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Sam Pollak

March 22, 2014

A minority group that's getting out of hand


Incredibly, Perkins equated this criticism to Kristallnacht, the “Night of Broken Glass,” when Nazis killed almost 100 Jews while burning down synagogues and vandalizing Jewish homes, schools and stores. In its immediate wake, about 30,000 Jewish men were sent to concentration camps.

Perkins’ letter, as you might expect, engendered opprobrium far and wide, so much so that Perkins later allowed that “I used that terrible word ‘Kristallnacht,’ which I should never have used.”

But then, a month later, at a speaking engagement moderated by Adam Lashinsky of Fortune, Perkins said if he had his way, only taxpayers would be allowed to vote, and that the more taxes you pay, the more votes you should get.

“…What I really think is, it should be like a corporation,” Perkins said. “You pay a million dollars in taxes, you get a million votes. How’s that?”

How’s that? Ridiculous, that’s how it is.

According to the Washington Post, between 1979 and 2011, wages for the median worker grew by only 6 percent. Those in the top 5 percent saw a rise of 37 percent. The top 1 percent’s earnings grew by an astounding 113 percent.

Under Perkins’ logic, that privileged income should buy millions of votes to help Perkins and his ilk have even more say in how things are run in Washington than they do now.

Not content to allow Perkins to be the only rich idiot making asinine comments equating advocates for the disadvantaged with Nazis, billionaire Home Depot founder Ken Langone had his say in Politico about criticism of the wealthy’s massive political contributions and influence.

“…If you go back to 1933, with different words, this is what Hitler was saying in Germany,” Langone said. “You don’t survive as a society if you encourage and thrive on envy or jealousy.”

Later that day, obviously informed that he had said something stupid, Langone apologized for being caught saying what he actually believes.

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