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On Eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Bachmann Compares Taxes To “Holocaust”

On Eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Bachmann Compares Taxes To “Holocaust”

Is paying taxes to fund a social safety net that will keep millions of poor, sick and elderly people alive and healthy comparable to killing millions of people in gas chambers?  Congresswoman Michele Bachmann says no, then makes the comparison anyway at a speech given appropriately enough on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Via the Concord Monitor:

Amid sweeping campaign rhetoric denouncing government entitlement programs and taxes, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann compared “our economic liberty being pulled out from under us” to the Holocaust.

Careful to note there is no direct analogy between the two, Bachmann, a potential Republican candidate for president, said current generations will be held accountable if they don’t take action now – the same way Americans were after World War II, for not stopping the systemic murder of 6 million Jews and other minorities.

“It is morally reprehensible and we will have to answer, what did we do when we had the chance,” she said.

Even more disturbing?  According to the Monitor, the comment evoked no reaction from the audience.

It’s amazing how in the decades passing since the end of the Holocaust, it becomes so easy to toss the term around.  “Abortion is the new Holocaust,” claim anti-choice activists.  “Taxes are a Holocaust,” Bachmann and her ilk are trying to proclaim now.

The Holocaust is the Holocaust.  Using it for political point-scoring simply cheapens the real tragedy that occurred.  There is simply no comparison.

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8:27AM PDT on Sep 11, 2011

She has been completely eclipsed by Rick Perry. He's crazier and prettier!

10:33AM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

I believe that she and Perry are in a contest to see which one can come out with the most ridiculous crap. Perry suggested a lynching (well he called it Ugly behavior) of Ben Bernanke. But with this, Bachman pulls well into the lead. Ms. Bachman, faithful subservient wife, please, please please.....Just Keep on Talking! Talk ALL you want. Loud and Clear. On any and all subjects! Stewart, Colbert, Leno and Letterman are all relying on you.

1:12AM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

Someone please tell me that Michelle Bachmann is an apparition! Gnats have more intelligence.

She and the Republican party are appaling. Get the Roundup and lets get rid of the weeds!

4:20PM PDT on Aug 12, 2011

The Holocaust is more comparable to infant circumcision. One excises innocent healthy infant prepuces, the other excised the circumcisers of innocent infant prepuces.

4:52PM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

She is totally un believable!

8:23AM PDT on May 8, 2011

She is a stupefying embarrassment to the XX chromosome and "ignoramus" doesn't even come close to describing her colossal lack of intelligence. However, she would make a hilarious presidential candidate because I would like to believe, withstanding the dolts who would still vote for her, sunshine is the best disinfectant.

4:39AM PDT on May 7, 2011

Wow!!! Were do THESE People come from? A box of Fruit Loops? Frosted Flakes?

Paying taxes is a MORAL Obligation in any society by its citizens. Being OVER taxed is an abuse of power when only the poor, the working class and the elderly are paying the taxes, and the ARISTOCRATIC MINDEDNESS is overbearing on the population, and paying their share.

11:04PM PDT on May 5, 2011

If Michele Bachmann is one of the "brightest and the best" that the Tea Party has to offer, Democrats and other rational and reasonable voters have nothing to fear...

1:38PM PDT on May 5, 2011

Sometimes I wonder if there are any normal people left among the Republicans and if there are, are they hiding home under a blanket and crying, because people representing them are just so... stupid.

10:37PM PDT on May 4, 2011

Bruce S - While I am immensly surprised that anyone who pays any attention to our national politics doesn't know this ignorant woman, I'll assume you are not saying that to sound more balanced in the rest of your comment. That being said, please read my comment to Fred Hayward. Think about it just a few seconds.

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