For the second time in seven days, Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) compared the IRS to the Nazi secret police force.
"What I am trying to say is the Holocaust was a horrific crime against humanity and, frankly, I would never want to see that repeated," he told Seven Days at a fundraiser in Vermont on Thursday. "Maybe the IRS is not quite as bad — yet."
"They're headed in that direction," LePage added.
“Do you have a sense of what the Gestapo did during World War II?” Seven Days' Paul Heintz asked.
“Yeah. They killed a lot of people," the governor responded.
“And the IRS is headed in that direction?” Heintz pressed.
“They’re headed in the direction of killing a lot of people?” Heintz asked, to which LePage again responded, "Yeah."
LePage said the IRS was the "new Gestapo" on Saturday. The governor was criticizing President Obama’s health care reform law, which requires most individuals in the United States to obtain health insurance coverage or pay a penalty. The IRS will enforce the penalty when the so-called individual mandate is implemented in 2014.
“It was never intended to offend anyone,” LePage said Tuesday. “And if someone’s offended, then they ought to be goddamn mad at the federal government.”
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