In what could be a major game changer, the unions are waking up to the fact that the unions are balking at the radical Democrats’ Green New Deal. (GND) The quick reduction in the use of fossil fuels would lead to the loss of millions of union jobs, mainly in mining, oil drilling, and manufacturing. Then there is Medicare for All, that does away with private insurance. Unions operate these themselves and pocket huge amounts of cash. Union members enjoy a Cadillac healthcare plan that they would lose right away. This creates a huge problem for Democrats and their many members co-sponsoring the GND bill. People vote with their wallets.
When Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez first introduced the costly socialist power grab known as the Green New Deal — with a matching resolution in the Senate by Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey — it was widely criticized and mocked as absurd and unconstitutional by the right.
Even some on the left expressed misgivings about the proposal to fundamentally transform the entirety of the United States’ energy sector, economy and much of society in general, ostensibly to combat climate change but in reality to centralize more power and control with the federal government.
Now the Democrats who support the measure put forward by Ocasio-Cortez are facing an incredible predicament as a major force for fundraising and voter support on the left — organized labor unions, especially the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, or AFL-CIO — have come out firmly against the Green New Deal.
That will force some Democrats to choose between placating their typically moderate liberal union worker voters or appeasing the increasingly rabid and radical far-left base of the party that demands significant action on environmental concerns.
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