RUSH: I’ve got to mention this because it’s a gigantic See, I Told You So. Oh, and, by the way, I mentioned yesterday, this was happening right as the program was nearing its conclusion and I didn’t get a chance to extrapolate and analyze it. But The Turtle called for a vote in the Senate on the Green New Deal, and the Democrats are having a cow! Ed Markey, who is the Senate cosponsor of the Green New Deal with Ocasio-Cortez is livid that he’s calling a vote on it.
Wait a minute. I thought we had 12 years to save the planet? I thought urgency was called for? Here’s The Turtle saying, you guys say we’ve got 12 years, we better get a vote on this. I mean, clearly The Turtle is trying to kill this, and they understand it. I am evolving a new theory to explain what’s really going on with this Green New Deal, too, because remember it gets presented as a talking point, a frequently asked question report which has all this business in it about banning airplane travel in 10 years and rebuilding every American building and all these high-speed rails.
Oh! Gavin Newsom, in the most liberal state in the country, has canceled the high-speed rail plan from San Francisco to Los Angeles. He announced it in the state of the state message yesterday. They’re canceling it because they don’t have the money. It’s not scheduled to be finished, if they went ahead with it, ’til 2030 or something. They don’t have the money. And yet here’s the Green New Deal authorizing high-speed rail everywhere airplanes now go?
This thing was never been supposed to see the light of day. Somebody did and now they’ve yanked it and everybody’s denying that that frequently asked question summary of this thing was active. I think they had a different purpose in mind with this that’s kind of gotten blown up. And now with The Turtle calling for a vote on it it’s blowing up even more.
RUSH: Now, the Green New Deal or the New Green Deal or whatever it is. Senator Ed Markey… Do we have a sound bite? Did I just go past this not intending to? Hang on a minute. Ed Markey is the Senate cosponsor of the Green New Deal along with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the House of Representatives. By the way, she’s found a new place to live. She was complaining that she wasn’t gonna have a place to live before she was sworn in ’cause she didn’t have any money and wasn’t being paid her salary or anything.
It turns out she’s found a very exclusive place in the Navy Yard area of Washington, D.C., a very exclusive series of buildings where even studio apartments cost two grand a month, and that supposedly is where she’s living. And she doesn’t find anything hypocritical about. Of course not! There is hypocrisy that ever attaches to Democrats. Anyway, The Turtle, Mitch McConnell, shocked everybody yesterday by calling for a vote on the Green New Deal.
I got some reaction from people. “Why is he doing this? Why is he legitimizing this? Why in the world? Why not just let this thing fade away? The Democrats are in the process running away from it.” I said, “That’s the point! The Turtle doesn’t want them to get away with running away from it.” The brief history of the Green New Deal. The original presentation of the Green New Deal was actually a fact sheet of Frequently Asked Questions. It was a summary, and it was the summary that contained details like high-speed rail to replace airplane travel in 10 years — which, of course, led to all kinds of jokes.
“Hey, could I get the first first class seat on the train to Hawaii?” It even led to a Hawaii senator to say, “Well, now, wait a minute. How do we gonna get home here if they cancel airplanes?” And then there was gonna be all this high-speed rail and it was gonna replace all air travel. And then there was gonna be money for everybody for everything, including those unwilling to work. Well, this got the reaction that you would expect it would get.
People were perplexed and surprised and stunned, in the first place being told that we’ve only got 12 years to do any of this or we’re all cooked, and then the specific proposals. I mean, the reaction was what you would want it to be: Outrage, disgust, disbelief. Except among some Millennials. They thought it was great. My tech blog Millennial people… Many of them didn’t even write about it. I think it embarrassed them. But some of them thought it was a great set of objectives.
Well, Cortez came out and immediately sent her staff out to lie on Fox News and other places and claim, “We didn’t write that. That’s a Republican satire. We didn’t write that. That’s not us. You that’s a Frequently Asked Questions bit.” They lied through their teeth. They did write it. But when attention was focused… See, I’m not sure this was ever meant to be seen publicly. There’s something about this that’s got me thinking that something went wrong in the publicizing.
I think they were just gonna announce “Green New Deal,” but there was not supposed to be anything specific. I think it was supposed to serve an entirely different purpose. I think it was meant to get a big splash as Ocasio-Cortez’s first serious legislative proposal. But we weren’t supposed to get any details. It was supposed to get a splash, and then it was supposed to disappear, because I don’t believe that the liberals have gotten to the point where…
Even though they’re unmasking themselves on abortion and they’re removing all the camouflage on endless spending, I don’t think that they really think they’re safe enough here to announce that they have a plan to get rid of airplane travel in 10 years. They’re not… I don’t doubt that if these young kids think that’s what’s necessary to continue the earth being habitable, that they would try for it. I mean, I think there’s so much derangement and lunacy. I mean, these kids, the Cortez types…
I mean, they are the adult versions of everybody gets a trophy, everybody is wonderful, everybody’s perfect. You’re just the best — and you’re also a victim. I think they’ve grown up with all this self-esteem around them and thinking that they are smart and qualified and that these are the adult versions of what happens to kids when you raise them with all kinds of distortions. So some of them think this is wonderful, great stuff. But others — you know, the adults — Pelosi and the rest, don’t want to go anywhere near this.
