This headline – “Green New Deal is a raw new deal for Colorado” (April 4) – is absolutely characteristic of Sen. Cory Gardner and the Republicans in general. In the article, Gardner says, “it takes a socialist economic agenda and puts it under the umbrella of environmentalism.” The word here that is key to Republican orthodoxy is socialist and the orthodoxy it has been cemented into is fear. Republicans do not sell ideas to America, they sell fear; their usual campaign mantra is “Be afraid. Be very afraid.” We are to be afraid of Central Americans invading our borders, Democrats voting illegally, and socialism – egad, socialism!
“The country is a mess,” Trump said, “and only I can fix it.” Two years of total Republican control and they have fixed nothing. Two years of complaining about infrastructure and no infrastructure bills. A trillion dollar tax giveaway and eying Medicare and Social Security to fill the tax gap. Why is this? Because Republicans apparently are not aware that “Congress is a place where bold ideas are developed and debated, rejected or approved.”
Democrats have proposed some ideas for Congressional consideration, calling it “The Green New Deal.” After careful consideration, the Republican response has been “It will cost $93 trillion! Be very afraid.”
America needs a Republican party that is willing to rise to consider the worldwide threat of global warming and climate change with all of its implications. America needs a Republican party, but a rational one, a party relying on intelligence, not fear, and ideas not based on unlimited outside money from the likes of the oil industry and the NRA.