Did Biden Just Plagiarize… AOC?

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President Joe Biden has quite a penchant for plagiarism. He has been caught multiple times lifting statements made by others and passing them off as his own. But this time, it appears that his team may have “borrowed” some elements of a proposal given by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the rest of the radical Marxist faction of the Democratic Party.

Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday took credit for Biden’s $2 trillion proposed environmental legislation, which includes “eliminating coal, oil and natural gas as electricity sources by 2035,” according to The New York Post.

“It’s almost as if we helped shape the platform,” AOC wrote in a tweet.

The lawmaker was responding to a tweet posted by NBC News media activist Geoff Bennett, who pointed out the similarities between Biden’s policies and the “Green New Deal,” a radical Marxist legislative proposal drafted by the socialist crowd.

“It’s striking how much of Biden’s climate executive actions reflect major elements of the Green New Deal — tackling climate change while addressing economic/racial injustice — without actually *being the Green New Deal. Some political sleight of hand,” Bennett wrote.

Biden signed a series of executive actions to address climate change and proposed other policies that would promote energy-efficient cars and homes. Some have expressed concerns that this would bring about job losses in other industries.

“Today is climate day at the White House, which means that today is jobs day at the White House,” Biden declared as he signed an executive order “to meet the climate crisis for American jobs and American engineering.”

Of course, the president did not address the potential job losses, “but tried to reframe the debate as an economic opportunity,” according to The Post.

Biden’s original environmental plan did not include the Green New Deal – at least not by name. But others noted the similarities between the two plans. Both are unrealistic pie-in-the-sky propositions that make the socialist crowd feel good, but wouldn’t actually deliver any feasible solutions.

Among the executive orders Biden signed was a directive to halt leases with oil and gas companies on federal land. The New York Times reported that, “Mr. Biden said his directives would reserve 30 percent of federal land and water for conservation purposes, make climate policy central to national security decisions and build out a network of electric-car charging stations nationwide.”

Biden’s environmental plan is an obvious nod to the socialist faction of the Democratic Party and might even score him a few points. But he will need to bend the knee far more often to satisfy their craving for Marxist policies. Still, he is likely calculating that throwing them too many bones might alienate the moderate wing that got him elected. The president will be stuck playing the tiptoe game for the foreseeable future.