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Today’s Odd History Invocation

May 21, 2012, 2:18 pm

Grover Norquist, on Democratic attempts to penalize the use of citizenship renouncing to avoid taxes:

I think Schumer can probably find the legislation to do this. It existed in Germany in the 1930s and Rhodesia in the ’70s and in South Africa as well,” said Norquist. “He probably just plagiarized it and translated it from the original German.”

All the useful examples in there: Nazi Germany? Check. South Africa? Check. But Rhodesia? Was Rhodesia a well-known tax extractor? Is this some kind of right wing code, aka Dred Scott?

Inquiring minds.

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