At the dawn of Biden austerity
First we have Kate Aronoff, writing for the New Republic, who tells us that "Democrats’ Fear of the Green New Deal Is Tearing the Party Apart." Well, from reading her article it does seem a mystery why they're so against it, except of course that those who are for it are challenging their hold on power a little bit. Here's a telling segment of this piece:
As for the party’s new leader, Biden has alarmed climate advocates by appointing Congressman Cedric Richmond—a Democrat who is unusually close to the fossil fuel industry—to head the Office of Public Engagement. Worst still is the news that Bruce Reed, a member of Biden’s campaign team and his former chief of staff, is reportedly in talks to head up the Office of Management and Budget. A longtime deficit hawk, Reed could turn the OMB into a graveyard for any progressive policy, much less the sort of sweeping changes the climate crisis demands.
In short, what's going to happen is that Bruce Reed, and his best buds in the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, are going to worm their way into the Biden cabinet and make nothing possible. So why should the corporate Dems endorse the Green New Deal when they'll have to do an about-face on it when orders come from the top?
As for tearing apart the Democratic Party, all they really need to do is say the magic words, "so what are you going to do about it? Vote for Republicans?" And the Party will miraculously hold together.
Next we have Astra Taylor, nice liberal with big ego, who tells Democracy Now!: "Biden Can Cancel Student Debt on Day One. Movements Must Make Him Do It." Ah yeah, they're going to "make him do it." Tell it, Astra! Joe Biden is about to appoint Bruce Reed, folks. Note that not only does Astra Taylor not have any answer to the question "so what are you going to do about it, vote for Republicans?", but Democracy Now! has said nothing about the Movement for a People's Party, an organization with an answer to that question, since 2017.
And then you've got the protesters outside of party headquarters: "Climate activists ramp up pressure on Biden with protest outside Democratic headquarters." You've got to have an answer to that question, guys. Otherwise you're just nice liberals with big egos.