Van Jones, President Obama’s former green jobs czar, spoke at a rally in Hawaii yesterday to promote “economic fairness” and “economic justice.” The rally was organized by groups who want the state to create a "State Partnership Bank," according to the Hawaii Reporter's Malia Zimmerman.
Why would these groups invite Jones to speak at a rally in support of a state bank? Simple: a "State Partnership Bank" (i.e. a "green" bank) would fund "green" energy projects, as well as “highlight other legislation that would make the local economy more just and sustainable,” Zimmerman writes.
“Among the legislative proposals is one to have the bank be led by the governor, union leaders and board members appointed by the Democrat-dominated legislature,” Fox News reports.
Unsurprisingly, Hawaiian Republicans (who are outnumbered 76 to 9 in the legislature) oppose the proposal. They say a state bank controlled by Democrats and union leaders would be nothing more than a taxpayer-funded organization, "led by political insiders," in the business of loaning money to projects "that no private bank would authorize."
However, Jones did not exactly address the state bank. He instead chose to focus on themes including “income inequality” and “dream killers in America.”
“Not the American dream they talk about on TV,” Jones said. “There are two American dreams. One of them I call the ‘American fantasy.’ You know that one? Everyone is going to be rich. Everybody. And we're all going to be able to ride out to the great white suburbs, get a McMansion, get flat-screened TV to cover up the holes in our lives."
"That is the American fantasy, which is turning out to be the American nightmare. It is dying out on its own accord - it deserves no defense and it will get no defense. I am glad that is going away. That was not serving anybody.”
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He went on to talk about the earlier mentioned “dream killers,” saying that there are some “right here in Hawaii”:
There are people who have taken the American dream and turned it upside down, inside out. The dream is supposed to be that you can work hard, play by the rules and get somewhere. But you and I both know right here in Hawaii, and across America, the people who are working the hardest and following the rules are the ones who are being left behind, the ones who are suffering the most, the ones who are hurting the most.
And yet some people who are not working that hard at all, their investments work for them. And sometimes they break a lot of rules, especially on Wall Street. But they are the ones doing well. That is taking the American dream upside down, inside out. That's killing the dream.
Jones concluded by asking the audience: “What does the American dream mean to you…and what are we going to do now and in the future to pass on a life that’s good for our young people?"