“I hope it’s not working,” Ken Langone — the billionaire co-founder of Home Depot who is a major GOP donor and Chris Christie super fan –told Politico. “It” being tactics that point out the richest are getting richer as almost everyone else gets poorer. “Because if you go back to 1933, with different words, this is what Hitler was saying in Germany. You don’t survive as a society if you encourage and thrive on envy or jealousy.”
As the Führer of People for the Ethical Use of Nazi References, I give this a four out of a possible five Heils, five being Glenn Beck or Tom Perkins.
Actually it’s academics Emmanuel Saez and Thomas Piketty who pointed out that 95% of the gains in the recovery have gone to the richest one percent. And while Hitler enjoyed the support of his nation’s industrialists, he wasn’t too kind to academics.
In early 1933 some Jews were banned from the legal and medical professions. What’s happening in 2014 that reminds Langone of Nazi Germany? People who earn over $250,000 a year in capital gains are being asked to pay 2.5% more in taxes to help the working poor to afford health insurance.
Who else has has Langone said is doing the Hitler talk?
Earlier this year, he threaten to withhold donations to the Catholic Church because of Pope Francis’ focus on inequality.
UPDATE: Langone has sort of apologized to you Nazis.
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