Venezuelan Daniel di Martino is speaking out against the socialist policies that are being pushed by some American lawmakers.
Di Martino left his country when he was 16, but is now warning of what could potentially happen if the same policies are pushed in America.
“By the time I left Venezuela in 2016 we had a blackout every week — and I was privileged,” Di Martino said in an interview with Fox News.
He pointed out that while promising every basic human right is great when thinking idealistically, the government has no way of sustaining that system.
“I hear what I heard from the socialist regime in Venezuela, ‘everything is a right’ … But in reality, when everything is a right, nothing really is,” said Di Martino.
Di Martino specifically called out Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her Green New Deal, saying that it ignores issues with the sustainability of policies.
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“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,” said Di Martino.
The Venezuelan student also wrote an op-ed for USA Today explaining exactly which policies were directly responsible for the devastation done to the Venezuelan economy.
“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.”
As IJR previously reported, Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal has been heavily criticized by both sides and it is highly unlikely that it will pass.