Perhaps the only surprise is that The Washington Post printed it:
More than 3 in 4 Americans had heard little or nothing about the plan, according to a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll.
By Dino Grandoni and Scott Clement | November 27, 2019 | 6:55 a.m. EST
Ever since Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced it last February, the Green New Deal has sparked a rancorous political debate about what exactly should be done to combat ever-worsening climate change.
But outside of Washington, few know much about it.
In a nationwide public opinion poll by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) this past summer, more than 3 in 4 Americans had heard little or nothing about the Green New Deal. While overall opinion was split, opposition rose among those most familiar with the plan.
Of those who said they had heard at least “a good amount” about the Green New Deal, nearly 6 in 10 opposed it. Among all adults, 20 percent supported it, while 20 percent were opposed and the rest said they did not know enough to have an opinion.
There’s more at the original.
We didn’t really need a public opinion poll about this, because we’ve already had, twice, the only kind of poll that counts: an election. Washington state voters, some of the more liberal in the country, sure do like Jay Inslee, having twice elected him Governor. But when Governor Inslee proposed Initiative 1631, which would have imposed a ‘carbon tax’ of $15 per metric ton, it was rejected by the voters, and rejected by a landslide margin. The same set of voters who gave 52.54% of their ballots to Hillary Clinton, as opposed to only 36.83% for Donald Trump, rejected Proposition 1631 by 56.56% to 43.44%, out of over three million ballots cast, only 300,000 fewer than were cast in the 2016 presidential election. Washington state voters are not exactly conservative.
Interestingly enough, self-identified Republicans were twice as likely to have heard about the details of the ‘Green New Deal’ than Democrats. But the Proposition 1631 results tell us what we need to know: when the public, including liberals, including Democrats, are informed about what a global warming climate change fighting plan will cost, they are opposed. And while 59% of poll respondents said that they didn’t know enough about the proposals to have an informed opinion, you can bet your last ruble that when the 2020 presidential campaign heats up, the public will hear about what the global warming climate change fighting plan of whomever is the Democratic nominee will cost them, because President Trump and the Republicans will be right there, telling them. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) plan has a projected cost of $3 trillion, but that’s chump change compared to Senator Bernie Sanders’ $16.3 trillion plan. Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s plan comes in at between $1.5 and $2.0 trillion, while former Vice President Joe Biden plans to spend $1.7 trillion.
And this is just on their climate change proposals; start throwing in their multiple trillion dollar notions on Medicare for All, and you start to see some really ridiculous numbers. Senator Warren plans to burn through $52 trillion for Medicare for All, so piffle, what’s the $3 trillion more she wants to spend on climate change? Senator Sanders’ Medicare for All proposal comes in lower, at $34 trillion, but add $16 trillion for his climate change plans, and you’ve got $50 trillion, over ten years.
To put that in perspective, the gross domestic product of the entire country was $20.90 trillion for 2018; the Democrats are planning on spending 2½ to 3 times an entire year’s GDP on just two big proposals. That’s beyond insane.
the Post discovered what we already knew: everyone wants to ‘do something’ about global warming climate change, right up until the point where it starts to cost themselves money. The Democratic cavalcade of clowns all assure us that we won’t pay for it, oh, no, it’ll be those wicked ol’ corporations and wicked 1%ers, but you have to be a blithering idiot to believe that. Corporations pass down their costs to consumers; they couldn’t stay in business if they didn’t. And the wealthiest Americans are so wealthy because they know how to protect what they have.
All costs are borne by the public. Most people have no idea what the ‘Green New Deal’ will cost, but once they find out, the Democrats are going to be in major, major trouble.
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