Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has fired back at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and other Democrat socialists who trash America’s capitalism.
Rubio was responding after AOC blasted capitalism, calling the greatest system in the world “irredeemable.”
“Those comments are the mainstream of the Democratic Party,” Rubio said.
“They woke up and decided that Marxism is right and the Cold War should not have ended. I don’t understand why they don’t move to another country.
“In the real world and I neighborhood I grew up in and my family, capitalism is not big corporations.
“Socialism is not about economics. It’s a big mistake that we make. Socialism has nothing to do it’s about power.
“It’s about the ability to control people. If you control where people work, if you control how much they make, if you control who owns what, then you can control what they say.
“You can control who they can hire.
“You can control what they can sell, what they can do, what hours they can open.
“It’s about power. It’s about control. That’s what socialism has always been about.
“Socialism, ultimately, is not possible.
“The socialism AOC is talking about, and they talk about is really not possible without a government that actually controls every aspect of your life.
“That’s why I don’t think they’re that troubled by inflation.
“I think they like the fact that inflation’s run amok and that prices are high because that just means that they can come in with the argument that, ‘You see, the market can’t provide for your needs, only a government check can, only a government guarantee can.’
“It plays right into their hands, but again, socialism is not about economics.
“It’s about power. It’s about control. That’s why people flee it.
“That’s why Miami, you know, has inherited 800,000 to a million people from Latin America who flee socialism because it fails and it destroys lives.”
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— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 8, 2022
“They can control our labor,” AOC said.
“They can control massive markets that they dictate and can capture governments.
“And they can essentially have power over the many.
“And to me that is not a redeemable system for us to be able to participate in for the prosperity and peace for the vast majority of people.
“To me, capitalism at its core, what we’re talking about when we talk about that, is the absolute pursuit of profit at all human, environmental, and social cost.
“What we’re also discussing is the ability for a very small group of actual capitalists to capture governments. That is not a redeemable system for us.
“If it ultimately comes down to a billionaire or the Koch brothers or the Koch family having control over the vast majority or large plurality of our oil assets in the United States.
“If it’s a handful of very wealthy families having control over – you know, private families having control over means of production, that is essentially the capitalist system that we live in.
“It is a small group that is of privatized control over what we eat and how we fuel our society.
“For example, Elizabeth Warren has discussed workers being elected to the governing boards of companies. you can have markets where businesses and ways of producing, trading, selling goods are really controlled and not just controlled but giving more power to workers.
“People get a fair shake. Union jobs, unionized workplaces, all of these are different steps and levels that we’re talking about in a more just economy.
“Even last year there was at least 75 members of Congress that held individual stock in Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer.
“That is where we should be drawing the line.
“I am a member of Congress. Members of Congress have access to very sensitive security clearances, access to very detailed, tailored briefings.
“Our job is to try to anticipate and legislate for what we see is coming. We should not have the ability to both have access to that information and to hold and trade in individual stock,” she said.
“To me, capitalism… is the absolute pursuit of profit at all human, environmental, and social cost.” Rep. @AOC says. “What we’re also discussing is the ability for a very small group of actual capitalists… [to] capture governments. … That is not a redeemable system for us…” pic.twitter.com/U7RS2hkiJs
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