Taxes are not genocide

Using a Holocaust analogy to refer to taxes is completely inappropriate.

The nationâÄôs money woes draw innumerable metaphors from those who think the situation is out of control. Politicians have likened our flailing economy to runaway trains, sinking ships and now, inexplicably, the Holocaust.

This past Saturday, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., spoke to New Hampshire Republicans and referenced the Holocaust to illustrate a point about the loss of what she calls “economic liberty.” Bachmann said that, as a child, she was shocked to hear that many Americans didnâÄôt know millions of Jews were executed until after World War II ended.

Bachmann said, “I tell you this story because I think in our day and time, there is no analogy to that horrific action, but only to say, we are seeing eclipsed in front of our eyes a similar death and a similar taking away. It is this disenfranchisement that I think we have to answer to.” Come again?

The congresswoman is not the first person to use this metaphor, but comparing anything other than mass genocide to the Holocaust is a telling sign of a feeble argument. BachmannâÄôs is no different. One would be hard pressed to find someone in the younger generation Bachmann is referring to that isnâÄôt aware of the possibility of high taxes. A majority of young people put President Barack Obama in office. We know what we signed up for. In fact, the top income tax rate is the lowest it has been since 1931.

If anything, we will look back at this point in history and wonder why lawmakers like Bachmann put so much energy into divisive politics and rhetoric.

Bachmann, and all politicians for that matter, must stop using the Holocaust as a metaphor. Use arguments that have substantive and appropriate evidence instead.