Monday, February 16, 2004

Grover Norquist, speaking to the Forward, no less (a consciously Jewish newspaper, originally published in Yiddish), is still happy to say that many Democratic policies are just like the Nazis. And it's not just the estate tax:

"The Nazis were for gun control, the Nazis were for high marginal tax rates," said Grover Norquist in an interview with the Forward. "Do you want to talk about who's closer politically to national socialism, the Right or the Left?"

Because, as we all know, it was Nazi taxing and spending policy, like for instance their penchant for highway building, which made their years in power one of the darkest chapters in the history of twentieth-century Europe. It's Grover's mature perspective on these issues, embodied in this sense of priorities, which distinguishes his remarks from the Nazi comparison in those two MoveOn adds, which Grover dismisses, quite rightly, as merely "a deliberate effort to smear".

Indeed, it's Norquist's shock at this kind of Nazi horror creeping into American political life which drives the public protests from him and his cronies that H&R Block continues to hire lobbyists and even executives whose political sentiments run towards the Democrats. You could say, I suppose, that the Nazis tried to muscle their opponents out of power, too, but that would merely be a deliberate effort to smear. Not every single thing the Nazis did deserves to be tarred by association with the apocalyptic horror of their high marginal tax rates.

(But stuff like the Autobahns -- well, I'm afraid that does have to be considered in the same breath as tax policy. If you don't have "high" taxes, by the standards of Norquist and his buddies, you can't have major government spending programs. I'm quite sure Grover will have that in his talking points the next time he's chatting with his Republican friends in the Senate about that damn highway bill...)

Forward link via The Poor Man, H&R Block link via Seeing the Forest.


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