Democrats blast LePage for 'Gestapo' comment

AUGUSTA — Democratic lawmakers are calling on Maine Gov. Paul LePage to apologize for his remarks comparing the Internal Revenue Service to the Gestapo.

The Democratic leaders of the House and Senate issued a statement Sunday calling LePage's language "intentionally offensive."

Rep. Emily Cain and Sen. Justin Alfond said Holocaust survivors and Word War II veterans who witnessed the terror of the Adolf Hitler's secret police "should not be trivialized for political shock."

In his weekly radio address Saturday, LePage attacked the Supreme Court's decision that upheld President Barack Obama's health care law.

LePage said the court's decision has "made America less free" and that people have no choice but to buy health insurance or "pay the new Gestapo — the IRS."

LePage previously told the NAACP to "kiss my butt," called protesters "idiots," referred to state government middle managers as "corrupt" and while campaigning for governor,  said he'd tell Obama to "go to hell."

Democrat Ethan Strimling, a political commentator, said Monday that the Gestapo remark represents the first time the governor has used such racially-charged language.

The Anti-Defamation League's regional director called the governor's remark "hurtful and inappropriate."

Derrek Shulman says comparisons to the Nazi police force have no place in politics or anywhere else.

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CLAIRE GAMACHE's picture

so

Extreme left wing kooks = governor of Maine. These are equal in the eyes of members of this forum? Does that make him an extreme right wing kook? Shouldn't we expect better from an elected official than talk radio blather? It seems to me there should be a distinction between governing and campaigning and between entertainment and serious political talk. Well he was on the radio. Maybe it just went to his head. Personally I'm really getting tired of over the top rhetoric that does not inform, is insulting most of the time and is clearly manipulative.

ANTHONY NAZAR's picture

When they can think of nothing else...

The right wingers dig out something from the left that, in their minds, nullifies the transgressions of the right.

I don't care who said it, Democrat or Republican. We need to hold him to a higher standard because his stupidity makes headlines where the blowhard at the coffee shop doesn't. Biden's stupid comment about workers in 7-11's got just as much national press, maybe more since he was VP, as LePage's stupid Gestapo remark. What Harry Truman said six decades ago isn't even relevant because it was 6 decades ago. If he said it now, there would be an uproar. When I worked for a bookseller, we carried a children's book called "Little Black (you know the rest)." It was eventually pulled by the publisher as well as the store owner. But, that book was written in a different era so there was no uproar when it came out. That doesn't make it okay for LePage to open his mouth and spew stupid statements that make headlines.

Stop pointing fingers and understand that just because a pol is Republican doesn't make him or her the second Coming. Deal with the simple fact that LePage is a loose cannon with all that implies. I think the Gang of Eight needs to make another trip to the Governor's Office - this time with the rough draft of a Recall Bill. Otherwise, he's going to bring down the whole house of cards.

As strong a Democrat as I am - we do need an opposition to keep us from becoming as arrogant as Republicans have become since 2010.

Mark Elliott's picture

I think you have a MUCH

I think you have a MUCH bigger "loose cannon" to worry about.....in Washington.

Steve  Dosh's picture

Mark , Newt 2 0 1 2 ? You

Mark ,
Newt 2 0 1 2 ?
You must be joking . ...
:) /s Steve

Mark Elliott's picture

The only jokers out there are

The only jokers out there are the ones supporting Obama.......

A brokered convention is the norm, NOT the exception.

:p / m Mark

JOHN PAINTER's picture

I'm not sure in what way the

I'm not sure in what way the IRS is like the Gestapo, I think the comment in this way cheapens what his opinion seemed to have been, that he feels the government is forcing health insurance on everyone. I respect the Governors and many other Americans opinions who do not like the ACA, though I do not agree.

The real story in this article, I think, and what is more disturbing to me are the number of comments here which come across as hateful, even bigoted. That would be a better example of the role of the Gestapo in Nazi Germany.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Does this come as a surprise to anyone???

Paul LePage compares the I.R.S. to the gestapo. Wrong? yes. Improper? yes. Totally uncalled for? absolutely. This type of comment should not come as any surprise to anyone who has followed LePage's cronic "foot in mouth" disease. Also he should keep in mind that he does have to file income tax returns next year. I guess that would be the closest he'll come to meeting his maker, on this earth. I'm pretty thick skinned, I'm not going to let that comment bother me. That being said, If anyone were to compare "Me" to Paul LePage, then the S#$T would hit the fan.....

