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Green New Deal would turn US into Venezuela, warns chair of SLO County GOP

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) speaks alongside Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) at a news conference about the Green New Deal on Feb. 7, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) speaks alongside Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) at a news conference about the Green New Deal on Feb. 7, 2019 in Washington, D.C. NYT

History has proven that socialistic promises like those in the Green New Deal are empty promises. Socialism always end in an authoritarian police state. Americans only need to look today to Venezuela where the government’s security forces are firing on their own people who are demanding food. Venezuelans are suffering starvation, misery and despair. This must not happen in America.

This is why the Democrat Green New Deal must be rejected. It has reared its ugly head in Washington, D.C., in Sacramento and now in SLO County.

The Republican Party of San Luis Obispo County voted unanimously to reject the Green New Deal. We also rebuke Rep. Salud Carbajal for his co-sponsorship of a resolution by Democrat Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez that recognizes the duty of the federal government to create a Green New Deal.

This socialistic proposal promises vast new social programs such as free health care for all and free college tuition, as well as a guaranteed basic income. There is no plan for how to pay for these programs adding tens of trillions of dollars to the national debt. This will surely bankrupt our nation and collapse our national economy.

As Britain’s Margaret Thatcher once said: “ The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

Randall Jordan, chair, Republican Party of San Luis Obispo

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