Corps Act, introduced along with the new deal Tuesday says that a civilian army should exist “to mobilize the next generation of conservation and resilience workers and maximize the creation of accessible training opportunities and good jobs.”
“I think all of it is horrendous but the biggest problem is the financial drain on the future of our country by spending so much money we don’t have,” Paul urged.
Countering the argument made by the likes of Bernie Sanders that the deal will create millions of jobs, Paul emphasised that “building pyramids could create jobs, it’s really should the government be deciding where we use our dollars and where they’re spent and where the jobs are created, or should the market place?”
The Senator continued, “In the market place we vote. So when I go to Walmart or Kroger, I vote on what needs to be produced by buying something. So what is produced and where the jobs are created are what I like to eat or what I like to buy at Walmart, that is the consumer driven capitalist way where we vote in the economy. When government does it, it means I don’t get to vote as a consumer, Bernie Sanders gets to decide it.”
Paul also noted that when it comes to policy that actually has an effect on the carbon footprint, Democrats are opposed.
“One industrial decision has accounted for more reduction in carbon than any other decision in the history of this movement, and that’s fracking,” Paul noted.
“And so they are against the one thing that has reduced the carbon footprint, as we’ve converted to natural gas,” he added.
The plan, being pushed by the likes of Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) calls for transitioning to a 100 percent carbon free-economy, as well as meeting 100 percent of power demand from zero-emission energy sources like wind and solar.
Critics have warned that it will collapse an already stretched economy while handing government total control over all aspects of society.