Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is an out-of-touch liberal extremist, self-proclaimed democratic socialist, and on February 7th she became public enemy number one for those who care about the Missouri Agriculture community. When Ocasio-Cortez filed the “Green New Deal” she put a target on the back of Missouri farmers and ranchers and outlined a plan to completely bankrupt the Missouri economy in only ten years.
Getting rid of “farting cows”, air travel, combustion engines, and nuclear energy are just a few of the ways she plans on solving her self-made crisis. In doing so she would irreparably damage the agriculture industry in Missouri, which has led the way in feeding the world for generations. She would put an end to cattle ranching and the cultivation of land as we know it at the expense of all those who rely on harvesting rice, cotton, soybeans, and other crops throughout the state as a means of putting food on the table.
Liberals have bad ideas. That’s why they often lie. But every once in a while, they tell the truth. An example was when President Obama described his cap and trade plan—the same plan that’s included as a cornerstone of the “Green New Deal.”
He said: “Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Coal-powered plants, you know, natural gas, you name it, whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers.”
You can’t make this up. For once, take liberals at their word. They’re trying to kill Southeast Missouri’s rural and hardworking way of life.
Who will benefit from the “Green New Deal”? We don’t have to wonder. Ocasio-Cortez wants the federal government to ensure “economic security” for all people of the United States including those who are unable or unwilling to work. In short, she wants to strip farmers and ranchers from their hard-earned living while providing more handouts from the government from those who have no desire to get a job.
It sounds crazy to those of us with a once of common sense, but it is straight from the socialist handbook of taking from those who are willing to work, to give to those who aren’t. I’ve filed HCR 43 to send a strong message to our representatives in Washington DC—the Green New Deal is a bad deal for Missourians and farmers across the country. It is time for us to stand up and fight back against the liberal socialist policies creeping into the heartland from the coastal elites.
Here in southeast Missouri we work hard. We grow things. We raise livestock. Our sweat equity and calloused hands puts food on the table and feeds millions throughout the world. Please encourage your representatives to support HCR 43 so we can continue to do so for generations to come.
Representative Jeff Shawan, a Republican, represents all of Carter and Ripley counties, and parts of Butler and Wayne counties (District 153) in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2018.