Because while the ideas are very popular among Democratic Lefties and Progressives?
Actually doing them would COST Billions or Trillions of dollars that would have to come from increased taxes….
While there is support for ideas?
When people are told the cost?
The support evaporates….
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi doesn’t want to do anything with the two issues smelling a bad political loss in them for her party….
The subtext with these two issue is internal Democratic politics….
The progressives in the party are selling policies that have NO way of becoming law….
They in fact will help Republicans with some of Obama supporters who defected to Trump two years ago,….Democratic leadership will have to figure out a way to handle these issue that will help their members in marginal states and districts that do NOT have big democratic votes, but are essential to for the party to keep…While the media may give the view that the Democratic party has moved to the left?…That is NOT true in a lot of places….
Joe Biden, an establishment , middle of road guy ?…STILL leads in the 2020 Democratic Presidential sweepstakes polling right now ….
Prominent Democrats have rushed to embrace the Green New Deal — and Republicans couldn’t be happier about it.
As liberal groups pressure presidential candidates and lawmakers to back the ambitious climate proposal, Republicans hope their opponents may drift so far to the left that they will be more vulnerable in 2020. Since the election of President Donald Trump — who dismisses the link between carbon emissions and rising temperatures — Republicans have mostly steered clear of climate change, but in the Green New Deal they see a chance to pivot the argument back towards economics as growing majorities accept the underlying science.
“I would like them to push it as far as they can. I’d like to see it on the floor. I’d like to see them actually have to vote on it,” Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), a senior Appropriator, told POLITICO. “It’s crazy. It’s loony.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one of Trump’s most vocal champions, echoed that sentiment. “Let’s vote on the Green New Deal!” Graham tweeted Friday. “Americans deserve to see what kind of solutions far-left Democrats are offering to deal with climate change.”
Trump on Saturday sarcastically called the proposal “Brilliant!” in a tweet.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) formally introducedtheir Green New Deal vision on Thursday, with a nonbinding resolution that is just 14 pages long (compared to the more than 1,400 pages in the cap-and-trade bill that passed in 2009). This leaves myriad details to be worked out before Democrats would have actual legislation ready to bring to the House floor.
Still, the resolution is more ambitious than any climate proposal previously floated on Capitol Hill: It calls for a 10-year “national mobilization” to move the U.S. economy off fossil fuels, provide health care for all, increase wages and expand union rights through a massive federal stimulus. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has indicated she has no immediate plans to bring the resolution up for a vote.
Several high-profile presidential candidates have already co-sponsored the resolution, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)…..
Republicans are convinced they can portray Medicare for All as reckless and expensive social engineering that’s far out of the mainstream. A recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that nearly 70 percent of Americans favor Medicare for All when they hear it would eliminate health insurance premiums and reduce out-of-pocket costs. But that approval plummets to below 40 percent when people are told they might have to pay more in taxes and that private health insurance would be eliminated.
But members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus are just as convinced the Republicans are misjudging the public’s appetite for a stronger social safety net and will overplay their hand — bringing a policy they hate one step closer to passage.
“We will give Republicans what they want,” a grinning Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) told reporters. “They can even take credit for it.”
Pocan compared the dynamic to Republicans’ threat last year to force a potentially embarrassing vote on his bill to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement. When Democrats called their bluff, Republican leaders backed down by canceling the vote and instead bringing up a nonbinding resolution of support for ICE.
“They always think they’re more clever than the American people, but I find that they never are,” Pocan said…..