I don’t usually call people names on this site but today I’m going to make an exeption.
Grover Norquist is a toad.
A right-wing wacko so far out on the fringes that if he takes one more step he’ll fall off the Cliffs of Sanity into the Void, Grover has been a GOP political op since his college days. He has never–NEVER–had a real job, never had to face any form of observable reality, never had to demonstrate that any of his loopy theories have even the most marginal real-world validity, and never to my knowledge said one thing that didn’t add evidence for the view that he’s clinically crazy as a bedbug.
- “We will hunt [these liberal groups] down one by one and extinguish their funding sources.# My goal is to cut government in half in twenty-five years, to get it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.”
- “I want to reduce the size of government in half as a percentage of GNP [gross national product] over the next 25 years. We want to reduce the number of people depending on government so there is more autonomy and more free citizens.”
- “Every time you cut programs, you take away a person who has a vested interest in high taxes and you put him on the tax rolls and make him a taxpayer. A farmer on subsidies is part welfare bum, whereas a free-market farmer is a small businessman with a gun.”
- “In the old days, George Wallace stood in the schoolhouse doorway and told children they could not come in. Today, the foes of school choice stand in the doorway and say to the grandchildren of George Wallace’s victims, ‘You cannot get out.'”
He is an extremist’s extremist, a radical conservative’s idea of radical. He has close ties to questionable Islamic groups (much of the funding for his private ‘coalition’, Americans for Tax reform, comes from rich Saudis heavily connected to the Royal Family), and he has compared the so-called ‘death tax’ with the Holocaust:
Terry Gross: Right. OK. So when you cross that, maybe you’re making, like, $20,000 or something. That’s not going to help you with the estate tax. I mean, you’re talking about $2 million. That’s a line people don’t cross a lot. That’s — I don’t think that’s …
Grover Norquist: Yeah, the good news about the move to abolish the death tax, the tax where they come and look at how much money you’ve got when you die, how much gold is in your teeth and they want half of it, is that — you’re right, there’s an exemption for — I don’t know — maybe a million dollars now, and it’s scheduled to go up a little bit. However, 70 percent of the American people want to abolish that tax. Congress, the House and Senate, have three times voted to abolish it. The president supports abolishing it, so that tax is going to be abolished. I think it speaks very much to the health of the nation that 70-plus percent of Americans want to abolish the death tax, because they see it as fundamentally unjust. The argument that some who played at the politics of hate and envy and class division will say, ‘Yes, well, that’s only 2 percent,’ or as people get richer 5 percent in the near future of Americans likely to have to pay that tax.
I mean, that’s the morality of the Holocaust. ‘Well, it’s only a small percentage,’ you know. ‘I mean, it’s not you, it’s somebody else.’
This dweeb is so far out in space that he makes the Andromeda Galaxy look like it’s just across the street and a block down, yet he is one of the most powerful men in Washington. Junior consulted him before the stem cell decision, the change he was proposing in the immigration law, and implementation of the ‘faith-based’ initiative; his K Group on K Street is the main conduit for corporate lobbyists who want favors from the BA and where Grover personally warns them that if they contribute to Democrats he–he–will shut off their access to the WH; and he is President of something called The Ronald Reagan Legacy Project which is dedicated solely to naming every public institution and/or landmark in the country after Reagan.
Now he wants the Pentagon renamed and Reagan’s face on some kind of currency. He’s got a bunch of tame House and Senate Pubs lined up with proposals.
The effort to put Reagan on currency has been promoted by the Ronald Reagan Legacy Project, headed by Grover Norquist, a leading tax-cut advocate and president of Americans for Tax Reform. In addition to a proposal by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to put Reagan on the $10 bill, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) has proposed such a tribute on the $20 bill, and Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) has proposed putting Reagan on the 50-cent piece.
The most egregious of these attempts at grafting the Reagan brand into the public mind like Pepsi or Wal-Mart is Bill Frist’s proposal to change the name of the Pentagon. Sen John Warner, a moderate Pub, put his finger on the little problem to which Bill and Grover are oblivious when he said that ‘a proposal made years ago to name the Pentagon after President Eisenhower was rejected because it was felt that the building stands as “a symbol of the bipartisanship” that is needed in defending the country.’ But then Grover’s the guy who called ‘bipartisanship’ a dirty word and equated it with terrorism.
I’m up to my eyeballs with Grover Norquist’s shenanigans.