Monthly Archives: November 2012

Did Norquist Fail His University Economics Class?

Watch this video for the answer.

He is confusing economics with religion. And he must have never figured out that an individual dollar doesn’t build much of a road, but lots of individual dollars combined can hire lots of workers to build an entire interstate, or a bridge or a dam, or a big wall at the border to try to stop illegal immigration or policemen to keep your communities safe or… It is such a simple concept that everyone understands it. For example, groups of people combine their dollars to buy multiple tickets in order to increase their chance of winning. Poor Norquist. Maybe his problem is that he just isn’t smart enough to understand complicated ideas.

And the point I try to make regularly is that Norquist has the right to his beliefs and to argue them publicly. He does not have the right to dictate policy to our elected leaders based on his own personal beliefs.


Republican Pundit Reveals Truth of Norquist’s Hold Over GOP

Neil McCabe, Sr. Reporter for Human Events, the website for “Powerful Conservative Voices, told Thom Hartmann about this week’s meeting that Grover Norquist holds for Republicans. After reading these revelations from McCabe, tell me again how it isn’t Norquist who our GOP leaders are making their pledge to.

Thom Hartmann Show 11/28

Hartmann: “A number of Republicans have come forward to disavow Grover Norquist’s pledge to never raise taxes: (R) Senator Bob Corker, (R) Senator Lindsey Graham, Saxby Chambliss, and yesterday, (R) Representative Tom Cole called on his fellow Republicans to take the President’s deal and extend the tax cuts for 98% of Americans, letting the expire for the top 2%. Neil, you had breakfast today with Grover Norquist…was everybody still kissing his ring or other parts of him?”

Neil McCabe: “The place was packed today. And, in fact, a representative from Boehner’s office, this is off the record, so I may be violating a confidence, but uh, a representative from Boehner’s office was there to, uh, express their support, and he also mentioned that Congressman Cole had been shut down, face to face, by Boehner himself, and told this is not moving forward.”

Hartmann: “I predicted that.”

McCabe: “Chambliss, of course, called, as I wrote on, Chambliss called Groer Norquist to apologize and say that he was confused…So, I think what is going to happen, is that people get twisted up, there is a great fever to try to get people to “defect.” Chuck Schumer put out a press release based on his floor remarks in the Senate yesterday, saying that certain Republicans want a divorce from Grover Norquist. I will tell you no such divorce is happening.”

You can watch the exchange here. It begins at about 15 minutes.

Norquist In The News Today

It looks like Norquist doesn’t even want the loopholes closed.

One of the proposals floated as a compromise involves ending some tax deductions for the wealthy, which would leave their 35 percent marginal tax rate unchanged, but effectively raise taxes anyway.

Norquist said that would violate his pledge, and added that Republicans who were talking about such deals — on the grounds that they will get reforms to entitlement programs and the tax system in return — are essentially living in a fantasy world.


And here is a good reason why this man’s influence must be stopped. He’s willing to put the economy at risk to play politics.

He [Norquist] did say that Republicans shouldn’t forget they have leverage in their negotiations with Obama: they can threaten not to raise the debt limit.

“They can give him debt ceiling increases once a month,” Norquist said.

Of course, when Republicans refused to increase the debt ceiling in 2011 without tying it to spending cuts, congressional fighting on the matter cost the U.S. economy $1.3 billion.

And here is the best for last. He’s equating raising taxes with murder.

“I’m not planning on losing the tax debate we’re having right now. But the tax issue will be more powerful in 2014 and ’16 than today,” he said at a breakfast hosted by Politico, predicting that even a loss could favor the GOP in the future if they remained steadfast against tax increases. “If the Republicans lose in such a way that they have their fingerprints on the murder weapon, then you have a problem.”


Norquist Likes Reading About Himself

I hope Norquist’s library provides him lots of memories of his glory days once his influence is stopped. I hope he reads this blog and others like it, and smirks with self confidence that little people like me, a simple housewife with a blog, can’t possibly have any impact in taking down a lobbying giant. I hope that smirk is slowly but surely wiped off his face as he watches Republicans who care more about the country than Norquist’s threats renounce him. I hope.

Norquist likes reading about himself. In his headquarters’ library, opposite the 100-plus copies of his own book (“Leave Us Alone: Getting the Government’s Hands Off Our Money, Our Guns, Our Lives”), are shelves reserved for tomes in which he is quoted. A hallway is lined with framed newspaper and magazine stories about him. One is in Japanese. In his executive office, decorated with a green lava lamp, a Janis Joplin poster (“a high point of Western civilization,” he said) and stuffed “Sesame Street” Grover dolls, another floor-to-ceiling bookcase holds titles including a 1994 comic book called “Taxpayers’ Tea Party” in which he is depicted. He plucked a copy of Ralph Nader’s“Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us” out of the stacks, because, he said, “I’m a major character in it.” The green tags on the pages, he explained, mark every time his persona appears.

Is Norquist An Enemy Of The State?

Thom Hartmann ponders:

So, how is it possible that, when the Constitution explicitly says that one of the specific jobs of Congress is to “lay and collect taxes,” and the oath they take explicitly says that they take will do so “without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion,” that a member of Congress could possibly swear an oath to a multimillionaire K-Street lobbyist to refuse to perform one of their Constitutional duties?

Lindsey Graham Sends Mixed Messages

Graham isn’t ready yet to put every option on the table, but this is a start at least.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said he opposes raising income tax rates, but that he is open to increasing tax revenue by reducing the availability of deductions for things like charitable giving and mortgage interest. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) also said Sunday that he would support limiting deductions.

Doing so would violate Grover Norquist’s “Taxpayer Protection Pledge,” which both men have signed (as have most Republicans in Congress). Under the pledge, “candidates and incumbents solemnly bind themselves to oppose any and all tax increases,” according to the Americans for Tax Reform site.

“When you’re $16 trillion in debt, the only pledge we should be making to each other is to avoid becoming Greece, and Republicans — Republicans should put revenue on the table,” Graham said on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” “We’re this far in debt. We don’t generate enough revenue. Capping deductions will help generate revenue. Raising tax rates will hurt job creation.

Republican Saxby Chambliss Criticizes Norquist’s Pledge

There isn’t much that Saxby Chambliss and I have in common, but we found one!

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) unloaded on anti-tax activist Grover Norquist and his “no new taxes” pledge this week, saying that it has impeded meaningful progress toward finding additional revenue and a path away from the fiscal cliff.

“I care too much about my country — I care a lot more about it than I do about Grover Norquist,” Chambliss told Georgia’s WMAZ in acknowledging that he could face repercussions from Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform. “Norquist has no plan to pay this debt down. His plan says you continue to add to the debt, and I just have a fundamental disagreement about that and I’m willing to do the right thing and let the political consequences take care of themselves.”