There are many people uncomfortable with the IRS. Nevertheless, when Maine’s Governor Paul LePage compared the tax agency to Hitler’s Gestapo, that was too much for most people. LePage later admitted to a reporter with Vermont’s Seven Days that he went too far. LePage apologized…sort of.
“The Holocaust is probably a bad example. Americans should not forget that it did happen,” he said. “I apologize to the Jewish Americans who feel offended. I also apologize to the Japanese Americans who were put in prison during World War II and I also apologize to those people who were accused of being Communists under McCarthyism, because that’s not the American way.”
Okay, that is pretty good. Politicians do make mistakes in the heat of the moment so it is great that LePage is manning up to his error. It is too bad that he did not leave it at that.
“What I’m trying to say is that the Holocaust was a horrific crime against humanity and, frankly, I would never want to see that repeated,” he said. “Maybe the IRS is not quite as bad. Yet.”
LePage asserts that the IRS is “heading in the direction” of killing people like the Gestapo because of health care rationing. LePage went onto compare the Holocaust with Obamacare because Obamacare will require health care rationing and will kill people just like the Holocaust. LePage said that we would then be just like Canada.
Yes, Canada. Apparently, our maple leaf and hockey-loving neighbors to the north already have a Gestapo-like system in place to kill people, just Hitler’s Third Reich. As I think about it, that maple leaf on the Canadian flag could easily be twisted into a swastika. It is also a little-known fact that while playing “O Canada” backwards some of the words from “Mein Kampf” can be heard in a German accent.
Don’t worry, Canada, we have our own version of backwards here in the U.S., specifically at the Governor’s mansion in Maine.
So the IRS is off the hook because it is not quite the Gestapo, at least not yet. However, Obamacare is just like the Holocaust — a horrific crime. Thanks for the apology, Governor.
Here is the interview: