AOC Chief-Of-Staff Admits Green New Deal is About Socialism, Not Climate Change
Saikat Chakrabarti says deal is more about changing the economy
Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff admits that Green New Deal was not founded on the notion of tackling climate change but was originally designed around implementing socialism into the economy.
The remarks will add credence to claims that the deal is nothing more than a subversive socialist takeover of the U.S. economy.
Saikat Chakrabarti said:
“The interesting thing about the Green New Deal is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all," The Washington Post reported.
Chakrabarti made the remarks to Sam Ricketts, climate director for 2020 hopeful and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.
“Do you guys think of it as a climate thing?” Chakrabarti then asked.
“Because we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.”
The Green New Deal has garnered significant support from major news outlets this year, with 2020 contenders signing their names to the resolution pushed by Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass.
The figure estimates that each American household would pay $36,100 to $65,300 per year to meet the Green New Deal’s goals, the AAF report claims.
The deals goals include “net-zero” emissions, guaranteed jobs, universal health care, widespread high-speed rail, and upgrading every building.
AOC called the deal “a wartime-level, just economic mobilization plan to get to 100% renewable energy.”
It adds that “a new national social, industrial and economic mobilization on a scale not seen since World War II and the New Deal” is an opportunity to tackle systemic injustices of minority groups, and “provide unprecedented levels of prosperity and economic security for all people of the United States."
Republicans have highlighted the Green New Deal as an example of how far left the Democratic Party has shifted into socialism.
Ocasio-Cortez said that the deal would provide "economic security" for those who are "unwilling to work," courtesy of the taxpayer, according to talking points distributed by her office.
Even other Democrats referred to Ocasio-Cortez's socialist agenda as "a massive socialist economic policy platform."
The deal ultimately failed in the Senate after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., put it up to a test vote.
“I could not be more glad that the American people will have the opportunity to learn precisely where each one of their senators stand on the 'Green New Deal': a radical, top-down, socialist takeover of the entire U.S. economy,” McConnell said ahead of the vote.
In the conversation reported by the Post, Ricketts was reportedly uncertain about Chakrabarti’s statement.
“Yeah,” said Ricketts, before saying “no.”
“I think...it’s dual. It is both rising to the challenge that is existential around climate, and it is building an economy that contains more prosperity. More sustainability in that prosperity — and more broadly shared prosperity, equitability, and justice throughout.”
Chakrabarti reportedly praised Ricketts for his team's work in making a “comprehensive plan,” but then added:
“I’ll be honest, my view is I still think you guys aren’t going big enough.”