Not an economics post, but I cannot resist.
An Illinois congressman compared town hall meetings, which for many Republicans have turned into raucous affairs, to the practice of “cleansing” by “Orientals.”
Republican Rep. Mike Bost made the assertion during a meeting with the editorial board of the Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale.
“You know the cleansing that the Orientals used to do where you’d put one person out in front and 900 people yell at them? That’s not what we need. We need to have meetings with people that are productive.”
If the congressman had a better understanding of history, he would know that Mao era self-criticism sessions are actually successors to the struggle sessions of 1920’s Soviet Union. Hence, the more appropriate reference would have been to “…cleansing that the Russian Occidentals used to do…” For some reason, he chose not to.