For decades, politicians have been arguing about America’s welfare system. Some believe that no one should receive any governmental support. No matter if they’re a veteran of the Armed Forces or someone disabled or laid off from work. Other politicians favor an approach that makes it a lot easier for people to access government benefits even if they don’t really need them.
Although she has only been an elected official for about a month, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a revolutionary plan that is about to shake things up. Her “Green New Deal” would invest $4.6 trillion into the infrastructure of the United States to make it stronger and our bridges better. But while that benefit is something we can all agree on, opponents to her “Green New Deal” do not like her requirement that all cards are electric, a ban on airplane travel, and the reduction of “farting cows,” which produce untold amounts of methane gas that damages the Earth’s ozone layer.
The plan, which includes fourteen pages of ideas, is currently in the House and is highly controversial.
The point of the “Green New Deal” is to create an America that supports the environment and no longer participates in the devastating effects of climate change. The proposal is a joint effort between Democratic Representative Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Democratic Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts.
The “Green New Deal” is a wish-list type of document that details all the things that America could do to help preserve the planet and reverse the effects of climate change. For example, the plan calls for changing transportation to 100-percent electric and replacing airplane travel with energy-efficient high-speed trains.
While this plan could work for most states, Representatives from Hawaii are not very happy about it.
“That would be pretty hard for Hawaii,” Senator Mazie Hirono said on Thursday.
Compared to the Obamacare law, which was 2,3000 pages long when Congress passed it in 2010, the Green New Deal is much smaller. Nevertheless, 60 House Democrats have already backed the bill, which would be non-binding if it passed.
In order to help people understand the bill, Senator Markey’s office released a shortened version. He describes it as a plan “to mobilize every aspect of American society at a scale not seen since World War 2 to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emission and create economic prosperity for all.”
Markey’s checklist said the plan guarantees “high-quality health care,” “safe, affordable, adequate housing,” “high-quality education,” as well as “economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work.”
Republican opponents to the Green New Deal worry that giving people access to government support if they are “unwilling to work,” could open up a lot of problems.
“This is a great prescription for making sure a large majority of people become unwilling to work,” a Republican Senate aide said in an email to Daily Mail.
While the bill supports the poor, the main goal is “for a full transition off fossil fuels and zero greenhouse gases.”
What do you think about this Green New Deal proposal?
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