New GOP congresswoman-elect who fled USSR: ‘Not pretty when socialism runs out of money’

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Republican Rep.-elect Victoria Spartz of Indiana said Monday that growing up in Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union, showed her the abject failure of socialism as an economic model.

“I grew up in a socialistic country, the Socialist Republic of Ukraine. I saw what happens when it runs out of money and it is not pretty,” she told “Fox & Friends.”


“And now, I came to America 20 years ago with a suitcase after meeting my husband on a train in Europe. He’s a raised and born Hoosier,” she continued. “And now we’re building socialism. I’m kind of going full circles. I can tell you what is going to be next. It’s very sad for me to see that.”

Spartz is one of more than a dozen GOP women who won their congressional races this year, helping the party narrow Democrats’ majority after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other party leaders failed to make gains as they predicted.

In her interview, Spartz said in response to why she believes so many GOP women won their races that her district is actually representative of the country as a whole.

“When you think about, you know, my district, it’s really a snapshot of America. I have urban, suburban voters, rural voters…we have a lot of women,” she continued.

“I’m a mother of two daughters, I’m a suburban woman. And I think if you look at that, it’s really, I’m very hopeful to see that majority people in our country don’t believe socialistic, utopic ideas the Democrat Party is now promoting,” Spartz added.

She said “women believe” in their children’s future in that they experience good economic times and ample job opportunities so they can live a better life — conditions that socialism, in her experience living under it for more than four decades, do not provide.

“Forty-two years, I grew up in socialism,” Spartz said, adding that the United States’ trend toward that economic model by a growing number of Democrats spurred her to run for office.

Asked what she would tell so-called “moderate Democrats” and Republicans who voted for Biden who say there’s no way the U.S. will ever become a socialist nation, Spartz responded, “I think we need to be good students of history.”

“Our country, for the last century, we fought against socialism and a lot of young kids died,” she said. “I took my kids to the beaches of Normandy and you can see how many young kids died fighting for freedoms, how many wars [were] fought, and we won.

“Let’s look at any country that had socialism. Every country failed because this system is not sustainable,” Spartz noted. “This system create[d] a lot of destruction and misery, so we have to be smarter than that.”

The Indiana Republican-elect went on to say there are only two systems — “freedom and free enterprise, and you have system where government decides and political elites on top” telling everyone “how we are going to live and what we’re going to do.”

Spartz added that while Americans generally want equal rights, “we want all different things” and thus should be free to pursue personal interests.

“If the government forces us to be equal you have to suppress. So every socialistic system is about suppression. We have to value our freedoms because we’re the greatest republic that ever existed,” she added.

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