Good News: We Can Create Public Banks To Fund The Green New Deal

It’s a shell game, and it’s still your money being used for their Modern Socialist ideas

Public banking can fund green investment

To ensure the long-term environmental health of the planet, we will have to spend. This spending cannot be wasteful, but must embody a pragmatic investment in our future. Estimates predict that we will have to invest $5.7 trillion worldwide annually to fund green infrastructure and conservation efforts. As a Center for Strategic and International Studies brief notes, this investment gap is concentrated in developed countries.

In recognition of America’s responsibility for swift and consequential action, legislators have introduced the Green New Deal—a policy proposal for addressing climate change and environmental deterioration. Yet, even the lower end of estimates put the plan’s sticker price in the multi-trillions of dollars.

Investments in infrastructure, or other massive policy initiatives of the kind that environmental crises require, have historically been shared between the federal government and the states. While the national body would provide some funding and expertise through grants and federal agencies, states would identify the most profitable investment opportunities and the areas of the most need. But, with a decade sincethe last major federal infrastructure bill, the federal government has become an unreliable source of green investment funding. And it’s no surprise why. The federal debt is above $22 trillion, the annual deficit projected near $1 trillion and politicians have prioritized other issues.

Also, if you’ll remember, most of the “green” money from the Stimulus was used to hook up Obama donors, and, what have we gotten from it? Almost nothing. A majority of those loans have resulted in nothing, as well as lots of defaults/un-repaid. Solyndra was the poster child of irresponsible loans.

This has put states in a compromising position. On the one hand, they need to invest in sustainability and conservation to protect their citizens, their environments and their economies from ecological disaster. On the other hand, they face their own pressing budget issues and an increasingly reluctant partner in the federal government. Through the establishment of state public banks, state governments can escape this dilemma and deliver affordable, green investment to their communities.

This is how it works: A state grants a charter to a bank of its own creation. The conditions of the charter give the bank a “public purpose” that ensures that the bank and its officials maximize community benefits and not profit. The state, once the bank has been established, moves most of its existing funds into the bank as deposits. These deposits allow the bank to create loans and other financial instruments with the goal of reinvesting state money back into the state economy.

There are two ways in which a state bank can fund state investment for a greener future. First, the bank can provide loans, bonds and other forms of financing for investments to the state government and private organizations on better terms than those available in regular markets.

As a part of the bank’s orders to serve the public interest, it can prioritize societally-beneficial investments over profit-making. As a result, it can afford to provide credit at lower interest rates or with lower fees, or both, than most profit-seeking banks can afford.

Where are they getting the backing money? Your pocket, of course. For social justice stuff. There’s no possible way this could be abused, right, especially with below market rates, right?

Second, a public bank will improve a state’s fiscal health. By holding state deposits as assets, the bank’s profits can be returned to state coffers to fund direct state investment. Additionally, the activity of the state bank – which will prioritize investing state assets and extending credit within the state for the benefit of the state – will improve the state economy. Exploratory analyses in New JerseyWashington and Maryland have all estimated the creation of thousands of new jobs and millions of dollars in economic growth from the establishment of a public bank. These economic gains will flow back to the state through increased revenues, which can then be reinvested into essential environmental projects.

And will mostly increase the size of government. The article mentions that the state of North Dakota has done this, but, then, ND isn’t big into the Social Justice Warrior scene, nor in pissing their citizen’s money on Hotcoldwetdry stuff. It’s a state that relies on its fossil fuels industry. How well will this work in places like NJ, Washington, and Maryland, among other left leaning states? What happens when the loans default? Will the state come after the money, or, will they just write it off as serving the public interest?

It comes down to the notion that private banks won’t piss away the money deposited for projects bound to fail, so, let’s create something run by government. And you know it would work quite differently than in North Dakota. And when that doesn’t work, will they come after the private banks, much like they did with private student loans? Remember, the use of, cost of, and default of those student loans has skyrocketed since Obamacare created a virtual takeover of the student loans business.

Further, if this is so darned important, why are True Believers funding this? Why do Warmists always want to use Someone Else’s money?

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AOC: Now, We’re Totally Not Open Borders

This surely isn’t Open Borders

Remember, we aren’t supposed to consider this Open Borders. Here’s a full quote via Ed Morrissey

I think migration, to me, is liberation. It’s the ability to move and be — it’s the freedom to be, really, is what we’re talking about.  And I think that all people should be free to here, and in our communities. Because I think that when you start viewing human beings as intrinsically valuable, you feel blessed that they have come to you with their presence. And that’s really the shift I think that we need to make as a country …

Ed also notes “The fact that AOC’s lecturing on the “blessing” of unexpected and unannounced migrants makes this an obvious plea for open borders and no bar on migration at all. ” It is open borders. Then we have this from the same town hall

(Breitbart) Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said over the weekend that the United States government must have a “lifelong commitment” to illegal immigrant migrants separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border and provide “mental healthcare services” to them “for the rest of their lives.”

