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(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY FEB. 11, 2019) — The GOP’s secret weapon to retain the White House in 2020 — which, incidentally and unbelievably is less than a year away — has struck again. The Dems’ only hope will be to find a way to stifle this traitorous element of the party and see that Joe Biden, a Syracuse product and the only serious Donkey contender at this point, wins the nomination. Fightin’ Joe, however, will find it more difficult each day wild-eyed Rep. Alexandria Ocascio-Cortez continues to House wreck and run wild off the leash.

O-C has unveiled her so-called Green New Deal. The proposal, which calls for an unprecedented expansion and intrusion of the federal government into every aspect of daily life, makes FDR’s New Deal look like the economics of Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman of the Chicago School. THE PLANET would love Dr. Charles Trzcinka’s take.

Of course, the radical plan was endorsed by ultra-left party apparatchiks including reps. Ed Markey of the Bay State, and presidential no-shots Kamala Harris, D-CA; Cory Booker, D-NJ, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, and our own Elizabeth Warren. The latter, incidentally, had to issue her third apology of the week when the Washington Post revealed she had self-identified as “American Indian” in her 1986 Texas bar application.

Fortunately, the plan has zero chance of success. It’s a non-binding resolution, not a bill. At best, it would provide input on future congressional legislation on climate change. At worst it dies on the vine as a PR stunt given life solely because of social media and O-C’s lipstick. If she looked like Bella Abzug, no one hears about it.

The Green New Deal’s purpose is to serve as a publicity campaign O-C, Booker, Harris, and company. Cheap publicity has replaced sober policy for moonbat, you-go-girl, party progressives (Andrea Harrington and Helen Moon, anyone?). Unfortunately, this stuff plays well on social media, irreparably harming the minds of countless young people whose beautiful idealism becomes sacrificial victim of cynical political opportunists. The strategy, which plays well for the party elites in Berkshire County and bicoastal enclaves, will flop elsewhere. Can you imagine someone like Harris as the Democrat nominee next year, having to defend a “democratic economy?”

If Democrats seriously advance what O-C calls “a comprehensive agenda of economic, social, and racial justice,” it will ensure a bull rush for Republicans, mainly from middle America. That’s why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wisely dismissed the wacky plan as “the green dream, or whatever they call it … nobody knows what it is.” You see, kids, it is wise to have the adults around.

The Green New Deal would intrude into every aspect of daily life. For example, it would ban commercial air travel. Buh-bye, airplanes; they pollute too much. It would provide welfare (taxpayer money) to all in need, even those, in O-C’s memorable words, “unwilling to work.” Let that sink in. The Green New Deal will hand out monthly payments for every lazy moocher in the land. Welfare scamming is bad enough now, but under the new plan, the cheats would no longer have to scam. They would simply be given a monthly kiss “just because.”

None of the backers of the resolution have explained how they would pay for it. Actually, there’s no way to realistically calculate the cost of such an ill-defined deal. Initial estimates put the floor at $2 trillion dollars. No number, though, could be put on the cost of disrupting global trade or the one million jobs the plan would eliminate. We’re talking multiple trillions of dollars.

The Republicans actually have been tame in their response, willing to let the damage play out across America.

“The Green New deal is a raw deal for the American taxpayer,” said Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo, who chairs the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “[It’s] a socialist manifesto that lays out a laundry list of government giveaways, including guaranteed food, housing, college, and economic security [income], even for those who refuse to work.”

THE PLANET would like to think that the Democrats aren’t that stupid. We’d prefer the nomination of a strong candidate who can provide the entire country, and not just the radical left, with a viable choice in 2020.

Joe Biden, our nation turns its lonely eyes to you.


“But tell me, who are they, these wanderers, even more transient than we ourselves?” — Rainer Maria Rilke, from “Fifth Duino Elegy.”



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  1. Hondurans for Trump
    February 12, 2019 at 1:09 pm #

    It was the Clintons who are the Originators off.. pay to play.

  2. u
    February 12, 2019 at 1:51 pm #

    Obama perfected it.

  3. Halo
    February 12, 2019 at 3:16 pm #

    Tonight’s City Council Meeting is canceled tonight.

  4. Art Seller
    February 12, 2019 at 5:44 pm #

    Flimsy. 56% of Americans have faith in Mueller facts. Scump 33%. Please tell us some facts as to what you imply. Real facts. Not alternative facts or truth isn’t truth or any of that bull. Just the facts and the truth.

  5. Dick Flimsy
    February 12, 2019 at 5:56 pm #

    Democrat Corey Booker wants you to go vegan Art. So go buy your self some yummy tofu. Bon Appetite.

    • Art Seller
      February 12, 2019 at 6:18 pm #

      Flimsy I asked you to provide some substantiation for your comments but my post disappeared. You were talking about Mueller being dirty. Can you clarify your remarks????

      • Dick Flimsy
        February 12, 2019 at 6:45 pm #

        Do some research.

      • danvalenti
        February 12, 2019 at 8:59 pm #

        That is much better worded! Good job.

  6. u
    February 12, 2019 at 6:00 pm #

    Methinks the stinking tax return for the Base has resulted in a no-faith-in-trump outlook. Many are paying in or not getting anything back.

    • Art Seller
      February 12, 2019 at 6:39 pm #

      Talking about socialism I spoke to my cousin who lives in Norway. He has been there for 18 years. He says he would never come back to the US. He says at first he didnt think he would like socialism but now says it is the best system he ever lived under. He said a lot of money is taken out of his pay check but that he gets more back than what he pays out if he did have to payout any money. He has been proding me to come there on holiday for a long time but I never really thought that I would go. I’m 82 now and I have been seriously thinking about going. I should have went when I was younger but it’s now or never. I have been feeling optimistic about this trip and it might be the last time my cousin and I ever see each other again. When I get there I can send some posts to the planet and give everyone a birds eye view of socialism. If I like it there I just might stay there as there isn’t much here to hold me here especially with taxes and all the other expenses that keep me poor here in pittsfield. I’m intrigued about this trip and when your 82 you dont get very excited about much. Of course I will miss my friends but I can keep up with them on the internet. Those who dont like me on this board will be happy to see me go but I will miss them to.

      • X-Lachs Lounge
        February 12, 2019 at 6:44 pm #

        This is a lie! But if you go I’ll chip in for a one-way ticket.

        • Hondurans for Trump
          February 12, 2019 at 7:22 pm #

          I can drive him there,after all, the Green Agenda won’t let us in the air.

      • Kermit Frog
        February 12, 2019 at 7:52 pm #

        God bless you Art – dang I hope to make it to 80!! Norway is the wealthiest country in the world, I think – all the oil money.

  7. Hondurans for Trump
    February 12, 2019 at 6:46 pm #

    You can still post from Norway, that’s if your hands aren’t frozen.

    • Gobsig
      February 12, 2019 at 6:51 pm #

      He doesn’t like the taxes here but wants to live under socialism.

    • Hell Toupee
      February 12, 2019 at 7:38 pm #

      Art, you can ride AOCs high speed train directly to Norway.

  8. The school committee
    February 13, 2019 at 12:29 pm #

    Three of the top five economies are Socialist not economic pyramids with the bottom holding up the few.Art ask him more about it.These people think art of the deal is a classic.

  9. Billy Zorn
    February 14, 2019 at 10:07 am #

    Trump is a shoe-in for 2020. The one caveat would be a bad economy. That’ll sink any candidate.