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Campus Reform’s Cabot Phillips recently traveled to the University of Miami to ask students for their take on the “Green New Deal” proposal recently introduced by Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Initially, each student supported the measure — until Phillips explained what’s actually in it.
The Green New Deal, a grab-bag of progressive and socialist goals with a veneer of environmentalism and social justice, was immediately endorsed by a number of top Democrats and 2020 presidential contenders after its release.
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When Phillips first asked the college kids about the plan, they said they liked its “progressive” and ambitious goals to save the world from climate change, with one student even suggesting that simply knowing who had endorsed it was enough to earn his support.
Everything changed, however, once Phillips shared some of the ludicrous provisions of the plan, such as those mentioned above, at which point all of the students expressed their shock at the “extreme” measures proposed in the plan.
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Regarding the goal to eliminate the use of carbon-emitting fossil fuels — coal, natural gas, oil — within ten years, many of the students expressed their disapproval. One woman said doing so in that time frame wouldn’t be “feasible,” while a male student worried about the “economic impact” such an “extreme” measure would have on global markets, while another simply said it “sounds like a reach.”
On the topic of providing economic security to those unwilling to work, the students were in agreement that doing so would be unfair to those who do work and contribute to society.
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“If you are not willing to contribute to society, I don’t think that the people who are contributing should pay for you. So I disagree with that,” one young man said. His friend sitting across the table added, “Everyone needs to contribute. That’s the only way...
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