I’ve written here before about Grover Norquist’s outrageous comments calling Democratic opposition to the estate tax a “Holocaust on the rich.” The National Jewish Democratic Council has done us the favor of creating a compendium–a greatest hits if you will–of numerous such Republican rhetorical abuses of the Holocaust.
For example, when the Forward took Norquist to task for his statements on Terry Gross’ Fresh Air and offered him an opportunity to apologize–instead he took the offensive and poured oil on the flames:
“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?”
The Forward writer adds: “Norquist, told the Forward that he would not hesitate to use Holocaust comparisons in the future.” Apparently, the Republican far right loves such bad boys. And it appears you win points by being ever more outrageous and in-your-face toward Democrats. Not even the Holocaust is a sacrosanct subject. Their motto when it comes to the issue: “Use it, then abuse it (some more).”
Senator Phil Gramm said of a 2002 Democratic tax plan: “I don’t understand … why all of a sudden we are passing laws that sound as if they are right out of Nazi Germany.”
These are but a few of the many other eye-opening comments catalogued at the NJDC site.