So I think it was supposed to get a big splash and her first legislative proposal would then disappear. But The Turtle, realizing what he had here, said (laughing), “Oh, we’re not gonna let this disappear. We’re gonna call a vote on this! We’re gonna make people stand up and go ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on this.” That caused Ed Markey, who is the Democrat sponsor of the bill to say, “Don’t let…” He tweeted, “Don’t let Mitch McConnell fool you: this is nothing but an attempt to sabotage the movement we are building.
“He wants to silence your voice so Republicans don’t have to explain why they are climate change deniers. McConnell wants this to be the end…” So if I’m to understand Markey, The Turtle is sabotaging the Green New Deal by holding a vote on it? Stop and think of that. By publicizing it and calling for a vote on it, Ed Markey says that McConnell is sabotaging it. It’s classic! You know, Trump was elected because he didn’t pretend to respect Democrat phonies. Now McConnell, I think, is getting in on the act a little.
McConnell is pulling a Trump here. This is very Trumpian what The Turtle did. He’s shoving the Green New Deal right down Democrats’ throats, and he’s got the Democrat sponsor claiming that calling a vote on it and publicizing it and letting people vote “yes” or “no” on it is sabotaging it? The Turtle said, “I’ve noted with great interest the Green New Deal, and we’re going to be voting on that in the Senate. I’ll give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal.”
So now voting on something that Ocasio-Cortez has made her career on is a stunt? This couldn’t have worked out any better. They’re all claiming that McConnell is sabotaging it by publicizing it, sabotaging by calling a vote on it. Calling a vote on it is a stunt. I mean, the Democrats can give lengthy tributes on the floor of the Senate and they go on television and they can crazily advocate for the elimination of a combustion engine within 10 years, they can do all, but let somebody call attention to it other than them, and they freak out.
You have to laugh at them paying tribute. All these presidential candidates signing onto this. So far 70 Democrats, sight unseen, have signed on to the Green New Deal, paying tribute to the world’s most accomplished and smartest bartender, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Who still hasn’t accomplished anything of substance other than getting elected, which is no mean feat, but she did it with a 4% turnout.
Did you know that? Four percent turnout in her district? That’s how much it was assumed that that old Jurassic Park guy, Joe Crowley, was gonna win reelection, only 4% turned out! Democrats ought to be thanking The Turtle profusely. Look what the Democrats do. They shame people who eat eggs. They shame cows for farting. They shame people who eat beef. They shame people who have plus sized Diet Cokes. They shame people that have cars. They praise people unwilling to work. They praise people who feed off the public teat.
And now they can thank Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for giving the Democrats the opportunity to explain how they’re gonna destroy the United States economy in order to save the planet. So McConnell calls for a vote on it. And Markey, complaining about his own legislation, don’t let Mitch McConnell fool you. It’s nothing but an attempt to sabotage it. How can voting on it and calling attention to it be sabotaging? I love it.
RUSH: Richard in Pompano Beach, Florida, hi. You’re next as we hit the phones. How you doing, sir?
CALLER: Hey, Rush. Infinite dittos. Hey, just wanted to mention I think we need a big wedge issue with the Millennials and the Green New Deal, and I think one of the ways to do that is just calling to him, “If it goes through, there’s no more container ships coming from other continents. That’s done. They run on gas. No more iPhones, no more Samsungs, no more phones made outside the U.S. So we’d have to move it into the U.S. and they could become $2,000, $3,000 per phone — or more.”
RUSH: That actually is not a bad idea, folks. I have to tell you that if you ban fossil fuels, then you’re gonna have to come up with some substitute for cargo ships on the high seas to propel. If you take out diesel, natural gas, oil, whatever it is, you’re not gonna be able to on import any iPhones or Samsung phone or anything else made in China.
RUSH: It’s gonna be interesting to see, ’cause there has to be a breaking point because these people do believe… I cannot emphasize this enough. I really can’t. A lot of these young people really do believe all this, folks. It is funny and scary to read how scared they are and how hook, line, and sinker they believe every lie, every BS article on this. They literally believe the United States is destroying the planet, and that signing the Paris accords would save the planet.
They really believe that the earth may not be habitable. They’re fascinated by colonizing Mars and the Moon. It’s the most amazing thing. I read this stuff and say, “What have we done to these people?” But then you hit ’em with the reality of like the Green New Deal. “Okay, bye-bye airplanes, and you’re not gonna be able to build enough trains to accommodate the routes that you’re gonna lose.
“And you’re not gonna be able to buy any more tech ’cause you’re not gonna be able to get it here ’cause it’s gonna be made in China. And, by the way, China is gonna continue to grow and build and they’re not gonna get rid of any of this stuff we’re gonna get rid of.” At some point, they’ve got to wake up, and I would think Cortez’s Green New Deal would have shocked some of them into reality — and it may have. We just don’t know yet. Time will tell.