July 1, 2012
I found Dana Milbank's June 24 Sunday Opinion column, "No way, no how, no tax hikes," even more disheartening than many previous articles about the influence of anti-tax activist Grover Norquist, because I had thought that Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) were men of stature and integrity. As Mr. Milbank pointed out, they both backed off considerations of a tax increase after being visited by Mr. Norquist. Common sense and the good of the country apparently take a back seat to the power Mr. Norquist wields over his...
November 24, 2011 |
Democrats are unanimous in charging that the debt-reduction supercommittee collapsed because Republicans refused to raise taxes. Apparently, Republicans are in the thrall of one Grover Norquist, the anti-tax campaigner, whom Sen. John Kerry called "the 13th member of this committee without being there. " Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid helpfully suggested "maybe they should impeach Grover Norquist. " With that, Norquist officially replaces the Koch brothers as the great malevolent manipulator that controls the republic by pulling unseen...
June 11, 2013 |
RICHMOND — Two 20-year veterans of Virginia's House of Delegates lost their seats Tuesday, falling to GOP primary challengers who assailed their support for a tax-heavy transportation funding overhaul . Del. Joe T. May (Loudoun) and Del. Beverly J. Sherwood (Frederick) lost to political newcomers who railed against the transportation plan, which imposes a $1.2-billion-a-year tax increase. But two other incumbent Republicans who had supported the legislation this year — House Speaker William...
November 26, 2012 |
Maybe the fever is breaking. Maybe the delirium is lifting. Maybe Republicans are finally asking themselves: What were we thinking when we put an absurdly unrealistic pledge to a Washington lobbyist ahead of our duty to the American people? I said maybe. So far, the renunciations of Grover Norquist 's " Taxpayer Protection Pledge " amount to a trickle , not a flood. But we're seeing the first signs in years that on the question of taxation — one of the fundamental responsibilities of government...
June 30, 2011 |
At our 25th college reunion in 2003, Grover Norquist — the brain and able spokesman for the radical right — and I, along with other classmates who had been in public or political life, participated in a lively panel discussion about politics. During his presentation, Norquist explained why he believed that there would be a permanent Republican majority in America. One person interrupted, as I recall, and said, "C'mon, Grover, surely one day a Democrat will win the White House.
November 28, 2012 |
Here's the first lesson from the early skirmishing over ways to avoid the fiscal cliff: Democrats and liberals have to stop elevating Grover Norquist , the anti-government crusader who wields his no-tax pledge as a nuclear weapon, into the role of a political Superman. Pretending that Norquist is more powerful than he is allows Republicans to win acclaim they haven't earned yet. Without making a single substantive concession, they get loads of praise just for saying they are willing to ignore those old...