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Daily Archives: Sept. 5, 2012
Sept. 5, 201212:01 p.m.
Pro-union Wichitan Pat Lehman, who is among the Democratic National Convention delegates, famously says what she thinks and doesn’t care what anyone thinks about what she says. But she did her presidential candidate and party no favors this week by mentioning Republican strategies in the same breath as Adolf Hitler’s, and then doubling down when challenged. “It’s like Hitler said, if you’re going to tell a lie, tell a big lie, and if you tell it often enough and say it in a loud enough voice, some people are going to believe you,” Lehman said about the GOP contention that voter-ID laws are necessary to fight voter fraud. The political media and Twitter seized on Lehman’s quote, linking it to California Democratic chairman John Burton’s statement this week that Republicans “lie and they don’t care if people think they lie…. Joseph Goebbels – it’s the big lie, you keep repeating it.” Not only are such references to the “big lie” factually challenged, but the surest way to discredit any argument in contemporary politics is to bring up Hitler as you make it. Such rhetoric also exhibits disrespect for the victims and survivors of the Holocaust. As Jeremy Burton, who leads the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, said on Twitter: “Can we all just please agree, no Holocaust analogy in U.S. politics is ever OK. Nor does it work.”
By Rhonda Holman | |
Sept. 5, 20126:00 a.m.
While acknowledging that presidents have limited influence on the economy, Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson gave President Obama a C-plus on his handling of the economy. He said Obama deserved an A-minus for his first six months in office, when he and Congress worked to keep the economy from going over the cliff. But for Obama’s remaining time in office, Samuelson gave him a C-minus or D. He faulted Obama for shifting focus to health care reform, which Samuelson said fanned policy uncertainty and undermined recovery. “His mistake was assuming he could pursue his political agenda without compromising the recovery,” Samuelson wrote.
By Phillip Brownlee | |