Speaking at a town hall event in Queens, New York, Ocasio-Cortez, who has referred to migrant detention centers as “concentration camps,” reportedly argued that the U.S. government must make a “lifelong commitment” to migrant children because “even if you separate a kid from their parents for two days, you have already created life-long lasting trauma.”

“I believe we have responsibility to provide mental healthcare services to those children for the rest of their lives,” Ocasio-Cortez said, according to a Guardian report. “And there are children who have been separated that we have reunified, and it took about a year to reunify some of these kids with their parents. Lifelong trauma for which we, the United States, are responsible… And it chills me to my core to think about 20 years from now, when these kids grow up, the story that they will have about America.”

She’s advocating for every person who has shown up at the border unannounced/entered illegally to allowed to stay with no conditions. That’s open borders.

Go ahead, Democrats, run on this.

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We’re Saved: S. Korea Cuts Down 2 Million Trees, Replaces Them With Solar Panels

This is some crazy logic

Killing Gaia to save Gaia from having a fever (it’s not really a new article, from back in April, but, folks are noticing and it’s a good illustration of just what these Cultists are doing)

More than 2 million trees have been cut down in South Korea over the last three years to make space for solar panels, according to opposition lawmakers who argue that the government’s renewable push should not be a replacement of nuclear energy.

Since the government strongly pushed for solar power business in 2017, 4,407 hectares of forest have been damaged, 15 times the space of the Yeouido area of Seoul, according to Rep. Yoon Sang-jin of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party on Thursday.

The removal of trees, which stood at around 310,000 in 2016, jumped to about 670,000 in 2017 and over 1.3 million in 2018.

So, beautiful, natural trees removed, nice forest areas and wild spaces, to be replaced with ugly solar panels.

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If All You See…

…is a world flooded from carbon pollution, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is A View From The Beach, with a post on a good question on bans on plastic straws.

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Jew And Israel Hating Omar And Tlaib To Be Allowed In To Israel

There’s no doubt that Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are Jew and Israel haters. It is smart politics of Israel to let them in, though

U.S. Envoy: Israel to Allow Omar, Tlaib Entry ‘Out of Respect for Congress’

Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer said Israel would allow BDS-supporting Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib to visit “out of respect for Congress.”

“Out of respect for the U.S. Congress and the great alliance between Israel and America, we would not deny entry to any member of Congress into Israel,” Dermer told the Haaretz daily on Friday. (snip)

Speaking to the Jewish Insider on Wednesday, Omar said that she and Tlaib were planning to visit Israel and the West Bank in “a few weeks.”

“Everything that I hear points to both sides feeling like there is still an occupation,” Omar told the paper.

Her comments were made after pushing a pro-BDS resolution in Congress, co-sponsored by Tlaib (D-Michigan) and Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia), that seeks to “oppose unconstitutional legislative efforts” against boycotts. While the text does not mention the BDS movement by name, Omar admitted that the bill’s intention was to allow “an opportunity for us to explain why it is we support a nonviolent movement, which is the BDS movement.”

Israel should let the pair of anti-Semites visit. Let them wander around. Go where they want. And make sure that someone is there to record every interaction they have with Palestinians and BDS folks, expose them for the pro-Palestinian terrorist supports and Jew haters they really are. To paraphrase, “never interrupt a Jew hater in the midst of exposing their Jew hatred.” You know these two “Congresswomen” will not be able to control themselves, and, probably, they really do not care if they show their Jew hatred. They really haven’t so far.

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Climate Fears Weighing On Some American’s Mental Health Or Something

Do you get worried about the weather? I do. As a homeowner, I’m a bit more concerned when serious thunderstorms are around, on the few occasions of the potential for a tropical system or ice storm coming this way. Or, when it is the depth of summer, and the AC runs a lot, have to worry about it kicking the bucket in a way you don’t when you are renting. It doesn’t harm my mental health, though, unlike Warmists who are losing their minds, especially when you have articles like this which tell them that all American’s are losing their minds over the fake climate crisis

Fears About the Planet’s Future Weigh on Americans’ Mental Health

Therapist Andrew Bryant says the landmark United Nations climate report last October brought a new mental health concern to his patients.

“I remember being in sessions with folks the next day. They had never mentioned climate change before, and they were like, ‘I keep hearing about this report,’” Bryant said. “Some of them expressed anxious feelings, and we kept talking about it over our next sessions.”

