November 28, 2012 |
Ayatollahs seem to just appoint themselves and then start enforcing their own brand of orthodoxy. Grover Norquist has been doing that in the Republican Party for years. Norquist has never been elected to anything. Nobody ever said he should be in charge of the GOP's true religion (although he claims Pres. Ronald Reagan urged him to found his lobbying group, Americans for Tax Reform). But he certainly has been the Republicans' key political theologian who made opposition to tax increases the party's central tenet for more than 25 years.
November 21, 2012 |
Grover Norquist is losing his grip. It once seemed as if Washington's most powerful anti-tax crusader had the Republican Party firmly in hand. Signing Norquist's public pledge not to raise taxes was almost mandatory in GOP politics. Nine of the 10 candidates initially vying for the Republican presidential nomination, including Mitt Romney, signed on, as did candidates for local, state and national office. Some of them even signed Norquist's vow in public ceremonies, then gave him the originals to store in the vault of his group, Americans for Tax Freedom.
November 24, 2012
Re "Grover Norquist's tough year," Opinion, Nov. 21 One thing to add to Doyle McManus' excellent piece on Republicans in Congress finally turning away from the Grover Norquist pledge never to increase taxes: Norquist has been clear about his reason for demanding that promise. He's on record advocating lowering tax revenue to, in his words, "reduce [government] to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub. " In 1949, 11 members of the American Communist Party were tried in New York City, not for a specific plan to overthrow the U.S. government by force but for a "philosophy" of violently overthrowing governments.
October 31, 2012
Re "CEOs to D.C.: Get serious," Editorial, Oct. 26 I have a modest proposal to help the country avoid the fiscal cliff. Echoing Ronald Reagan's call to Mikhail Gorbachev: "Tear up the pledge, Grover Norquist, tear up the pledge. The world has changed. America is in financial trouble. Release the members of the Republican Congress who are handcuffed by their commitment to you. Free them to think for themselves and act for themselves. " Keith Johnson Studio City ALSO: Letters: Our relic zoo Letters: Shamed by Zillow Letters: Spenders by habit
May 24, 2012
Re "GOP hopefuls could sidestep tax orthodoxy," May 19 Hooray for the candidates who are willing to stand up to Grover Norquist by refusing to sign his anti-tax pledge. We need more brave souls in the GOP who want to compromise rather than obstruct. As for those Republicans who have already signed the pledge to never vote for tax increases, I challenge you to do your part: refuse to take a government salary, benefits or use expense accounts. Doing so won't cost voters anything if you support a tax increase because you can say you eliminated an expense.
November 3, 2011 |
He's been called a powerbroker, a bogeyman and a puppet master, but it's not often anti-tax activist Grover Norquist is characterized as just an ordinary guy. House Speaker John Boehner did just that at his weekly news conference this morning. Asked whether he thought Norquist, who keeps nearly all Republicans to a pledge never to raise taxes, was a good influence on the party, Boehner didn't acknowledge that Norquist had any influence. "It's not often I'm asked about some random person in America and what I think," Boehner told reporters.
August 12, 2012
Re "Tax-free Olympic glory?," Editorial, Aug. 9 What's so wrong with allowing Olympic-medal-winning athletes to receive their nominal honorariums tax-free from the U.S. Olympic Committee? Your comparison of the athletes with public service employees such as firefighters is an apples-and-oranges one. Being an Olympian is an opportunity to represent your country; the other is a professional career. You write that any decent accountant could reduce an athlete's tax liability to practically nothing - so why not just give the athletes a break from our complicated tax code?
June 25, 2006 |
In Jack Abramoff's world, prominent Washington tax-cut advocate Grover Norquist was a welcome conduit. Moving money from a casino-operating Indian tribe to Ralph Reed, the Christian Coalition founder and a gambling opponent, was a problem. So lobbyist Abramoff apparently turned to longtime friend Norquist to provide a buffer for Reed.
April 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama's proposal to trim Social Security's cost-of-living adjustments has sparked not only Democratic outrage, but Republican confusion. In the days since Obama put the idea in his 2014 budget, Republicans' reactions have included support, opposition and refusal to commit. The proposal was once a mainstay of the GOP's deficit-reduction overtures to the White House. House Speaker John A. Boehner said Thursday that the idea, the so-called chained Consumer Price Index, “is the least we must do to begin to solve the problems in Social Security.” DOCUMENT: President Obama's 2014 budget But the chairman of the House Republican Congressional Committee, who is trying to preserve the party's majority in the House in the next election, called it a “shocking attack on seniors.” “You're trying to balance this budget on the backs of seniors and I just think it's not the right way to go,” Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon told CNN. That potentially off-message comment provoked swift rebuke from the powerful Club for Growth, the conservative advocacy group that supports the measure as a starting point for reining in spending on government entitlement programs.