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Forum Post: Does anyone see the irony in Grover Norquist and the organization he heads up??

Posted 12 years ago on Nov. 25, 2011, 4:52 p.m. EST by Toynbee (656) from Savannah, GA
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  • Norquist has publicly stated on many occasions that he and his organization are bent on Shrinking Government to the Size where it can be Drowned in a Bathtub

  • Norquist and his organization get millions of dollars a year from a narrow group of wealthy donors

  • Norquist's organization is a 501 tax-exempt.

  • Oh the irony.



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[-] 1 points by LSN45 (535) 12 years ago

Norquist is a perfect example of the disproportionate influence some groups have on our political process. For the sake our our children and future generations of Americans, we need to take back our democracy from the rich and powerful who are using their vast sums of money to "speak" as if they represent millions of Americans. They are twisting our laws and manipulating our policies in their favor at the expense of the average American. The $50 or $100 a normal American may give to a political campaign becomes meaningless when corporations or other special interests are handing our millions to buy political access to the decision making process. Here's my 2 cents on what we need to do:

For decades now the corporations and special interests have had our "representatives" bought and paid for (both on the right and the left). Don't get distracted by the symptoms - we need to address the root cause. Concentrating our efforts on getting the money out of our politics is the best way we can create an environment in which further reforms can be realized. Until we end the current system of legalized bribery (campaign donations) and paid lobbying our politicians will continue to be the LAP DOGS of the corporations and special interests. What we need first and foremost is real, loop-hole free CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM!!!! If the corruption is not dealt with first, the chance of any other meaningful reforms becoming a reality is almost zero - the special interests will just use their money to buy votes and put forward bills that create loop-holes or otherwise twist the law in their favor. If we want our children to live in a country where there vote matters, we need to get the money out of our politics, otherwise they will increasingly become the 21st century version of the "landless peasant." Spread the word - End the LEGALIZED BRIBERY!!! CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM needs to be THE main goal of the protests!!!

[-] 1 points by Toynbee (656) from Savannah, GA 12 years ago

*Bravo! Well said.

  • Norquist's tax-exempt organization has made him a pile of money railing against taxes.

  • Why doesn't he rail against the hikes in gasoline?

  • Why doesn't he rail against the military industrial complex, wars of choice by George Bush? The Iraq war alone sunk America financially. Yet he kept his fat yap shut while Bush was selling the war-of-choice to Amercans. Where were the WMD/s?

  • Norquist is a pimp and shill. Period.

  • LSN45 is correct. Campaign finance reform.

  • End the revolving doors of Congress too!

  • Start an independent ethics commission to police all 3 branches of government.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 12 years ago

"Mr. Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a taxpayer advocacy group he founded in 1985 at President Reagan’s request. ATR is a coalition of taxpayer groups, individuals and businesses opposed to higher taxes at the federal, state and local levels. ATR organizes the TAXPAYER PROTECTION PLEDGE, which asks all candidates for federal and state office to commit themselves in writing to oppose all tax increases. In the 112th Congress, 238 House members and 41 Senators have taken the pledge.

Read more: http://www.atr.org/about-grover#ixzz1ekzJJzAm

Is it ironic that the group is tax exempt ?

[-] 1 points by Toynbee (656) from Savannah, GA 12 years ago
  • Norquist is a shill for a group that wants to demolish -- i.e. shrink to the size you can drown in a bathtub -- America.

  • Norquist is not a patriot. He is an opportunist who has made an extremely handsome living pimping for the wealthiest 1%.

  • Norquist has utter contempt for the middle class. If he did not, he would not be pushing more of the cost of government onto the shoulders of the middle class.

  • A pimp is a pimp.