Donald Trump with his birther nonsense and boorish profanity laced tyraid at a Las Vegas speaking engagement (by the way very presidential Donald); has taken up the lion share of media attention when it comes to stupidity in politics.
But Congresswoman and possible Republican Presidential contender Michelle Bachmann (R, MN-6) still has the magic. Saturday speaking at a New Hampshire Republican event, she warned that America is seeing a dramatic loss of her economic liberty. Then she did what so many mountebanks and heartless opportunists do when they want to galvanize a crowd. She compared possible high tax rates to the holocaust. In illustrating her point Bachmann told of a time in her childhood, when having learned about the holocaust she supposedly asked her mother if she had done anything to prevent it, and was horrified when her mother said that at the time Americans didn’t know about the deaths of Jews in concentration camps until the War was over.
Bachmann said the next generation will ask similar questions about what their elders did to prevent them from facing a huge tax burden.
“I tell you this story because I think in our day and time, there is no analogy to that horrific action,” she said, referring to the Holocaust. “But only to say, we are seeing eclipsed in front of our eyes a similar death and a similar taking away. It is this disenfranchisement that I think we have to answer to.”
I will cede that she at least had some semblance of good taste to preface her remark by saying there is no analogy to holocaust when it comes to hypothetical tax increases, but then she immediately compares it to this event by calling our debt crisis and potential tax increases a “similar kind of death”.
First off, tax rates are at historic lows, especially for those in the top tax rate; the same as in the previous administration, despite the potential for economic catastrophe ahead. One that could be averted with some tax increases as well as responsible spending cuts.
Anyway agree or disagree with the Congresswoman, but comparisons to the holocaust are always uncalled for and have no resemblance to fact. Millions of Jews faced a death far worse then a hypothetical tax increase.