 's picture

after 8 years of the extreme

after 8 years of the extreme left wing kooks comparing Bush to Hitler you now complain? Hyprocrite, thy name is democrat.

Mike Lachance's picture

Joh, you beat me to it..

Yes. ush, heney, Rove, Ascroft. ALL were called Nazi's, Hitler, etc. along with the whole administration. Where was the liberal and Jewish outrage then? .... (silence)..... that's right. It didnt exist. As a matter of fact, it was applauded and usually followed by a chortling and mocking laughter from those very same spineless liberals who are now "aghast" as such a comment.

Suddenly the I.R.S. is a saintly bunch of moral do-gooders in need of defense? NO. LePage made a common figure of speech. That means it was not a literal statement. Regardless, the IRS *is* becoming more and more like the gestapo, along with the EPA (they seem to be in a race).... the figure of speech doesnt refer to Jewish history. It doesnt refer to holocaust victims. It refers to a Govt organization that demands papers, levies unreasonable demands on individuals, carries out its own for of justice without regard to freedom or due process, and works outside the law. Yes, Gestapo is not too far off base in these regards.

Get over it folks.

David Marsters's picture

Lepage statement

I agree with him 100% what he said about the gestapo. These democrats are out of touch lately and all should be voted out.

 's picture

Besides....

...LePage looks more like Moose-a-leeny. Just joining in on the overall tenor of these idiotic apologists.

David Marsters's picture

Comment

The Mafia would run the country and state a hell of a lot better than what we have.

 's picture

You are free to leave...

...at any time - something neither the mafia nor gestapo would allow you to do without putting holes in your epidermis first.

PAUL MATTSON's picture

THE "NEW GESTAPO THE IRS" IS NOT THE SAME AS THE GESTAPO

Obama skates for 6 years saying the New Black Panthers is different the Black Panthers…

ANTHONY NAZAR's picture

Gestapo is Gestapo

GeheimeStaatspolizei

Still - I could accept your weaseling if you'll allow me to suggest that the NRA is an organization of morons - understand that I'm not using the word in the old sense, but rather a more modern broader generic way. Nutting will explain it to you.

PAUL MATTSON's picture

The NRA is the largest Civil

The NRA is the largest Civil Rights organization in America!

 's picture

Offensive

If we didn't have as many people sitting around thinking up things to put on the list of "WE CAN'T SAY THAT ANYMORE" this country would be alot better off. We can't say Merry Christmas cause it might offend someone, we can't say illegal aliens cause they might be offended, we can be stopped for a routine police check, seatbelt law or whatever but if your black, brown or where a sheet around your head its profiling. If your here "with papers" and you are asked to see them and your here legally then whats the problem. This is not Nazi Germany and whoever made that comparison is a sicko. I have lived here all my life and if I get stopped for a light out or whatever I have to show my license. I have had a license for 50 yrs. and had to show my birth certificate to get it and those that are infiltrating this country shouldn't have to because?? YOUR HERE IN THIS COUNTRY WHETHER LEGALLY OR NOT THESE ARE THE LAWS AND THEY APPLY TO EVERYONE. The Gestapo were a rotten bunch and mistreated the Jews and others and no one denies that and to call the IRS gestapo is no reflection on those that were persecuted or the good German people and only points out the bad guys not the victims. Some of the warped minds around here could find a problem with someone saying "Have a nice day" This country is changing so fast and its being destroyed from within. I am a white American and we are all being profiled because of all the ways we are trying to please people that are here illegally or legally but we support. We better start ruling while we are still the majority cause that is dwindling fast. The little guy has to worry about the IRS as the fat cats that owe all the money can get one of those shyster lawyers to cut their debt in half and can still keep their boat if they have any left to pay him with. Do you know that if you die you can find a lawyer that will sue because you ate cheerios as a child or had measles or they will find a way so that they make money which is the key.

Mark Elliott's picture

"I think one man is just as

"I think one man is just as good as another so long as he's not a n*gger or a Chinaman. Uncle Will says that the Lord made a White man from dust, a n*gger from mud, then He threw up what was left and it came down a Chinaman. He does hate Chinese and Japs. So do I. It is race prejudice, I guess. But I am strongly of the opinion Negroes ought to be in Africa, Yellow men in Asia and White men in Europe and America."-Harry Truman (1911) in a letter to his future wife Bess

"You cannot go to a 7-11 or Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian Accent." -Senator Joe Biden

Mahatma Gandhi "ran a gas station down in Saint Louis."-Senator Hillary Clinton

Some junior high n*gger kicked Steve's ass while he was trying to help his brothers out; junior high or sophomore in high school. Whatever it was, Steve had the n*gger down. However it was, it was Steve's fault. He had the n*gger down, he let him up. The n*gger blindsided him."-- Roger Clinton, the President's brother on audiotape

"You'd find these potentates from down in Africa, you know, rather than eating each other, they'd just come up and get a good square meal in Geneva." -- Fritz Hollings (D, S.C.)

