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Area representative compares campaign against tax-cut bill to Nazi propaganda

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Rep. Holly Rehder
A statement issued to constituents Friday by Rep. Holly Rehder, R-Sikeston, compared Adolf Hitler's use of propaganda in Nazi Germany to Gov. Jay Nixon's campaign against House Bill 253, drawing the ire of one of her state House colleagues.

Rehder issued a statement Monday apologizing to anyone "truly offended" by the reference.

"My degree is in public relations and one point that was hammered home throughout my study is that 'Perception Is Everything'," Rehder said to open her regular Capitol Report email blast last week. "This tidbit has been proven for years, if you will remember propaganda served as an important tool to win over the majority of the German public during Adolf Hitler's rule. I say this to remind you that you simply cannot take one side's viewpoint and proclaim it as the gospel. It behooves us all to research both sides of a debate before weighing in."

Rehder describes her support of House Bill 253 in the rest of the statement, and encourages constituents to look at the facts about the cut's potential to help economic development.

Supporters of the income tax bill say it will help Missouri business flourish. Opponents say the bill will slash education funding and services for the disabled.

"The governor's office has withheld $600 million in education funding since 2009," Rehder's statement said. "They understand how propaganda and fear moves our public."

Rep. Stacey Newman, D-St. Louis, married into a Jewish family and found the Nazi reference offensive. She sent a hard-copy letter to Rehder's Jefferson City, Mo., office stating her thoughts on the controversial comment. As an elected leader, Newman said she felt the responsibility to speak up.

In the letter, Newman wrote that Rehder's differences from the governor in policy are in no way comparable to Hitler's use of propaganda.

"I was extremely offended, as were many of my family, of your comparison of opposing policy views to the insanity of the Holocaust," Newman wrote. "Your comment was completely insensitive to those families throughout our state who have been forever altered by this horrific event in world history."

Newman on Monday said she understood where

Rehder was coming from with her comment, but the gravity of referring to Hitler's Nazi Germany resonates deeper with individuals who were directly affected by the Holocaust.

Newman said nothing compares to the Holocaust.

"Millions lost their lives in no fault of their own. And to use that in a context with a difference in policy views? There really is no connection," she said.

On Monday, Rehder issued a statement apologizing to "anyone who was truly offended by my comment. I would never knowingly hurt someone, nor would I want to distract from the meat of this very important piece of legislation."

Rehder said she hoped those who read her column see it as a call for a thoughtful, researched approach to the tax cut debate.

"I will vote to override the Governor's veto and urge my colleagues to do the same," Rehder said.

Newman said Rehder's comments had an intense meaning to many in the Jewish community of the St. Louis county she represents.

"It's like someone hit you in the chest, because it's callous, it's unfeeling and it sounds uneducated. Because of what that terminology actually means to people whose family members went through it," Newman said of Rehder's statement.

Newman's husband is a first-generation U.S. citizen whose lineage stopped because of what happened in Germany, she said. His grandmother, who Newman's daughter is named after, barely escaped Nazi Germany and lost eight sisters and their extended families during the Holocaust.

"That story is alive and well in our family," she said. "We want it to continue and this is what I need to do to help other people understand that we need to be respectful."

Newman said she has not received an apology or response from Rehder, who was elected in November to represent parts of Scott and Mississippi counties in the 148th House District.



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Fear mongering. It's there way. This is the same Rep that was in trouble for labor violations and was pushing RTW. Credibility 0 with her district. By the way SEMissourian you never followed up on the labor violation story.

-- Posted by SUPER on Mon, Sep 9, 2013, at 7:14 PM

I heard another radio ad sponsored by the MO chamber of Commerce today, supporting the override. For shame, for shame! For "respectable, responsible" businessmen to spread outright lies to deceive the people of Missouri, just in order to profit themselves...I find their actions abhorrent!

