The same socialists in Congress who proposed abolishing rent and ending incarceration for dangerous felons have a new crusade: nationalizing public utilities and making them free to minorities.
Second-generation ‘Squad‘ members Reps. Cori Bush, D-Mo., and Jamaal Bowman, D-NY, pitched a Public Power Resolution on Thursday, which was backed by all four of the original Squad and three other race-hustling newcomers.
“Our country must transform its power system to be just, equitable, anti-racist, and climate- and disaster-resilient,” Bush said in a press release.
“… The burden of high energy costs is felt disproportionately by low-income and [b]lack and brown families,” she continued. “Every person has the right to these basic services and by making them public goods, we can unburden families and reduce our country’s dependence on fossil fuels.”
The proposal conveniently comes as fossil-fuel restrictions backed by the Squad as part of the Green New Deal threaten to create soaring costs for all Americans.
President Joe Biden, following lockstep with the radical wing of his party, has gone out of his way to end the energy independence first established under his predecessor, former president Donald Trump, and to make the market more favorable to Russian energy interests.
Proposals similar to that of the Squad members have failed catastrophically in other countries as the result of Marxist-style revolutions—most recently in Venezuela, which once was one of the world’s wealthiest nations due to its vast energy resources.
In addition to playing the race card, the bill’s sponsors offered other canards, including climate change, to justify the alarming overreach.
“Our for-profit energy system is broken,” said Jean Su, director of the Energy Justice program at the Center for Biological Diversity, a far-left lobbying group that is one of more than 40 activist organizations to endorse the resolution.
“It lines corporate fossil fuel utilities’ pockets while poisoning communities of color, curtailing their access to energy and fueling the climate and extinction crises,” Su continued. “We can’t just build back better. We need to build back justly.”
Indeed, despite the emphasis on so-called environmental justice, a public-relations “one-pager” for the proposal appears to echo many of the Green New Deal’s objectives—emphasizing trillions of dollars in spending to overhaul existing infrastructure and make it more eco-friendly, as well as enacting highly restrictive regulatory measures.
While the Squad claims its proposal would help to guarantee a consistent flow of power “by enacting a universal ban on electricity disconnections for nonpayment and enforcing progressive residential electricity rates,” policies enacted in California during the coronavirus lockdowns gave a window into the radical Left’s true motives.
Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom, now facing a serious recall threat, sought to punish businesses and churches for noncompliance with his illegal orders—since repudiated by the US Supreme Court—by shutting off electric and water utilities to modify behavior and curb the exercise of First Amendment rights.