Who is Grover Norquist and why am I blindly following him?
I have to admit that I find this one of the most laughable things to come out of this election cycle so far. The idea that Grover Norquist is some sort of Karl Rove, Machiavelli, and Khan Noonien Singh wrapped into one and is secretly (although every Dem knows it) telling all Republicans what to do while most Republicans have never even heard of him so laughable as to make me cry.
Norquist, the head of Americans for Tax Reform, is being blamed by every Democrat that can get to a microphone (not easy with Chuck Schumer around) for the failure of the super-committee. See, Republicans members of the committee that was supposed to cut spending, refused to raise taxes, even though they did agree to raise taxes.
Yes, the very same super-committee that everyone knew was doomed to failure from the day it was conceived.
But its Grover Norquist’s fault. Republicans need only have raised taxes, the line goes, and the world would be fixed. Except the Republicans agreed to raise taxes, billions of dollars in taxes, they just didn’t agree to raise rates. Krauthammer says:
Nice theory. Except for the following facts:
●Sen. Tom Coburn last year signed on to the Simpson-Bowles tax reform that would have increased tax revenue by $1 trillion over a decade.
●During the debt-ceiling talks, House Speaker John Boehner agreed to an $800 billion revenue increase as part of a Grand Bargain.
●Supercommittee member Pat Toomey, a Club for Growth Republican, proposed increasing tax revenue by $300 billion as part of $1.2 trillion in debt reduction.
For a guy controlling the Republican party, he kinda sucks at it. Republicans are falling all over themselves to raise “revenues” (formerly known as taxes) and our leading front-runner candidates are Romney and Gingrich.
Boy, I wish we had a real Grover Norquist instead of this fake one.
November 25, 2011 at 3:38 pm
November 25, 2011 at 8:50 pm
Don't pay any attention to the man behind the curtain…
November 26, 2011 at 10:54 pm
We may not be paying attention to Norquist (to the satisfaction of representatives that are SUPPOSED to be representing US) but the politicians he is funding are paying close attention to him and the pledge to him that they signed. Indefensible. It's that simple.
November 28, 2011 at 4:33 am
Raising revenue does not necessarily mean raising taxes. I believe Ronald Reagan sufficiently proved that point.