"Is you their black-haired answer-mammy who be smart? Does they like how you shine their shoes, Condoleezza? Or the way you wash and park the whitey's cars?"-- Left-wing radio host Neil Rogers

Blacks and Hispanics are "too busy eating watermelons and tacos" to learn how to read and write." -- Mike Wallace, CBS News. Source: Newsmax

Black on Black

"In the days of slavery, there were those slaves who lived on the plantation and [there] were those slaves that lived in the house. You got the privilege of living in the house if you served the master ... exactly the way the master intended to have you serve him. Colin Powell's committed to come into the house of the master. When Colin Powell dares to suggest something other than what the master wants to hear, he will be turned back out to pasture." -- Harry Belafonte

"Republicans bring out Colin Powell and J.C. Watts because they have no program, no policy. They have no love and no joy. They'd rather take pictures with black children than feed them." -- Donna Brazile, Al Gore's Campaign Manager for the 2000 election

(On Clarence Thomas) "A handkerchief-head, chicken-and-biscuit-eating Uncle Tom." -- Spike Lee

"He's married to a white woman. He wants to be white. He wants a colorless society. He has no ethnic pride. He doesn't want to be black."

-- California State Senator Diane Watson's on Ward Connerly's interracial marriage

Comments From The Past

"Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds."-- Former Klansman and current US Senator Robert Byrd, a man who is referred to by many Democrats as the "conscience of the Senate", in a letter written in 1944, after he quit the KKK.

"I am a former kleagle of the Ku Klux Klan in Raleigh County and the adjoining counties of the state .... The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia .... It is necessary that the order be promoted immediately and in every state of the Union. Will you please inform me as to the possibilities of rebuilding the Klan in the Realm of W. Va .... I hope that you will find it convenient to answer my letter in regards to future possibilities."-- Former Klansman and current US Senator Robert Byrd, a man who is referred to by many Democrats as the "conscience of the Senate", in a letter written in 1946, after he quit the KKK.

"These laws [segregation] are still constitutional and I promise you that until they are removed from the ordinance books of Birmingham and the statute books of Alabama, they will be enforced in Birmingham to the utmost of my ability and by all lawful means."-- Democrat Bull Connor (1957), Commissioner of Public Safety for Birmingham, Alabama

"I'll have those n*ggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years."-- Lyndon B. Johnson to two governors on Air Force One according Ronald Kessler's Book, "Inside The White House"

(On New York) "K*ketown." -- Harry Truman in a personal letter

"There’s some people who’ve gone over the state and said, ‘Well, George Wallace has talked too strong about segregation.’ Now let me ask you this: how in the name of common sense can you be too strong about it? You’re either for it or you’re against it. There’s not any middle ground as I know of." -- Democratic Alabama Governor George Wallace (1959)

On Jews

"You f*cking Jew b@stard." -- Hillary Clinton to political operative Paul Fray. This was revealed in "State of a Union: Inside the Complex Marriage of Bill and Hillary Clinton" and has been verified by Paul Fray and three witnesses.

"The Jews don't like Farrakhan, so they call me Hitler. Well, that's a good name. Hitler was a very great man. He rose Germany up from the ashes." -- Louis Farrakhan (1984) who campaigned for congresswoman Cynthia McKinney in 2002

"Now that nation called Israel, never has had any peace in forty years and she will never have any peace because there can never be any peace structured on injustice, thievery, lying and deceit and using the name of God to shield your dirty religion under his holy and righteous name." -- Louis Farrakhan who campaigned for congresswoman Cynthia McKinney in 2002, 1984

'Hymies.' 'Hymietown.' -- Jesse Jackson's description of New York City while on the 1984 presidential campaign trail.

