Green New Deal is unconstitutional

Editor,

For today’s edition of random philosophical musings. I have decided to be lazy and simply pick some low-hanging fruit. So, we will now talk about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Daisy Buchanan of the progressive left and her “Green New Deal,” or GND for short. I would love to have the luxury of simply ignoring what she says, but since some people seem to actually be listening to her and since she is splashed across TV 24/7 it’s kind of hard not to hear at least some of what comes out of her mouth. Whenever she speaks, I can feel brain cells actually dying. She has the intellectual sophistication of a seventh-grade student council vice president, delivered with the absolute certitude of a pampered snowflake who has received one too many participation trophy’s in her life.

Unfortunately, most of the mealy-mouthed counter arguments against the GND seem to center around things such as: how much it will cost and can we really “afford” it, or “is the environment really under that much pressure?” and, my favorite, the “gee, can we really do all that in 12 years” type of nonsense. Each of those arguments could be dissected by a fairly clever 12-year-old, but the fact is they are all meaningless smokescreens. The real argument against the GND is that it is a blatantly unconstitutional power grab by the federal government and the swamp-dwellers in Washington. I know in this day and age it might seem novel to want to refer to what is actually written in the Constitution, but call me old fashioned.

I have read the Constitution dozens of times and I challenge anybody to show, in the pages of this paper, where in the Constitution there is even a hint that the federal government is given this kind of power – to completely hijack the overall economy, appropriate private property and control and compel the economic activity of private citizens. This country was founded on the ideas of individual liberties and freedom. The federal government was ostensibly created to protect exactly those rights. Do you really think the brave patriots who stood against the British at Concord and Lexington did so because the Crown wasn’t providing affordable health care, or wasn’t taxing the “rich” enough? Nonsense.

Strip away the flowery language and the GND is positively Stalinesque in its scope and thinking and it will have exactly the same outcome here if enacted. Progressives are constantly babbling about the need to “fundamentally transform America.” To which I respond with two questions. First, why? America has brought more freedom and economic prosperity to the world than any government in recorded history. That’s somehow a bad thing? Secondly, transform it into what, exactly? Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea, East Germany? As anybody who has so much as remodeled a kitchen knows, you better have a real clear plan in mind before you start tearing stuff apart. Governments are no different.

David Goodyear

Coloma

Ticket speeders to pay for road repairs

Editor,

Here is a suggestion regarding our new gas tax proposal to fix the roads.: How about the police start ticketing the speeders on Demorrow Road in Stevensville?

Since I moved here in 2012 I have seen countless drivers shoot past my house, which is a 25 mph speed limit zone, at 45 to 70 mph. For the first couple of years I would call the police and they would occasionally send someone out to sit on a side road for a couple of hours, usually around noon, not exactly peak hours for speeders. One time I called the police department about this problem and was told that this is not a 25 mph zone. Funny, I mow around the 25 mph zone sign in the corner of my yard and I mentioned that to him and it fell on deaf ears.

With spring approaching, we have joggers, walkers, moms with toddlers in strollers, dog walkers, children playing next to a road where people drive on it like it is I-94. So my proposal is to start ticketing some of these speeders and that should help pay for our roads, not to mention possibly the national deficit.

Richard Glowacki

Stevensville