-- Posted by goat lady on Mon, Sep 9, 2013, at 7:25 PM

GOP use scare tactics?! GOP says something insensitive?!

-- Posted by cognitive77 on Mon, Sep 9, 2013, at 8:00 PM

I can see the local democrat meeting got out early today and they're up on their talking points!

The comment from the representative in St. Louis is ludicrous. Comparing Hitler's propaganda to the governors propaganda is perfectly legitimate. To say that it's insensitive to the jewish community is a liberal tactic to shut people up who disagree with them - to stifle free speech. Rep Redher said nothing of the holocaust, she did not say Jay Nixon was a Nazi, she didn't say Nixon was a Hitler. Liberals just love to throw down the race card, the gender card and whatever card they can play to win an argument when the facts are against them.

Liberal democrat Newman of St. Louis is a democratic hack and like most liberals wants to shut down disagreements with her party.

I'm offended that she's offended by the comparison. There - we're equally offended.

I think Holly Rehder hit the nail on the head. And I won't apologize if big-city Newman is offended that my remark might insinuate physically hitting someone. It's a colloquial comment Newman! Get educated and quit playing the bait cards. Is this all you have?

-- Posted by Dug on Mon, Sep 9, 2013, at 8:37 PM

Rehder's comments play big time to people who don't pay attention or understand what is going on. This includes Dug. He lowered himself into the stinch pits along with Rehder. Two disgusting individuals. Come on back with your usual BS, Dug.

-- Posted by left turn on Mon, Sep 9, 2013, at 9:04 PM

DUG, I am a former Repub, now an independent. If you have fallen for the party line on this one, I suggest IQ theropy.

-- Posted by foxtrot007 on Mon, Sep 9, 2013, at 9:26 PM

What, you can't even use Hitler's name without being unfairly bombarded by cowardly Democrats? how ridiculous, that state rep from St Louis ought to apologize for being stupid.

-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Mon, Sep 9, 2013, at 10:22 PM

Newman has no right to be offended by Rehder's statement as a Jew. She did not live through the Holocaust, so she has no idea what she's talking about in the first place. Only our older citizens who suffered through that hell have any right to be offended.

Secondly, unless that squirrel in the White House has somehow managed to void the First Amendment, Rehder still has the freedom to speak freely. We may not like what she says, but she DOES have the right to say it.

Lastly, left turn has done his/her usual sputtering and fussing, but he/she needs to realize the real depths of crap our current president has shoved America into. Dug is correct. Democrats always want to try to make a situation into something it's not by using race or another card.

-- Posted by G. H. on Mon, Sep 9, 2013, at 11:37 PM

Well, it is a stretch to compare Nixon to Hitler. It calls for an eye roll at best. There is far more propaganda coming out of Washington.

-- Posted by ssnkemp on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 5:38 AM

Dug has dug another hole to which he should crawl and come out next spring. Repubs are losing members each day by their stupidity.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 6:27 AM

She needs to visit with some real,people in Kansas, not the Kochs.

-- Posted by reneeat19 on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 6:48 AM

About what I expected, but good responses to Dug's typical nonsense.

-- Posted by Username1 on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 7:02 AM

Nixon to Hitler? It's clear to any reasonable person that she was making no such comparison.

The Comparison is: Propaganda to Propaganda.

However, Propaganda flows freely from all political parties.

-- Posted by UFO on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 7:27 AM

You are right Dug, all but 1 thing Hitler's in the white house not the Gov. of MO.

-- Posted by ssinteriors on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 7:29 AM

If anyone was offended by what Rep. Holly Rehder said is just acting like a small child and they are just looking for attention. When I am talking and saying the truth I could care less if what I say offends someone. The word offend is becoming to mean people are just plain stupid when they say I am offended by what you said, boy this country is going backwards instead of going forward

-- Posted by grandpa3 on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 7:56 AM

People shouldn't resort to fear mongering and saying offensive things. Does this representative not know she's supposed to to think about all of her constitutents and do what's right for this state?

