On a radio show last week, former Obama adviser Van Jones described his vision of a "just, green economy." In his description, Mr. Jones envisions a future for America based on "shared, sustainable prosperity":
"I realized that there is a future out there that is a positive future -- where we can have a shared sustainable prosperity, where the people who don't have work right now can be employed planting those community gardens, working in the organic foods field, putting up solar panels, weatherizing homes, and just doing art and taking care of kids and each other."
This green utopia has not come to pass yet because, according to Jones:
"unfortunately, as the financial collapse occurred and brought down the U.S. economy and we were trying to rebuild that economy on a greener basis, the opponents of change really went into a different gear and stepped up their attacks on me personally, on other leaders, on the president, and made it very difficult for us to make the kind of progress."
But Jones will not loose hope. He makes sure to note that this green utopia is still an "economy that we can work toward."
The comments are strangely reminiscent of Speaker Pelosi's comments in March where she declared that Obamacare will allow one to quit their job and be "whatever":
“A bill that says to someone, if you want to be creative and be a musician or whatever, you can leave your work, focus on your talent, your skill, your passion, your aspirations because you will have health care. You won’t have to be job locked.”
Listen to Jones describe a green utopia below: