AOC Responds to Dancing Controversy with…MORE Dancing

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    • #8510
      Average Gazoo
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      ETA:  Best quick overview of the back and forth:

      So someone found an old college video that shows AOC and others recreating the dancing scene from “The Breakfast Club” and apparently it blew the GOP’s minds…

      They created a tempest in a tea pot over that so today AOC danced again and her response has already racked up 5 million views.


      Be the Change

    • #8523
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      for me the jury is still out.    i’m all for a higher tax rate for top-top earners, but to justify it with clean energy doesn’t seem like a smart thing to do.    there are plenty of other reasons to raise income taxes – pay for clean energy with energy use taxes in some sectors….     i’ll keep hoping i guess

      • #8527
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        Do you want only professional politicians and boot lickers in the halls of Congress to “roll up there sleeves”? What I see in AOC is hope for a redirection of the institutions that direct our lives. What I see in AOC is a young female Bernie Sanders. Born into a different ‘age’ in America but clearly forward-thinking with a positive energy. I’m not too interested in vested wonks (remember the queen? her named starts with an H). I want enthusiasm,


        • #8534
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          it had me canvassing in 2008.  i still have hope but would like to see legislation considered or introduced that has a chance of passing.

      • #9006
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        and much more. Please keep in mind it is just at a rough draft stage with the basic tenets laid out. From her initial proposal:


        (A) The Plan for a Green New Deal (and the draft legislation) shall be developed with the objective of reaching the following outcomes within the target window of 10 years from the start of execution of the Plan:

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          Dramatically expand existing renewable power sources and deploy new production capacity with the goal of meeting 100% of national power demand through renewable sources;

        building a national, energy-efficient, “smart” grid;

        upgrading every residential and industrial building for state-of-the-art energy efficiency, comfort and safety;

        eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from  the manufacturing, agricultural and other industries, including by investing in local-scale agriculture in communities across the country;

        eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from, repairing and improving transportation and other infrastructure, and upgrading water infrastructure to ensure universal access to clean water;

        funding massive investment in the drawdown of greenhouse gases;

        making “green” technology, industry, expertise, products and services a major export of the United States, with the aim of becoming the undisputed international leader in helping other countries transition to completely greenhouse gas neutral economies and bringing about a global Green New Deal.

        (B) The Plan for a Green New Deal (and the draft legislation) shall recognize that a national, industrial, economic mobilization of this scope and scale is a historic opportunity to virtually eliminate poverty in the United States and to make prosperity, wealth and economic security available to everyone participating in the transformation. In furtherance of the foregoing, the Plan (and the draft legislation) shall:

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          provide all members of our society, across all regions and all communities, the opportunity, training and education to be a full and equal participant in the transition, including through a job guarantee program to assure a living wage job to every person who wants one;

        diversify local and regional economies, with a particular focus on communities where the fossil fuel industry holds significant control over the labor market, to ensure workers have the necessary tools, opportunities, and economic assistance to succeed during the energy transition;

        require strong enforcement of labor, workplace safety, and wage standards that recognize the rights of workers to organize and unionize free of coercion, intimidation, and harassment, and creation of meaningful, quality, career employment;

        ensure a ‘just transition’ for all workers, low-income communities, communities of color, indigenous communities, rural and urban communities and the front-line communities most affected by climate change, pollution and other environmental harm including by ensuring that local implementation of the transition is led from the community level and by prioritizing solutions that end the harms faced by front-line communities from climate change and environmental pollution;

        protect and enforce sovereign rights and land rights of tribal nations;

        mitigate deeply entrenched racial, regional and gender-based inequalities in income and wealth (including, without limitation, ensuring that federal and other investment will be equitably distributed to historically impoverished, low income, deindustrialized or other marginalized communities in such a way that builds wealth and ownership at the community level);

        include additional measures such as basic income programs, universal health care programs and any others as the select committee may deem appropriate to promote economic security, labor market flexibility and entrepreneurism; and

        deeply involve national and local labor unions to take a leadership role in the process of job training and worker deployment.

        (C) The Plan for a Green New Deal (and the draft legislation) shall recognize that innovative public and other financing structures are a crucial component in achieving and furthering the goals and guidelines relating to social, economic, racial, regional and gender-based justice and equality and cooperative and public ownership set forth in paragraphs (2)(A)(i) and (6)(B). The Plan (and the draft legislation) shall, accordingly, ensure that the majority of financing of the Plan shall be accomplished by the federal government, using a combination of the Federal Reserve, a new public bank or system of regional and specialized public banks, public venture funds and such other vehicles or structures that the select committee deems appropriate, in order to ensure that interest and other investment returns generated from public investments  made in connection with the Plan will be returned to the treasury, reduce taxpayer burden and allow for more investment….

        Bernie: "Not Me. Us"

    • #8635
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      that she is Bernie’s protege, in direct contact,  covering his flank in the House…

      After all:


      “Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”
      ~Samuel Clemens

    • #8637
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      They will always be haters.

      Forcing people to work without pay is akin to slavery.

    • #8642
      Cold Mountain Trail
      • Total Posts: 13,289

      freshman “progressives”.  that alone speaks volumes.

      congress needs more dancing and less bull.

    • #8988
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      Glad to have confirmation of what I thought I was seeing 🙂

      The majority of mankind is ground down by industrial oppression in order that the small remnant may live in ease.
      —Helen Keller, 1911

      Joe Biden, you're no Jack Kennedy: "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."—John F Kennedy, 1962

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