UPDATED: Who the Heck is Grover Norquist and Who the “heck” Cares?



“…By two-to-one (44% to 22%), the public says that raising taxes on incomes above $250,00o would help the economy rather than hurt it, while 24% say this would not make a difference. Moreover, an identical percentage (44%) says a tax increase on higher incomes would make the tax system more fair, while just 21% say it would make the system less fair.

Most Democrats say raising taxes on incomes over $250,000 would help the economy (64%) and make the tax system more fair (65%).  Republicans are more divided: 41% say this would hurt the economy, while 27% say it would help and 24% it would make no difference. And while 36% of Republicans say raising taxes on incomes over $250,000 would make the tax system less fair, 30% say this would make no difference and 25% say it would make the tax system more fair….”

The Atlantic


Who the heck is Grover Norquist and who cares? The other day, George H. W. Bush slammed Grover Norquist, beautifully.

“…PARADE: During your presidency you gave in on your “no new taxes” pledge. You’ve been vindicated in many respects for that decision. I wonder how you view the “no new tax” pledge from Grover Norquist that seems to be requisite for GOP political candidates. GB: The rigidity of those pledges is something I don’t like. The circumstances change and you can’t be wedded to some formula by Grover Norquist. It’s—who the hell is Grover Norquist, anyway?..”.

Over the years, Grover Norquist has terrorized the GOP to the point where they can’t do anything.  He has become a petty little tyrant who is truly hurting the country and the economy.  Kudos to Bush-41 and Tom Coburn!

Think Progress

“…At it’s most basic, this is Grover Norquist’s fault. Congress hasn’t raised marginal income taxes in twenty-one years, since Poppy Bush broke his “Read My Lips, No New Taxes” pledge. At the rate we’re going, we will never raise marginal tax rates again. Normally, raising taxes requires an affirmative act. Congress has to do something. They have vote for tax hikes. But that is not true with the Bush tax cuts. Because Bush didn’t have enough votes to overcome a filibuster against his tax cuts, he passed them using the budget reconciliation rules (with Dick Cheney casting the tie-breaking vote each time). The price of using the budget reconciliation rules is that the tax cuts automatically expire (or sunset) after ten years. Bush’s 2001 tax cuts expired in 2011, but they were extended for two years as part of a deal that extended unemployment benefits, ended Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and allowed the passage of the New START Treaty. The Democrats are willing to let the entire Bush tax cut package expire for two reasons. First, they’ll never be able to reverse the inexorably downward pressure on tax rates for the rich if they rely on actually getting Congress to act. Letting them expire reverses the leverage, requiring an affirmative act to lower the rates. Second, they don’t have to vote for a tax hike. They let them expire due to Republican intransigence, and then they all get to vote for tax cuts for the middle class….”

Norquist, a nasty little well, anyway, said some nasty things about Bush 41.

Think Progress

Tom Coburn jumped to his defense by taking out Norquist in the NY Times.

NY Times

.  Naturally, Norquist had to denigrate Coburn, who is one of the most honorable and honest people in Washington.

“...Norquist told The Hill that the piece is filed with “lies” and said that Coburn is violating, and trying to get colleagues to violate, a pledge they made to voters.

“It is like a couple that is having a fight and one of them tries to drag a third party in. Like the preacher who gave a speech last week against adultery. ‘Hey, this is your fault!’  ‘No, no, no! You promised her you would behave, you didn’t promise me. You explain to her why you get to make decisions on adultery.’ ”

He said that the idea of not raising taxes is what is powerful and pointed out that more GOP candidates have signed the Americans for Tax Reform pledge than ever before. He said that presidential candidate Mitt Romney has fully embraced the pledge as written.

Norquist said the pledge is not open to “interpretation,” as Coburn insinuates, and plainly states that ending tax breaks must be accompanied by equivalent rate reductions.

He also said that Coburn’s claims about his colleagues turning their backs on the pledge are false.

“When Coburn stands up and says, ‘I want to raise taxes,’ he stands alone,” Norquist said. …”