“Hitler said that the bigger the lie that you tell, the more easily it’s believed,” Miller (D-Calvert) told a group of reporters Friday afternoon. “I’m certainly not equating anyone with Adolf Hitler, but this 48 tax increases over the past eight years is total . . .”
He then uttered a word to describe what one might find in a horse stable.
Miller told reporters that by his count, there were four major tax hikes from 2006 to 2014. He said he is proud to have voted for each of them, including increased taxes on gas and alcohol and a one percentage point increase in the sales tax.
While campaigning for governor last year, Hogan (R) repeatedly hammered then-Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) for increasing taxes and fees at least 40 times during his two terms in office.
Hogan’s list includes several items that are not officially considered taxes — such as increasing the cost of a birth certificate from $12 to $24 in 2011 and raising bridge tolls — much to the annoyance of Democrats.
Doug Mayer, a Hogan spokesman, said Friday that such increases are “nothing to be proud of and one of the major reasons our state continues to struggle economically.”
He also responded to Miller’s comments by saying, “A lot of people think if you have to play the ‘Hitler card’ in order to make your case, you probably need a better argument.”
In a statement later in the day, Miller reiterated that he “was not equating the Governor with Hitler.”
“The purpose of my comment was to simply illustrate the absurdities of the attacks on Maryland’s economy,” Miller said. “I truly apologize to anybody who was offended by my comments.”
Mayer said: “There is never a dull moment with Senate President Miller in the State House.”