The Daily Caller has reported that the Democratic Florida Rep. Joe Garcia made the comment during a Google hangout he convened last week to talk about comprehensive immigration reform with supporters, that communism works. The Democrat attempted to point out how, for all their talk about limited government, many Republicans are fine spending loads of government money on border security.
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“Let me give you an example, the kind of money we’ve poured in,” he said. “So the most dangerous — sorry, the safest city in America is El Paso, Texas. It happens to be across the border from the most dangerous city in the Americas, which is Juarez. Right?”
“And two of the safest cities in America, two of them are on the border with Mexico,” Garcia continued. “And of course, the reason is we’ve proved that Communism works. If you give everybody a good government job, there’s no crime.”
“But that isn’t what we should be doing on the border,” he continued. “The kind of money we’ve poured into it, and we’re having diminishing returns.”
The video was uploaded to YouTube by the America Rising PAC, a Republican PAC founded in 2013 and dedicated to opposition research. It’s also the same group that originally uploaded Garcia’s earwax snafu.
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Garcia, who is of Cuban descent along with many of his south Florida constituents, told the Miami Herald he never meant to espouse Communism — and was instead taking a tongue-in-cheek shot at his GOP opponents.
“This is an absurdity, accusing the son of Cuban immigrants of believing in Communism is just ridiculous,” he declared.