Jewish Journal

Some of GOP’s favorite penny pinchers are Jewish

by Brad A. Greenberg

October 20, 2009 | 1:23 pm

Nazi propaganda

Two Southern Carolina GOP leaders have really stepped into it with their defense of Republican Sen. Jim DeMint:

After a Democratic state senator wrote in The State that DeMint didn’t bring enough money back home, Bamberg County GOP Chairman Edwin Merwin and Orangeburg County GOP Chairman James Ulmer responded that he was just looking after the nation’s pennies—like a Jew would.

“There is a saying that the Jews who are wealthy got that way not by watching dollars, but instead by taking care of the pennies and the dollars taking care of themselves,” Ulmer and Merwin wrote in a joint letter published by The Times and Democrat. “By not using earmarks to fund projects for South Carolina and instead using actual bills, DeMint is watching our nation’s pennies and trying to preserve our country’s wealth and our economy’s viability to give all an opportunity to succeed.”

Merwin and Ulmer’s op-ed in the Times and Democrat can be read here.

In case you need a refresher, Jews have good reason to be a bit sensitive about financial stereotypes.

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