The study, conducted by the world’s leading climate scientists, said that if greenhouse gas emissions continue at the current rate, by 2040 the Earth will warm by 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit (1.5 degrees Celsius). Predictions say that increase in temperature will cause extreme weather events, rising sea levels, species extinction and reduced capacity to produce food.

Bryant works at North Seattle Therapy & Counseling in Washington state. Recently, he said, he has been seeing patients with anxiety or depression related to climate change and the Earth’s future.

Often these patients want to do something to reduce global warming but are overwhelmed and depressed by the scope of the problem and difficulty in finding solutions. And they’re anxious about how the Earth will change over the rest of their or their children’s lifetimes.

They could completely change their lives, giving up fossil fuels, only eating locally sourced foods, make their own clothes, give up their smartphones and computers, unplug every appliance when not in use, and so much more. Also, they could be subscribed medication that makes them less nuts, and be shown the real information on what they climate is doing, in a way similar to A Clockwork Orange.

Where are all these articles coming from as of late, though?

Although it is not an official clinical diagnosis, the psychiatric and psychological communities have names for the phenomenon: “climate distress,” “climate grief,” “climate anxiety” or “eco-anxiety.”

The concept also is gradually making its way into the public consciousness.

In a June 23 episode of the HBO series “Big Little Lies,” one of the main character’s young daughters has a panic attack after hearing about climate change in school.

Seriously, if you look at all the posts I’ve done on people freaking about climate grief in the past few weeks, and search out more, they all share in common mentioning that episode. Which is perfect. A fake TV show brings up a fake issue which has Warmists writing about fake climate anxiety.

Bryant, the Seattle therapist, said the No. 1 action he recommends is sharing these concerns with others, whether a counselor, psychiatrist, family, friends or an activist group.

In other words, nag your friends and family.

In that vein, Dr. Janet Lewis, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Rochester in New York, recommends building relationships within a like-minded group. That could involve group therapy, environmental activist groups or online communities.

That sounds like reinforcement of their bad mental ideas, rather than becoming educated.

For Laura, becoming involved with the international activist group Extinction Rebellion has helped her build a network of people who share her values and made her feel as if she’s making a positive contribution to society. With the group, she has participated in nonviolent protests and is organizing the Atlanta chapter’s first grief circle, where people can share their anxiety and grief about the destruction of the Earth.

“Activism is also therapy for me,” said Laura.

So, becoming an eco-terrorist is therapy? Good grief. It’s also negative reinforcement, in which those fears play on each other from the other nutters.

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Latest Hit On Trump: He’s Not Capable Of Handling Ebola Outbreak Due To Old Tweets

Unhinged #NeverTrumper Gabriel Schoenfeld has a big bee up her bum over the latest (and constant) outbreak of Ebola, because Trump tweeted in 2014. So, he might do badly now! Considering how well he advised his bro Mitt Romney in 2012…..but, hey, Orange Man Bad!

Trump tweeted heartlessly about Ebola in 2014. He’s ill-equipped to handle 2019 outbreak.

The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola crisis in Congo a “public health emergency of international concern.” Nearly 1,700 deaths have been reported since last year, likely an underestimate. For its potential medical consequences, the epidemic is a major worry across the globe, including for the United States. But in the age of Donald Trump, the political consequences could be the more alarming menace.

Ebola is a highly virulent virus transmitted by the exchange of bodily fluids, primarily through direct contact with blood of an infected individual, although recovered patients can still transmit the virus. Symptoms typically express themselves between two and 21 days after infection. They begin with a fever, sore throat, muscle pain and headaches, followed by vomiting, diarrhea, decreased liver and kidney function and massive bleeding. Mortality rates are approximately 50%. There are no specific treatments, although a fast-tracked experimental vaccine appears effective in preventing spread of the virus.

So, Ebola is pretty bad, eh? But, Trump’s tweets from 2014, which Schoenfeld offers up a sampling

Many of Trump’s tweets advocated shutting down entry into the United States: “A single Ebola carrier infects 2 others at a minimum. STOP THE FLIGHTS! NO VISAS FROM EBOLA STRICKEN COUNTRIES!

Some sought to undercut President Barack Obama’s decision to send U.S. forces to West Africa: “Can you believe that the U.S. will be sending 3,000 troops to Africa to help with Ebola. They will come home infected? We have enough problems.”

Thank goodness the Romney campaign always took Obama’s side, eh?

Some were directed at the American medical personnel who volunteered to travel to Africa to help contain the outbreak: “The U.S. cannot allow EBOLA infected people back. People that go to far away places to help out are great — but must suffer the consequences!”

