By Steve Hunley

The socialist fantasies of leading Democrats contending for the presidency very well may accomplish what many believe to be impossible: the reelection of President Donald Trump.  According to a recent Gallup poll, 47% of Democrats in this country say they identify with the “centrist” wing of the party.  Perry Bacon, Jr. of Five Thirty Eight discovered at least one quarter of Democrats voting in primary states where exit or entrance polls have been conducted consider themselves to be moderate or conservative.  Yet many candidates, including Senator Kamala Harris and Senator Cory Booker are pandering to the activist left wing of their party.  Perhaps it might be the path to the Democratic nomination, but will it help win votes in the heartland of our country?

The media’s obsession with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is, in my opinion, doing nothing to help the Democratic Party.  A bartender until winning the Democratic nomination for Congress in her district, Ocasio-Cortez is, at best, ill-informed; at worst, she’s simply quite stupid.  Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” resolution is almost laughable.  The Green New Deal calls for the elimination of “every combustion-engine vehicle” and no more airplanes.  I suppose if you intend to travel outside the country, say to Europe or Asia, you would have to go by ship.  Ocasio-Cortez says her Green New Deal will cause every building in the United States of America to be retrofitted to comply with her legislation.  And yes, something must be done about cows passing gas.  I am not making that up, Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal states we must do something about cow flatulence.

Ocasio-Cortez’s resolution is like a small child with a shiny new quarter.  She proposes to provide every person in the country with a job to support his or her family; “healthy food,” “economic security” for all those unable or unwilling to work for a living, “safe, affordable, adequate housing.”  Ocasio-Cortez, like some Americans, seems not to realize we cannot afford those programs we have now.  The deficits are growing and out of control.  Of course Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow leftists have a simplistic solution to that problem: simply tax the rich out of existence.  How childish must one be to think the wealthy people are simply going to give up everything they’ve earned during their lifetimes for someone else?  The wealthy are the most mobile class on the planet and other countries have watched helplessly as the wealthy have fled the country rather than pay everything they have to support everybody else.

The Green New Deal resolution might well have been written by a middle school student it is so juvenile in logic and scope and use of language, which includes we must “plant lots of trees” and the like.  Some estimates to fund what Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal run as high as $50 TRILLION dollars.

For Democratic candidates seeking the presidency to endorse Ocasio-Cortez’s infantile policies, it makes them less appealing to the people in the middle.  For those concerned about the future of the country and spending, it will scare those folks to death.  For those worried about the future of America and our country’s ability to survive and prosper, it will be merely unacceptable.  The primary beneficiary of a nominee too liberal for Nancy Pelosi is almost surely Donald Trump.