"Jews — that's J-E-W-S." -- Democratic state representative Bill McKinney on why his daughter Cynthia lost in 2002

On Whites

"I want to go up to the closest white person and say: 'You can't understand this, it's a black thing' and then slap him, just for my mental health."-- Charles Barron, a New York city councilman at a reparations rally, 2002

"Civil rights laws were not passed to protect the rights of white men and do not apply to them." -- Mary Frances Berry, Chairwoman, US Commission on Civil Rights

(I) "will not let the white boys win in this election." -- Donna Brazile, Al Gore's Campaign Manager on the 2000 election

"The old white boys got taken fair and square." -- San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown after winning an election

"There are white n*ggers. I've seen a lot of white n*ggers in my time." -- Former Klansman and Current US Senator Robert Byrd, a man who is referred to by many Democrats as the "conscience of the Senate" in March of 2001

"The Medicaid system must have been developed by a white male slave owner. It pays for you to be pregnant and have a baby, but it won't pay for much family planning." -- Jocelyn Elders

The white man is our mortal enemy, and we cannot accept him. I will fight to see that vicious beast go down into the lake of fire prepared for him from the beginning, that he never rise again to give any innocent black man, woman or child the hell that he has delighted in pouring on us for 400 years." -- Louis Farrakhan who campaigned for congresswoman Cynthia McKinney in 2002, City College audience in New York

"There's no great, white bigot; there's just about 200 million little white bigots out there." -- USA Today columnist Julienne Malveaux

"We have lost to the white racist press and to the racist reactionary Jewish misleaders." -- Former Rep. Gus Savage (D-Illinois) after his defeat 1992

"White folks was in caves while we was building empires... We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it." -- Rev. Al Sharpton in a 1994 speech at Kean College, NJ, cited in "Democrats Do the Dumbest Things

"The white race is the cancer of human history." -- Susan Sontag

"Reparations are a really good way for white people to admit they're wrong." -- Zack Webb, University Of Kentucky NAACP

Wow Democrat's... We Hardly Knew Ya! -

RONALD RIML's picture

Typical Mark Elliot BS.........

Smiley face

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So right

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Jason Theriault's picture

Figured it out

LePage needs Pattie to moderate his mouth.

Mark Elliott's picture

Please read

Still offensive

His remarks on the IRS are beyond offensive. They're an insult to those who suffered and died under the actual Gestapo in Germany.

To liken our tax collectors to those who killed millions of people for any reason at all is appalling and stupid. It shows LePage has no clue about history.

The IRS can be called many things, but organized killers is not one of them.

I agree..

It shows he has no clue about most things..his mouth usually starts talking minutes before his brain (or whatever is up there) is engaged..so ashamed of this joker for our great state of Maine..can't wait for re-elections..I know of so many that voted for this idiot that have regretted their vote...but you still have the few that follow his every word..doesn't say much for them..

Mike Lachance's picture

IRS buying guns and ammo?.... True... but what for?

You might want to do a google search to quickly discover the WEAPONS and AMMO that the IRS has been purchasing over the last 3 years. No, im not making this stuff up (i wish i was). Go ahead and see for yourself. hould take about 20 seconds on google.

Mind numbing.

RONALD RIML's picture

Easy to Google

Right-wing blogosphere baselessly fearmonger over IRS weapons purchase

"Several right-wing blogs have baselessly fearmongered over an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) purchase request for 60 shotguns for its Criminal Investigation Division (CI), stating that "we should have seen this coming" and that that it indicated that President Obama "thinks they're gonna have to start shooting at us to squeeze what we have left out of us." But IRS CI employs 2,700 special agents who are required to "carry and use a firearm," and as the purchase request itself indicates, the IRS has previously purchased shotguns, as the type was selected "based on compatibility with IRS existing shotgun inventory."

Now Mike, tell us why Folks started buying "Guns 'n Ammo" like crazy after Obama got elected four years ago. Wasn't to implement Sharron Angle's suggestion of 'Second Amendment Remedies' to stop anything they perceived as tyrannical in their inflamed minds, would it???

Mike Lachance's picture

RIML DRIVEL

Quick study on a typical Riml drivel post:

Right-wing
baselessly
fearmonger
buying "Guns 'n Ammo" like crazy
inflamed minds

without any of those operative words your post (like all others you create) becomes vacuuous.

What's more, citing a "story" from MEDIAMATTERS is beneath even msnbc as a news source.

Why not just go to the source:
https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=8d3b076bd4de14bbda5...

