Thursday, September 6, 2012

OMG in CD6: Rep. Roscoe Bartlett Says Federal Student Loans Are Unconstitutional & Compares Them to Holocaust

UPDATE: The Washington Post's Ben Pershing now has a follow-up to his mind-blowing article about Rep. Roscoe Bartlett's Holocaust comments. Bartlett is now apologizing for his statements after his campaign spokesperson first said his remarks were in line with his philosophy. See their attempts to walk it back below (excerpt below):
WASHINGTON POST: After initially defending Bartlett’s statement, his campaign issued an apology Thursday afternoon. “While explaining my position on an important constitutional issue, I regrettably used an extreme example as a comparison that was ill-advised and inappropriate,” Bartlett said. “I should never use something as horrific as the Holocaust to make a political point, and I deeply apologize to anyone I may have offended.”

The Washington Post's Ben Pershing is reporting on an insane development in Maryland's 6th Congressional District. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, who is already in the fight of his life against Democratic businessman John Delaney, has now compared federal student loans to the Holocaust (excerpt below):
WASHINGTON POST: [Roscoe Bartlett] explained that he had read through the Constitution carefully and could find no evidence “that the federal government should be involved in education....”

“Not that it’s not a good idea to give students loans, it certainly is a good idea to give them loans,” Bartlett said. “But if you can ignore the Constitution to do something good today, tomorrow you will be ignoring the Constitution to do something bad. You could. There are more people in our, in America today of German ancestry than any other [inaudible]. The Holocaust that occurred in Germany — how in the heck could that happen? And when you start down the wrong road, it can be a very slippery slope....”

VIDEO SYNOPSIS: Bartlett was asked at a town hall meeting about whether he believes in federal student loans. He pulls out a pocket copy of the Constitution and says he thinks they are unconstitutional. Then he proceeds to compare the federal student loans to the Holocaust, invoking the slippery slope argument. See the video below. Oy vey!

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