Abraham Lincoln once remarked, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” Although President Lincoln’s wisdom is now nearly two centuries old, the unapologetic embrace of socialism by many of our elected leaders in Washington has brought newfound meaning to his words.
The so-called Green New Deal advanced by New York’s Democratic Socialist Congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and co-sponsored by Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, provides a ready example of this danger. While combating the damaging effects of climate change must be a national priority, the Green New Deal uses environmentalism to cloak a radical agenda designed to fundamentally change America.
Projected to cost $93 trillion, or $600,000 for every family in our country, the Green New Deal seeks to transform virtually all aspects of American life. From socialized medicine and higher education to government ownership of private businesses and taxpayer-funded salaries and benefits for those who refuse to work, it is difficult to imagine this is the America our Founding Fathers envisioned.
While Congressman Maloney called opposition to the Green New Deal a “betrayal of our American values,” the resolution’s failure in the United States Senate demonstrates the extent to which the socialist movement is out-of-touch with the needs of our country.
We must bring people together to create good-paying new jobs, lower property taxes and protect the quality-of-life we enjoy in the Hudson Valley.
To accomplish those objectives, we must begin by ensuring that our communities are treated fairly by Washington. For decades, New York State has sent billions more to Washington than we receive back in federal funding. This year alone, we are being shortchanged by more than $50 BILLION.
By recovering more of our own money, we can improve the roads and bridges that are the backbone of the Hudson Valley’s economy, expand Metro-North service to provide comprehensive, reliable mass transportation to the region’s commuters and make the important strategic investments needed to protect our natural resources.
We must increase the cap on the state and local federal tax deduction. Property taxpayers need relief. Instead of the Green New Deal, we need a Better Deal for Hudson Valley families.
With cities, suburban communities and small towns, this region is truly representative of our nation. Patriotic and proud, local families believe in the American Dream and our ability to achieve great things. This is not the time for socialist manifestos, Hudson Valley families want their elected leaders to work together and find solutions to the real challenges we face.