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Bloomberg Blasts 'Disingenuous' Ocasio-Cortez, Warns Against Socialism

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg unleashed on socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and those embracing socialism instead of capitalism.

"You can’t ask people affected by the transition to a green economy to pay more unless you deliver economic benefits in the form of good jobs, and better infrastructure, that they will feel in their lives and in their communities," Bloomberg said. "You have to help all workers affected by the shift from fossil fuels to clean energy and it just can’t be an afterthought, it has to be a concrete plan. It has to be a central part of any environmental plan or it will fail."

Bloomberg then took aim at Ocasio-Cortez, a 29-year-old bartender turned politician who has advocated for the "Green New Deal," which would cost an estimated $49 trillion over the next ten years. Ocasio-Cortez has repeatedly failed to explain how she would pay for her radical plan.

"A lot of elected officials embraced the idea of a Green New Deal and that’s great," Bloomberg continued. "It’s become fashionable to do so, but I think it’s time as a party that we started putting some meat on the bone and laying out exactly how a green new deal should — what it should include and I believe that that plan should be bold and ambitious and most importantly achievable."

"I’m a little bit tired of listening to things that are pie in the sky that we never are going to pass, never going to afford," Bloomberg continued. "I think it’s just disingenuous to promote those things. You’ve got to do something that’s practical."

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Fox News reports that while "speaking with reporters following a tour of a manufacturing plant in Nashua, Bloomberg criticized the 'Green New Deal,' a bill being pushed by Ocasio-Cortez and other progressive lawmakers that would eliminate much of the United States’ fossil-fuel consumption."

"You have to have realistic things; we are not overnight going to change everything we do," Bloomberg said. "People aren’t going to overnight give up their jobs if those jobs happen not to be on the side of the Green New Deal."

Bloomberg also took aim at Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who advocated for eliminating the free market from health care during a CNN town hall on Monday night, saying that what she and other Democrats are proposing would "bankrupt us for a very long time."

"I think you could never afford that. You’re talking about trillions of dollars,” Bloomberg said. "I think you can have 'Medicare for all' for people that are uncovered, but to replace the entire private system where companies provide health care for their employees would bankrupt us for a very long time."

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Bloomberg also took a shot at Democrats for bashing capitalism and embracing socialism.

"We need a healthy economy and we shouldn't be embarrassed by our system," Bloomberg said. "If you want to look at a system that is non-capitalistic, just take a look at what was perhaps the wealthiest country in the world and today people are starving to death. It's called Venezuela."

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