Venezuela Refugee Issues Grave Warning To American Socialists

March 27, 2019
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A Venezuelan expatriate condemned New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other Democrats for promoting socialist policies.

“Socialism is what destroyed Venezuela. There’s nothing for free in the world. Somebody is going to have to pay for it. The people who will have to pay for it will end up being us — young people, millennials,” said Martino.

Martino was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. He moved to the United States in 2016 and is studying economics at Indiana University and Purdue University Indianapolis, according to The Daily Caller.

“There’s no free lunch… Somone has to pay for it,” Martino said.

Martino, a college student who grew up in Venezuela before his family left the socialist country when he was 16, said on Fox News “The Story with Martha MacCallum” that his family went from flourishing in the upper middle class to making just two dollars a day under now-disputed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and former President Hugo Chavez.

“By the time I left Venezuela in 2016 we had a blackout every week — and I was privileged,” Di Martino told Martha MacCallum.

He said he saw parallels between what he experienced in Venezuela and the rise of socialism in America. “I hear what I heard from the socialist regime in Venezuela, ‘everything is alright.’”

He continued, “People are starving in Venezuela because policies such as the one that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez [supported] in her Green New Deal, which in reality is just the ‘red new deal’ which is just a socialist wish list, would destroy the U.S. economy and lead us into the path of Venezuela.”

The BBC reported that the Venezuelan socialist governments have been in power since 1999, taking over the country at a time when Venezuela had huge inequality.

But the socialist polices brought in which aimed to help the poor backfired. Take price controls, for example. They were introduced by President Chávez to make basic goods more affordable to the poor by capping the price of flour, cooking oil and toiletries.

But this meant that the few Venezuelan businesses producing these items no longer found it profitable to make them.

Critics also blame the foreign currency controls brought in by President Chávez in 2003 for a flourishing black market in dollars.

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