Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Oddly enough, the first week of the new "civility" era wrapping up about as you would expect

Ah, the good ol' days...

Late last night on the floor of the House, Steve Cohen (D-TN) compared Republican opponents of ObamaCare to... you guessed it... Nazis!

Seeing as how this came less than a week after the President's make-nice speech at the Tucson memorial/pep rally, this has to set some sort of Godwin's Law record.

In an extraordinary outburst on the House floor, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) invoked the Holocaust to attack Republicans on health care and compared rhetoric on the issue to the work of infamous Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.

“They say it's a government takeover of health care, a big lie just like Goebbels," Cohen said. "You say it enough, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, and eventually, people believe it. Like blood libel. That's the same kind of thing. And Congressman Cohen didn’t stop there.

“The Germans said enough about the Jews and people believed it--believed it and you have the Holocaust. We heard on this floor, government takeover of health care. Politifact said the biggest lie of 2010 was a government takeover of health care because there is no government takeover," Cohen said.

We're actually breathing a sigh of relief as we weren't quite sure how it was we were going to manage all the civility and magnanimity that had been flowing our way of late. The Congressman from Tennessee has rendered our concerns moot.

And in other "new civility" news today:

A group of Washington, D.C. protesters upset about the possibility of a Walmart store coming to their area is hoping to send the potential developer of the proposed store a message. So much so that they‘re planning to march to and protest at the developer’s personal residence. The group has even gone as far as to circulate the man’s home address.

The group is called Wal-Mart Free D.C. and describes itself as “a group of DC residents who have come together to say NO to Wal-Mart.” In order to make its point, a flyer on the group‘s website say it’s organizing a march to harass the potential developer — Dick Knapp of Foulger-Pratt Development (the company has yet to sign a contract with Walmar)t. The flyer sets the march for Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and includes Knapp’s address.

But the address may not be the flyer’s only controversial element. Ironically, it also contains a target symbol — a similar picture to the one seen on a district map created by Sarah Palin and that’s sparked outrage from the left in the wake of the shootings in Tucson. And what‘s worrying is that the group’s symbol is connected to specific event at a private residence.

Any idea what this "protest" might look like? We got a sneak preview last May when a mob of SEIU thugs terrorized the home of a banking executive in suburban Maryland.

Nazi references, targeting, union goonery... ahhhh... it's just good to know that this end-of-business-as-usual and new era cooperation and bipartisanship promised to us by our President is truly back.


drozz said...

anderson cooper on cnn raked cohen over the coals last night in an interview. by the end cohen was reduced to a sputtering fool.

of course, afterword, a panel absolved him because "republicans lie".

drozz said...

also, if the government has passed a 2200+ page document exponentially regulating healthcare, how isn't the government taking over healthcare?

mr. cohen seemed fixated on a report stating it wasn't.

Anonymous said...

One thing that caught my eye in the Anti WM flyer was that WM would eliminate 1.4 jobs for every one at WM. Isn't a more efficient way of marketing to be lauded. But that has never been much of a union goal.
Also, where the howl when they wiped out the Chrysler agencies in DC. Dad

SarahB said...

excellent! Including in our update

Dean said...

The TARP IG uncovered the fact that there was no rhyme nor reason for determining which Chrysler (or GM) dealerships to close let alone closing any of them at all.

"The Treasury Department encouraged automakers seeking TARP funds to rapidly close their dealerships, even though the plan contributed no specific savings to the companies and caused job losses at a time of mounting unemployment, according to a scathing new audit published Monday.

The report focuses on the plans by Chrysler LLC and General Motors Corp. to rapidly reduce their number of dealerships by about 25 percent each, and the role that Treasury played in encouraging the automakers to do so quickly instead of over the course of five years."

Thanks, Sarah!

steve said...

Perhaps Congress should have a trapdoor placed under every speaker. Using the Nazi analogy should cause the door to open and the offender to be removed.

" how isn't the government taking over healthcare?"

It is done through expanding subsidies to private insurance. The government is not dictating how medicine is practiced. It is not the NHS.


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