Shared Hatred of Nazis Finally Unites Democrats and Republicans

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BERLIN - OCTOBER 13:  Uniforms of Nazi criminal Adolf Hitler and his regime are pictured during a press preview of 'Hitler and the Germans Nation and Crime' (Hitler und die Deutschen Volksgemeinschaft und Verbrechen) at Deutsches Historisches Museum (German Historical Museum) on October 13, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. The exhibition seeks to answer the question of why so many Germans chose to follow Hitler and his fascist ideology and so devotedly despite the horrors of World War II and the Holocaust. The exhibition will be open to the public from October 15 until February 6, 2011.  (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Photo: Andreas Rentz/2010 Getty Images

The two parties in Washington have found something they agree on: Nazi war criminals should not be collecting Social Security. An Associated Press investigation in October found that many Nazis who immigrated to the United States after World War II were allowed to keep their Social Security benefits if they left voluntarily rather than undergoing a lengthy deportation process. Over the years, they collected millions in benefits.

Amazingly, the report spurred Congress into action. On Tuesday the House unanimously passed the No Social Security for Nazis Act, which aims to close a loophole that allowed four alleged Nazis living in Europe to continue receiving payments from the U.S. government. An identical bill has been introduced in the Senate, and it should be on the president’s desk by the end of the year.

Democratic representative Carolyn Maloney of New York suggests we shouldn’t be impressed. “If we can’t agree on this, my goodness what can we agree on?” she told CNN. It’s a fair point, but Congress has done a good job of lowering expectations.