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Hawaii Democrat Sen. Mazie Hirono thinks Americans ought to fundamentally change the way they think about climate change, arguing that climate change should be thought of as a “religion” rather than a “science.”

“Believe in climate change as though it’s a religion, it’s not a science,” Hirono encouraged.

The comment came during remarks the senator was delivering in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, making the case that citizens should be more active in leaving one’s comfort zone to be more assertive on left-wing demands.

Hirono’s bizarre line about climate change being framed as a religion over science falls in line with the direction that Democrats have been pushing the issue, ramping up calls to take an aggressive approach to combat environmental pollution.

Many 2020 Democrats chasing the party’s presidential nomination have signed onto the “Green New Deal,” a broad socialist proposal championed by freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York promising to wreak havoc on the global economy pledging “economic security” to those “unwilling to work.”

Ocasio-Cortez has previously compared climate change to World War II, calling for a World War II-scale movement to combat the impending destruction of the planet.

“So we talk about existential threats, the last time we had a really major existential threat to this country was around World War II, and so we’ve been here before and we have a blueprint of doing this before,” Ocasio-Cortez said last year.

What we had was an existential threat in the context of a war. We had a direct existential threat with another nation, this time it was Nazi Germany, and the Axis, who explicitly made the United States as an enemy, as an enemy. And what we did was that we chose to mobilize our entire economy and industrialized our entire economy and we put hundreds if not millions of people to work in defending our shores and defending this country. We have to do the same thing in order to get us to 100 percent renewable energy, and that’s just the truth of it.

The Green New Deal, the congresswoman’s solution to the problem includes provisions to completely abandon fossil fuels and renewable energy. The proposal also calls for the elimination of air travel, a ban on 99 percent of cars, and a prohibition on meat.

Ocasio-Cortez said she wonders if it is, “OK to still have children?” in a climate-ravaged world. A growing population control movement, calling themselves “birthstrikers” are choosing not to reproduce because of climate change.

However, the devotion to climate change activism does not end with policy proposals. In fact, the movement even has it’s own figures of worship like Ocasio-Cortez and Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg. A towering mural of Thunberg herself was recently painted on a building in San Franscico.

Tristan Justice is a staff writer at The Federalist focusing on the 2020 presidential campaigns. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at Tristan@thefederalist.com.

Author: Tristan Justice

Source: The Federalist: Democrat Sen. Mazie Hirono: ‘Believe In Climate Change As Though It’s A Religion’

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders of Vermont said in an interview published Tuesday that he doesn’t believe he needs to tell voters how it’s possible to fund his massively expensive plans for socialized medicine dubbed “Medicare for All.”

When pressed by CNBC’s John Harwood on how a Sanders administration would come up with enough revenue for the program, Sanders dismissed the concern.

“You’re asking me to come up with an exact detailed plan of how every American – how much you’re going to pay more in taxes, how much I’m going to pay. I don’t think I have to do that right now,” Sanders asserted.

White House rival Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who co-sponsored the Sanders “Medicare for All” bill in the Senate and is pushing a nearly identical health plan on the campaign trail, has also dodged questions on how she would fund the program.

Numerous budget experts agree that it would be impossible to fund “Medicare for All” without drastically hiking middle-class taxes. While Warren notably evaded questions on whether she would spike taxes on the middle class in this month’s Democratic debate in Ohio, a new report from the independent public policy think tank the Committee for A Responsible Federal Budget shows that it would be mathematically impossible to pay for the program without doing so.

“There is simply not enough available revenue from high earners and businesses to cover the full cost of eliminating premiums, ending all cost-sharing, and expanding coverage to all Americans and for (virtually) all health services,” the authors of the study wrote.

The approximate price tag for Sanders and Warren’s proposal comes in at an estimated $30 trillion over its first ten years, according to the experts at the Committee for A Responsible Federal Budget. Their study concluded that even introducing the most confiscatory tax rates on high-income families and corporations would only generate $11 trillion, only a third of the required revenue.

A similar study from the conservative Heritage Foundation came to the same conclusion. David Burton, a senior economist at the foundation, reported that even if the federal government were to confiscate every dollar Americans earn above $200,000 every year, it would only cover half of Democrats’ far-left agenda including Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, a universal basic income, socialized college, and other extreme proposals.

“The reality is that progressive promises can only be funded by radical tax increases on the middle class, a dramatic increase in annual federal deficits and the national debt, or a combination of the two,” Burton wrote in the report.

While Warren continues to avoid saying whether she would raise everyone’s taxes to support “Medicare for All,” Sanders has been more honest, admitting during the October debate that a middle-class tax increase would be required to fund the enormously expensive proposal, although Sanders has been light on the details.

As Democrats struggle to hammer out a way to pay for their health fantasies, the U.S. debt and deficit have been hitting all-time highs, with the federal deficit reaching nearly $1 trillion in the 2019 fiscal year primarily due to entitlements. The Congressional Budget Office is forecasting the deficit to exceed that number next year, and programs like Social Security and Medicare are projected to go insolvent in the near future.

Tristan Justice is a staff writer at The Federalist focusing on the 2020 presidential campaigns. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at Tristan@thefederalist.com.

Author: Tristan Justice

Source: The Federalist: Bernie: ‘I Don’t Think I Have To’ Explain How To Pay For Socialized Medicine

2020 Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden claimed Saturday to have began his long career at Delaware State University, a historically black college in his home state, as opposed to the University of Delaware where he actually went to school.

“I got started out at an HBCU, Delaware State. Now I don’t want to hear anything negative about Delaware State here. They’re my folks,” Biden said during a South Carolina town hall.

While Biden’s comments make it unclear what the former vice president was exactly referring to during Saturday’s town hall, it is likely Biden was claiming to have gone to school there given his own history of exaggerating his record on civil rights and his summer of gaffes. He’s also been criticized for his age and poor memory.

The confusing mix-up occurred while Biden was touting his education plan to voters in the early primary state as the campaign begins to downplay expectations in Iowa and New Hampshire pivoting its focus on South Carolina and Nevada.

Real Clear Politics’ latest aggregate of polls shows Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren now leading Biden in both Iowa and New Hampshire, the first two states to cast votes in the Democratic primary while Biden maintains a firm grip on his frontrunner status in the following two states.

Biden’s campaign has been struggling in recent weeks to keep a strong hold on its first-place position as Warren briefly eclipsed Biden in national polls earlier this month to provide Biden unwanted company at the top of the pack. Warren’s poll numbers have since slipped but remains Biden’s most competitive threat in the primary given her strength in the early voting states and fundraising numbers outraising Biden by nearly $10 million in the third quarter. Biden was also out-raised by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Tristan Justice is a staff writer at The Federalist focusing on the 2020 presidential campaigns. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at Tristan@thefederalist.com.

Author: Tristan Justice

Source: The Federalist: Joe Biden Claims He Started Out At A Historically Black College. He Didn’t

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