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April 28, 2008


I don't mind Hillary's paraphrase of a Holocaust poem. But, I regret her anti-trade message.

History tells us that the anti-trade Smoot-Hawley tariff was a conributing cause of the Great Depression. It's sad to see today's Dems esppousing the failed approach of conservate Republicans 80 years ago. It's also ironic, since NAFTA was one of Bill Clinton's key achievements.

I'm not a Clinton fan, but that's not a metaphor, it's a rhetorical tactic (describing the peeling away of the less powerful, making the remaining population less powerful too) that's become associated with one particular statement. I wouldn't be surprised if Niemoeller lifted it from someone else. Even if he didn't, it's not out of bounds to reuse it, the idea is generalizable.

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