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Democratic senator: 'Irresponsible and shocking' to compare attacks on income inequality to Nazis

(CNN) - Aides to President Barack Obama have been previewing what to expect from the President during tomorrow's State of the Union, highlighting a push on income inequality, and fighting discrimination against the long-term unemployed.

In what appeared to be a preemptive rebuttal to the speech, a venture capitalist compared taxation and higher taxes on the rich, to the Holocaust in a letter to the editor of "The Wall Street Journal."

"I would call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany to its war on its "one percent," namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the "rich,"" wrote venture capitalist Tom Perkins.

"I just find that so irresponsible and really, really shocking," Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

"There's a serious issue in the United States with such a gulf between the very rich and the very poor," said Baldwin. "What we need to do as a nation is focus on a fair economy, one in which, if you work hard and play by the rules, you can get ahead. And if we don't acknowledge that that's not happening right now, and that we must do something about it, we're doing that to our own detriment and to the detriment of the very American dream that we all cherish."

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