"The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) intends to purchase sixty Remington Model 870 Police RAMAC #24587 12 gauge pump-action shotguns for the Criminal Investigation Division. The Remington parkerized shotguns, with fourteen inch barrel, modified choke, Wilson Combat Ghost Ring rear sight and XS4 Contour Bead front sight, Knoxx Reduced Recoil Adjustable Stock, and Speedfeed ribbed black forend, are designated as the only shotguns authorized for IRS duty based on compatibility with IRS existing shotgun inventory, certified armorer and combat training and protocol, maintenance, and parts.

Submit quotes including 11% Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax (FAET) and shipping to Washington DC."

And then an unbiased study:
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/federal-eye/2010/02/yes_the_irs_buys_gu...

of note:
"The agents occasionally execute and serve search or arrest warrants, thus the need to pack heat. The Remingtons are commonly used by other law enforcement agencies. Agents undertake the proper training and also attend refresher courses, IRS spokesman Eric Smith said."

Sounds kinda like the GESTAPO.

RONALD RIML's picture

LaChance BS

IRS: Powers limited by U.S. Constitution

Gestapo: Powers limited only by depraved crazy Dictator

LaChance sounds kinda like depraved crazy person.

Mark Elliott's picture

Obama powers limited by the

Obama powers limited by the constitution. <--....oh?...ooops....scratch that!

RONALD RIML's picture

Which 'Power' you referring to there, Mark????

Scratchin' your haid???

Mike Lachance's picture

When Ron gets cornered with facts...

he resorts to making it personal and ugly.

Mark Elliott's picture

Liberal rule #10: When

Liberal rule #10: When losing a debate with a conservative, just insult your opponent and leave the discussion!

RONALD RIML's picture

Liberal Rule #1

When there's work to be done - go out and do it.

Don't waste time trying to reason with crazy people on the computer.

RONALD RIML's picture

Check vacation days -

President Obama has taken 61 vacation days after 31 months in office. At this point in their presidencies, George W. Bush had spent 180 days at his ranch where his staff often joined him for meetings. And Ronald Reagan had taken 112 vacation days at his ranch.

http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-18563_162-20093801.html

Mike Lachance's picture

What was that about "quick study"?

Working vacations at Crawford were part of the norm. Presidents Fox & Putin, PM Blair, and others stayed for numbers of days at Crawford on many occaisons, along with the POTUS working staff. They were usually working. This is also true of Camp David time, and many of Reagans days at his CA Ranch. (both Bush and Reagan signed a number of Bills while at their respective ranches.)

So now going HOME and working is the equivalent of lavish Hawaiian trips, 10 day in Martha's Vineyard, Jet setting to the Taj Mahal, and constantly golfing? If Barry the Amateur was actually going home to Chicago to unwind a bit while still signing bills and hosting Heads of State you MIGHT be on to something.... but.

Tally up the taxpeyers dimes and you'll quickly find the Amateur is in a league of his own and his job is a league over his head.

RONALD RIML's picture

Going home and 'working?'

And on August 6th, 2001, hardly a month before the 9/11 attacks, George Bush - while on his 'working' vacation in Crawford, Texas was handed the now infamous Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in U.S. - it reads in part: “bin Laden wanted to hijack US aircraft to gain the release” of Oman Abdul Rahman and others and tells of “suspicious activity in the US consistent with preparations for hijackings or other types of attacks, including recent surveillance of federal buildings in New York.”

Ah, those lazy, halcyon dayz........

Vacationing with your buddies, letting the mice play while the cat's away......

Mike Lachance's picture

Doesnt look like a "vacation" to me....

And as far as what he did before chopping wood at Crawford.... again and again and again...
Check the BYLINES. Sorry Rimmy, You fall short on this one. (again):

http://www.google.com/search?q=bush+signs+bill+at+crawford&sourceid=ie7&...

RONALD RIML's picture

By Mr. 'Quick Study' hisself......

When in a hole - dig deeper!!!!!

Mike Lachance's picture

Keep digging Ron. Eventual

Keep digging Ron. Eventual your tunnels might connect.
(Carry some wire too, so if they do connect, your bulb will go on)

RONALD RIML's picture

So referring to LePage as a 'Zeppelin inflated Hitler' is

also 'intentionally offensive?'

Who'da thunk it??????

 's picture

I guess

Bush being hung in effigy with with a swastika painted on him didn't offend people did it Ron. But I do understand the liberal double standard.

RONALD RIML's picture

You don't have that link yet......

Crickets.

RONALD RIML's picture

Link to that story in the LSJ to make your point.

Let's see what the comments were, Dave.

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