Daniel DiMartino knows all about socialism. He watched it wreck his home country of Venezuela. Now he is living in the United States and is speaking out against the Democrats for pushing socialism here.
The Daily Caller has details:
VENEZUELAN EXPAT SHREDS OCASIO-CORTEZ AND OTHER DEMOCRATS FOR PROMOTING SOCIALISM
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. (RELATED: Ocasio-Cortez Bungled Green New Deal’s Release. Her Staff Took Its Webpage Offline)
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.
Watch the video:
This young man recently wrote an op-ed along the same lines.
From USA Today:
Venezuela was my home, and socialism destroyed it. Slowly, it will destroy America, too.
The first time I couldn’t buy food at the grocery store, I was 15 years old. It was 2014 in Caracas, Venezuela, and I had spent more than an hour in line waiting. When I got to the register, I noticed I had forgotten my ID that day. Without the ID, the government rationing system would not let the supermarket sell my family the full quota of food we needed. It was four days until the government allowed me to buy more.
This was fairly normal for me. All my life, I lived under socialism in Venezuela until I left and came to the United States as a student in 2016. Because the regime in charge imposed price controls and nationalized the most important private industries, production plummeted. No wonder I had to wait hours in lines to buy simple products such as toothpaste or flour.
And the shortages went far beyond the supermarket.
My family and I suffered from blackouts and lack of water. The regime nationalized electricity in 2007 in an effort to make electricity “free.” Unsurprisingly, this resulted in underinvestment in the electrical grid. By 2016, my home lost power roughly once a week.
Our water situation was even worse. Initially, my family didn’t have running water for only about one day per month, but as the years passed we sometimes went several weeks straight without it.
American leftists who want socialism should try living in Venezuela for a while.