The leaked then dropped Frequently Asked Questions page on Democrat Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal page has been the center of controversy over the last few days.
The page claimed that the Green New Deal would provide “economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work.”
An overview circulated by proponents states the plan seeks a “massive transformation of our society” that could rid the country of fossil fuels and “create millions of family supporting-wage [sic] union jobs.”
But for those not interested in working, there’s something in the plan as well.
The overview notes that the Green New Deal aims to provide “economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work.”
While the resolution patterns itself after President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, which was aimed at rescuing the country from the Great Depression, the FDR plan did not include a proviso for those willingly idle. The Green New Deal seeks to shift the U.S. to all renewable energy in 10 years.
Conservatives raised questions about the claim, forcing Ocasio-Cortez’s office on the defense.
The page was initially taken down without an explanation, leading some people to believe Democrats couldn’t handle the number of questions and criticisms they were receiving on the page. Nonetheless, the page was disabled, the Hill reports:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and her aides are rushing to clarify details of her recently proposed Green New Deal (GND) after an FAQ sheet it released sparked an uproar.
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Ocasio-Cortez’s office sent a copy of the resolution this week as well as an embargoed FAQ sheet about the initiative to various media outlets, including The Hill. NPR published the FAQ sheet, which included provisions about eliminating air travel, guesswork surrounding cows’ flatulence and economic security for those who are “unable or unwilling to work.”
The document swiftly drew the ire of conservatives who said some of the policies in the FAQ document showed the GND was not a serious proposal.
“There are multiple doctored GND resolutions and FAQs floating around. There was also a draft version that got uploaded + taken down. There’s also draft versions floating out there,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Saturday, attaching the proposal she introduced in the House.
And, via the Washington Examiner:
The page, announcing an 8:30 a.m. launch on Feb. 7, is now gone, and a top adviser suggested Friday it was actually authored and distributed by the GOP.
By the afternoon of Feb. 7, Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., removed the document from her website without explanation but following backlash and even ridicule over the radical plans outlined within it, including a call to “eliminate emissions from cows or air travel” — which would functionally ban the latter — and to provide “economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work.”
Eventually, the New York congresswoman’s office said the page was removed because it was never intended to be activated in the first place and was simply “an early draft.”
The office later admitted posting the FAQ, but said it was done so in error.
“But on Saturday morning, chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti tweeted that the FAQ page was indeed posted by the Ocasio-Cortez staff but was done so in error. He called the page ‘an early draft of an FAQ that was clearly unfinished’ and that doesn’t represent the GND resolution got published to the website by mistake (idea was to wait for launch, monitor q’s, and rewrite that FAQ before publishing),” the Washington Examiner reports.
The answer pacified some of the critics: if the page was never supposed to be up and if a website manager accidentally uploaded it, then the quick deletion makes sense. But, according to the Federalist’s David Harsanyi, the page was not uploaded by some intern or staffer or some outside group who made a mistake, it was uploaded by chief-of-staff Saikat Chakrabarti.
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“The bottom line is that Team AOC was caught peddling BS after being embarrassed by their own Green New Deal FAQ, but if Democrats know anything, it’s that the media will more often than not have their backs,” Twitchy reports. And the media did!
Business Insider helped perpetuate that line in a report they titled, “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accidentally released a document that supported paying Americans ‘unwilling to work,’ and conservatives attacked her for it.”