If you go to saveourbridges.com you can look at the map of the country which shows Missouri's deficient bridges. They need fixing before another tragic accident. Schools need money. Why would you give busisness a 50% tax break when these things need to be done? Could it be payback for all those campaign contributions?

-- Posted by 1patriot on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 8:25 AM

Why is it that any time a tax cut is considered, it is always funding for education, the disabled and seniors that is threatened. Why not cutting spending in the bureaucracy.

-- Posted by Kansas on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 8:58 AM

The GOP wants to 0 out Public Education 0 out disabled funding 0 out senior funding Lock UP FBI DEA YES they do not want people to know what they are trying to do to Missouri lets Stop this

-- Posted by falcon2412 on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 9:06 AM

Taxation 101: Lesson 1:

Corporations Do Not Pay Taxes:

All funds that the corporation pays to any level of government come from their customers -- not some magical tax-paying fairy. The corporate tax is an opaque method for governments to collect more taxes from citizens.

Taxation 101: Lesson 2:

Increasing Tax Rates Reduces Revenue / Lowering Tax Rates Increases Revenue:

Lower tax rates mean that consumers have more freedom to engage in commerce which generates more tax revenues paid to the state.

Legislation that gives citizens more freedom (more of their life and liberty) is a good thing.

(I was typing slowly so you'd understand)

End of today's lesson; class dismissed.

-- Posted by bbollmann on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 9:16 AM

Over ride the veto. Missouri is ranked 47th in actual job creation under this State Administration that alone should tell us something. What about all the hiring that went on with good paying Executive branch salaries the Nixon administration did when they came in to office five years ago positions being created that we didn't need at all you never hear a word about this.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 9:17 AM

Dug has dug another hole to which he should crawl and come out next spring. Repubs are losing members each day by their stupidity. -- Posted by Dexterite1 on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 6:27 AM

And Dexter is bad at math - a typical Obama boot licker. 60% of state legistlatures and governorships are controlled by republicans. And the US house. Do you know what 100% minus 60% leaves the democrats? I won't give you the answer - take your shoes off and use your toes. Or talk to your sister username1. Another Obama boot licker.

As many *intelligent* people pointed out Rehder is talking about propaganda. Not Hitler. Of course liberal democrats are easily swayed by race cards, ethnic cards and gender cards. All they care about are sound bites. The low information voter elected Obama and we don't have to look much further than here to see who they are.

-- Posted by Dug on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 9:27 AM

The Rehder comment was emphasizing the power of propaganda and nothing else. Those who claim to be offended can't see past the nose on their face (and no, that's not a Jewish comment). I am of German, English and American Indian descent. By rights I guess I should be offended by nearly everything.

All we hear is "tax cut bill" but there is more to it than that. Be offended that we still have a system that allows bundling totally separate issues into one bill when there isn't by-line veto power.

-- Posted by malan on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 9:30 AM

Oh for God's sake. Another one "offended". I'm offended by the very word "offended" anymore. I am so tired of people having to dance around things to make a point. Say what you mean and mean what you say and eventually everyone will get over it.

-- Posted by momspoppies on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 10:11 AM

He lowered himself into the stinch pits along with Rehder. -- Posted by left turn on Mon, Sep 9, 2013, at 9:04 PM

lefty - if you're going to accuse someone of "lowering himself" at least learn how to spell "stench".

Another low-information voter and Obama supporter.

-- Posted by Dug on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 10:29 AM

Newman is probably never equally outraged when a democrat references Hitler.

-- Posted by TommyStix on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 11:16 AM

I wonder if Germans get tired of us always trying to compare our stupid politicains to Hitler?

-- Posted by timexx on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 11:56 AM

Hello Newman!

-- Posted by bbollmann on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 12:41 PM

"Newman said nothing compares to the Holocaust."


The Nazis had a monopoly on savagery? I didn't know that.

