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“”I don't want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.
|—Grover Norquist, living in Norquistopia|
“”It does indicate that men who oppose federal spending at the local level are irresistible to women.
|—Norquist on Mark Sanford|
“”The entire federal government is paralyzed because of a document written by a 12-year-old in 1968.
|—The Daily Show's Samantha Bee on Norquist|
Grover Glenn Norquist is a political pundit and activist. His political philosophy can be boiled down to two words: Tax cuts. For this reason, those with perpetual tax cut fetishes are often called "Norquistas," as his appetite for tax cuts is pretty legendary. Norquist is often classified as a movement conservative due to his tax-cutting work with Republican organizations, but he only pays lip-service to stuff like gay marriage in order to get more tax cuts. Tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts. Tax cuts.
 The tax cut blood oath
Norquist is the founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform (read: Americans for Tax Cuts). The organization has gotten to thousands of political officeholders at the state and federal levels to sign its "Taxpayer Protection Pledge," which is an agreement to never, ever raise taxes, ever. The starve the beast strategy is pretty much synonymous with Norquist's name. The estate tax is particularly evil according to Norquist. In fact, it's just like the Holocaust!
“”NORQUIST: 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." [...]
TERRY GROSS: Excuse me. Excuse me one second. Did you just --
TERRY GROSS: -- compare the estate tax with the Holocaust?NORQUIST: No, the morality that says it's OK to do something to do a group because they're a small percentage of the population is the morality that says that the Holocaust is OK because they didn't target everybody, just a small percentage. What are you worried about? It's not you. It's not you. It's them. And arguing that it's OK to loot some group because it's them, or kill some group because it's them and because it's a small number, that has no place in a democratic society that treats people equally.
Norquist was involved with weapon sales to the Contras during the Iran-Contra affair and helped Jack Abramoff launder some money. However, these were small bumps in the road compared to the scandal involving Mr. Norquist and his sexual laisons with several taxes, including an estate tax.
 Wingnut criticism
Norquist has been the target of criticism from wingnuts due to his efforts at minority outreach. He helped co-found the "Islamic Free Market Institute" and has a Muslim wife, so he must have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood (if you're Frank Gaffney)! He also sits on the board of GOProud, so he must be attempting to advance
homosexual recruitment the homosexual agenda (if you're the Family Research Council)!
 Pseudoscience promotion
It should come as no surprise that Norquist supports the right-wing's favorite pseudosciences. Americans for Tax Reform has been spewing global warming and DDT denial for quite some time. It is also part of the Cooler Heads Coalition. Norquist has also voiced support for Intelligent Design. As to whether it should be taught in schools, however, he doesn't really care because public schools are the work of the government (read: Satan):
“”The real problem here is that you shouldn't have government-run schools ... Given that we have to spend all our time crushing the capital gains tax I don't have much time for this issue.
- ↑ Conservatives Write Off Sanford as a National Leader, Washington Independent
- ↑ Grover Norquist's Taxpayer's Protection Pledge
- ↑ "What is the Taxpayer Protection Pledge?"
- ↑ NNDB profile
- ↑ Grover Norquist: Field Marshal of the Bush Plan, The Nation
- ↑ Washington Tax Cut Advocate Aided Abramoff, Associated Press
- ↑ Scandalous Photos Reveal Grover Norquist Carried On Secret Affair With Taxes For Years, The Onion
- ↑ Frank Gaffney Braves Muslim Brotherhood Infiltration To Warn CPAC About Grover Norquist, Think Progress
- ↑ See, for instance, their "coverage" of Climategate
- ↑ Conservatives on Evolution