Funny, that’s what most citizens were thinking, too. So much that it was considered a campaign issue in 2014, with Republicans and some Democrats concerned about letting people in who had traveled to the effected areas. The public was worried.

Most aimed to denigrate Obama:

“President Obama strongly considering a plan to bring non-U.S. citizens with Ebola to the United States for treatment. Now I know he’s nuts!

How dumb is our president to send thousands of poorly trained and ill-equipped soldiers over to West Africa to fight Ebola.”

“Tremendous pressure on President Obama to institute a travel ban on Ebola stricken West Africa. At some point this stubborn dope will fold!

It’s hard to understand how Romney lost 2012 with advisors like this, eh?

The heartless panic-monger who launched this fusillade of tweets was a private citizen. Today, he is the president of the United States with responsibility for managing a public health crisis that could arrive on our shores. Unsurprisingly, evidence of competence at this task is not easy to find.

Most citizens seemed to be saying “don’t let them in, don’t take the chance” back in 2014. But Orange Man Bad!

A single case of the disease in the United States might be sufficient for Trump to declare an unjustified national emergency, exploiting the crisis for his own political ends. With issues touching on race, immigration and germs, the outbreak of Ebola in Congo could play seamlessly into his repertoire of xenophobic demagoguery. The only silver lining, if that is what it is, is that Donald Trump’s nutter tweets from the 2014 outbreak leave us amply forewarned about how our commander in chief is likely to behave.

This is what you get in Trump Derangement Syndrome #NeverTrump World. You can bet if there is one case in the U.S., citizens will agree with Trump. Regardless, yet another case of moonbats freaking out on Trump, even before action has occurred.

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Bummer: Illegal Aliens Still On Edge Over Potential ICE Raids

If you’re breaking the law, you should be on edge over the potential that law enforcement is coming after you

Immigrants on edge over prospect of ICE raids

Immigrant communities across the country are on edge after mass deportation operations promised by President Trump failed to materialize in recent days.

Trump has claimed the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids were “very successful” and took place out of the public eye. But immigration advocates said they’ve seen no evidence of a widespread sweep, and experts question whether the president may have hindered the efforts by speaking publicly about them.

Advocacy organizations are urging those who may be targeted by ICE to remain vigilant, cautioning that the larger raids could take place in the coming days, weeks or months.

“I think this threat is still out there, and there’s no trust in this administration,” said Sergio Gonzales, deputy director of the Immigration Hub. “People are still very much living as if this could happen at any moment.”

Good.

Those are just a few examples of the illegals that Democrats are defending.

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If All You See…

…are flowers which will die from too much carbon pollution, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is The Feral Irishman, with a post on …. I’m not even sure how to describe this one.

It’s ladies in hats week!

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Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup

Patriotic Pinup Peter Dribben

Happy Sunday! Another fantastic day in America. The Sun is shining, the birds are singing, summer is definitely here. This pinup is by Peter Dribben, with a wee bit of help.

What’s happening in Ye Olde Blogosphere? The Fine 15

  1. Outside The Beltway notes Democrats getting crushed in fundraising
  2. Climate Scepticism covers Warmists hijacking the Apollo moon landing
  3. Not A Lot Of People Know That discusses voters not wanting what green politicians are selling
  4. 357 Magnum is shocked to learn that a politician is lying
  5. America’s Watchtower covers a judge handing Trump a win on Obamacare
  6. American Power notes women’s sports being doomed
  7. Blazing Cat Fur covers the money sent from Ilhan Omar’s district to support Boko Haram
  8. Brass Pills notes that letting children dictate gender is abuse
  9. Chicks On The Right discusses Bernie’s staffers wanting the same pay he promises for everyone else
  10. Creeping Sharia covers The Squad backing Sharia law
  11. DC Clothesline highlights a report claiming Ilhan Omar received asylum using a false name
  12. Geller Report covers what happened when a journalist traveled to Somalia to prove Ilhan right
  13. Jihad Watch notes Muslims slaughtering a cow in a Home Depot parking lot
  14. Legal Insurrection covers liberals saying that a drop in racial resentment under Trump is Bad
  15. And last, but not least, Living Freedom wonders if a bumper sticker can be profound

As always, the full set of pinups can be seen in the Patriotic Pinup category, or over at my Gallery page (nope, that’s gone, the newest Apache killed access, and the program hasn’t been upgraded since 2014). While we are on pinups, since it is that time of year, have you gotten your “Pinups for Vets” calendar yet? And don’t forget to check out what I declare to be our War on Women Rule 5 and linky luv posts and things that interest me

Don’t forget to check out all the other great material all the linked blogs have!

Anyone else have a link or hotty-fest going on? Let me know so I can add you to the list.

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