Republican Congressman Says Student Loans A “Slippery Slope” To Holocaust
Maryland Rep. Roscoe Bartlett was answering a question from a constituent about student loans, and said he sees nothing in the Constitution about education.
Though he conceded that giving students loans is “certainly a good idea,” he went on to express consternation at the possibility that doing something that isn’t expressly in the Constitution — such as issuing federal student loans — could lead to genocide.
“If you can ignore the Constitution to do something good today, tomorrow you will be ignoring the Constitution to do something bad,” Barlett said. “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.”
Bartlett subsequently issued an apology:
“While explaining my position on an important Constitutional issue I regrettably used an extreme example as a comparison that was ill-advised and inappropriate. 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.”