-- Posted by Givemeliberty on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 12:41 PM

I agree with momspoppies any more some of these people are offended if they have to get up out of bed in the morning. Get tough people and stop whining and complaining if you are offended about something hell just walk away. Our society has become so wimping at times, time to get tough and be what we once were speak your mind.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 1:35 PM

OK Let's cut state taxes. The money has to come from somewhere. County taxes, city taxes and the likes will have to make up for it. Unless you want bad highways, bridges falling in etc. And most of all, no education

-- Posted by ElmerV on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 2:03 PM

Anyone who was offended by this statement needs to grow some hardballs! Frankly speaking, I'am offended by people who sugar coat their feelings and remarks!

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 2:15 PM

Blessed Rosh Hashanah

-- Posted by VIKED on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 2:26 PM

Frankly, anyone making a statement like that is to small minded and historically challenged to be of value in a key position in Jeff. City or anywhere else.

-- Posted by foxtrot007 on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 2:28 PM

I want to respond, but to do so would lower me to a level of discourse that makes me very uncomfortable. Yes we have freedom of speech but some need to learn to control when and how they use it.

-- Posted by 12String on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 3:05 PM

anyone making a statement like that is to small minded and historically challenged to be of value in a key position in Jeff. City or anywhere else. -- Posted by foxtrot007 on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 2:28 PMThe Nazi card:

Obama's UN pick in June of this year compared the US policies to the Nazi's. Obama's own choice.

The race card: In May 2010, Obama told guests at a private White House dinner that race was probably a key component in the rising opposition to his presidency.

Democrat Dick Durbin - speaking of our US troops - compared our troops to Nazis, Soviet gulags and even Cambodian mass murderer Pol Pot. He's the number 2 democrat in the Senate.

Don't remember you complaining about the democrats continued use of the race card, Nazi card, "put you back in chains" comments. Hypocritical much?

-- Posted by Dug on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 3:58 PM

She wants to gut public school funding and services for the disabled so that big corporations can pay less in taxes. Thank you Holly Rehder---at least now we know where you stand. It's comments like this and the disregard for education, the elderly, and the disabled that I will never vote Republican again.

-- Posted by bluejay_fan_natic20 on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 5:08 PM

-- Posted by bluejay_fan_natic20 on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 5:08 PM

Have you been in Jay Nixon's new $5.6 million turbo prop plane that he bought with taxpayer money this year? After he cut education funding?

You never were a republican. If you cared about the "elderly" or "education" or the "disabled" you would have been critical of the democrat Jay Nixon. But you love him and it shows.

Holly Rehder - who I've never met - stood up for me. The taxpayer. The hard working person - like many other Missourians - that are tired of YOU bluejay reaching into our pockets to steal our hard earned money.

Thank you Holly.

-- Posted by Dug on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 5:48 PM

The Missouri public school system wastes more money per year than the average taxpayer will earn in a lifetime. Time to stop throwing more money at schools and start using the money they have more efficiently and wisely.

-- Posted by FreedomFadingFast on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 7:23 PM

I support her freedom of speech.

-- Posted by dfgt4554 on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 7:34 PM

Hang in there Holly. Methinks Nixon is using these fly-arounds (on the state dime) to gain support for a possible run for federal office.

-- Posted by kc135e on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 8:20 PM

Please provide the documentation proving all the waste in Missouri public schools.

-- Posted by luvbball15 on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 8:23 PM

I'm neither your mother nor your lackey. Look it up yourself.

-- Posted by FreedomFadingFast on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 8:39 PM

What a copout FFF!! You make sweeping talking points, without backing them up. You, thus, are not credible. Just saying someting is, does not make it a fact.

-- Posted by luvbball15 on Wed, Sep 11, 2013, at 1:38 PM

typical teabagger nonsense. what a buffoon

-- Posted by marine70 on Thu, Sep 12, 2013, at 2:34 PM

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