In his own words, according to his website Americans For Tax Reform, Norquist is “president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a taxpayer advocacy group he founded in 1985 at President Reagan’s request.
Translation: Taxpayer advocacy group equals lobbyist. As a conservative activist, Norquist lobbies to “limit the size and cost of government and opposes higher taxes at the federal, state, and local levels.” He also “supports tax reform that moves towards taxing consumed income one time at one rate.”
Norquist’s most famous quote: “I’m not in favor of abolishing the government. I just want to shrink it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.”
There is no question that Norquist has the right to lobby for tax reform. And his ideas should be openly and honestly debated should we ever have a discussion about tax reform. But why should our elected leaders be signing pledges to a lobbyist?