Grover Norquist
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Grover Norquist
Grover Glenn Norquist is an Ameri I AM A FREAK,! can lobbyist, conservative activist, and founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
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HUFFPOST HILL - Je Suis Bowling Green
Huffington Post - 20 days
Like what you read below? Sign up for HUFFPOST HILL and get a cheeky dose of political news every evening! Congressional offices continue to be bombarded with phone calls from angry constituents, putting lawmakers on notice about supporting President Trump and forcing countless staff assistants to eat yogurt at their desks for lunch for two weeks straight. Kellyanne Conway tried to politicize the “Bowling Green massacre,” which isn’t actually a thing ― a major insult to the victims of real tragedies, like the River of Blood. And the Super Bowl is this weekend, that time when we’re reminded that we deserve Trump because ad firms have compelling data suggesting 30-second clips of service members being reunited with their children will make you want to take out a policy with Nationwide. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Friday, February 3rd, 2017:   HUDDLED MASSES UPDATE - This ends with yet another adorable photo-op involving Justin Trudeau welcoming people to Canada. Elise Foley: “The ...
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Republicans Eye 'Once In A Generation' Chance At Tax Overhaul - NPR
Google News - about 1 month
NPR Republicans Eye 'Once In A Generation' Chance At Tax Overhaul NPR With so much focus in the early days of the Trump administration centered on GOP plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, it's easy to forget that Republicans are planning another ambitious goal this year — overhauling the entire federal ... The 'border adjustment tax' idea just gained a very powerful supporterCNBC US Republican ties lower business tax rate to border adjustmentThe Fiscal Times Grover Norquist blesses GOP tax plan with border adjustmentWashington Examiner (blog) Bloomberg all 20 news articles »
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Ted Cruz vs. The Muslim Brotherhood Boogeyman
Huffington Post - about 1 month
A bill introduced this week by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) calls on the U.S. State Department to determine whether the Muslim Brotherhood is a foreign terrorist organization. Advocates for American Muslims suspect a darker purpose ― to smear and potentially prosecute American Muslim advocacy groups, a move that could prove disastrous for the civil rights of Muslims in this country. Cruz and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) introduced the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act in both chambers of Congress on Tuesday. In a press release, Cruz said that the brotherhood espouses “a violent Islamist ideology with a mission of destroying the West” and that formally designating them a terror group would “enable the U.S. to take action that could stifle the funding they receive to promote their terrorist activities.” It’s the fifth time members of the Senate and House, urged on by a multimillion-dollar network of anti-Muslim groups, have attempted to label the Muslim Brotherhood a terro ...
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Grover Norquist: Why the repeal of ObamaCare means a giant tax cut for the middle class
Fox News - about 2 months
By passing legislation repealing ObamaCare through budget reconciliation, lawmakers have an opportunity to remove nearly 20 taxes which will save taxpayers more than one trillion dollars over the next decade.
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When They Go Low, We Go Lower
Huffington Post - 3 months
During the Democratic National Convention last summer, the First Lady, Michelle Obama, gave a rousing speech. Her most memorable line was, "When they go low, we go high," and it became an unofficial anthem of the Clinton campaign. With all due respect to the First Lady, while that may very well have been appropriate for the Convention, it no longer is. The campaign is over, and the worst has happened. Now, when they go low (and they do so every day), we must go lower. We fight them with everything we've got. Americans love a fighter, so let's give them a fight. The last time Americans' challenged a fascist power - actually, two - was during World War II. We didn't win it by going higher, except to keep the Allied bombers above the range of the German anti-aircraft guns. We did what needed to be done, raining devastation down on the German and Japanese homelands. FDR and Churchill knew what it would take to defeat fascism - utter destruction and unconditional surrender. Today th ...
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Will Congress Provide A Check On Trump's Power? Don't Bet On It.
Huffington Post - 3 months
When President-elect Donald Trump ascends to the Oval Office on Inauguration Day, one of the institutions that can serve as a check on his executive power will be the United States Congress. And although Senate Democrats will likely have some leverage in the form of the filibuster, that Congress will, for the near future, be controlled by the GOP. So a good question to ask right now is, “Will Congressional Republicans provide that vital check on potential misrule?” To save everyone some time, I’ll spoil the ending: no. I mean, possibly yes, but probably no. During the primary season, prominent Republicans managed to talk a good game against Trump, in many instances correctly describing him as a liar and a scam artist. And prominent members of the conservative thought-leader set contributed to the cause, identifying Trump ― again, accurately ― as a corrupt, kleptocratic strongman in the making, someone who threatened to degrade important institutions within our democracy. But ...
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Conservatives have concerns about Sessions as Trump's attorney general
Yahoo News - 3 months
By Julia Edwards Ainsley and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump on Friday named his earliest and staunchest supporter in the Senate, conservative Republican Jeff Sessions, to become the next U.S. attorney general, triggering an outcry from civil rights groups as well as some conservatives outside Congress who are uneasy about Sessions' positions. If approved for the job by a simple majority in the Republican-dominated Senate, Sessions, 69, would lead the Justice Department and the FBI. Ana Navarro, a Republican strategist and Trump critic, said on Twitter, "Jeff Sessions, considered too racist to be a judge in the '80s, is Trump's AG." Holly Harris, executive director of U.S. Justice Action Network, a sentencing reform advocacy group that includes powerful conservative tax reform lobbyist Grover Norquist, said Sessions' nomination "obviously presents a challenge." Sessions has opposed lowering mandatory minimum sentences for low-level offenders.
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Education Reform Is Drowning America's Children in a Bathtub
Huffington Post - 3 months
I suspect you've heard the definition of chutzpah - the child who kills his parents and then throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan. Saturday, November 12th, a New York Times editorial bemoaned the steady decline in school funding across America. Politicians and voters often say they want better schools, but that doesn't mean they're willing to pay for them. Voters this week largely rejected attempts to increase school spending through ballot initiatives. Inadequate school spending over prolonged periods will leave many students behind, especially low-income children. The New York Times has a lot of chutzpah. The Times, like most major newspapers in America, has been deeply complicit in a Grover Norquist-like plan to shrink public education and then drown it in the bathtub. It's a twisted take on chutzpah, where this time the parents drown their children in a bathtub and throw themselves on the mercy of the court because they are bereft. I ...
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Donald Trump's Campaign Triggered Memories Of Sexual Assault For NPR Star Diane Rehm
Huffington Post - 4 months
WASHINGTON ― For millions of people across the country who’ve been victims of sexual assault, the presidential election became unusually personal in the past several weeks, as Republican nominee Donald J. Trump bragged about his ability to grope women without their consent. That boast was followed by at least a dozen women coming forward to say Trump had acted toward them in the way he described in leaked audio. The episode, said NPR talk-show host Diane Rehm, triggered memories of her own assault as a child, she told The Huffington Post in an interview. Rehm said she chose not to share her story on “The Diane Rehm Show” in the context of Trump’s remarks because she’d talked about it for a 1999 profile in The Washington Post, and had also written about it. “People have known about it, and what happened to me is in no way in comparison to what happened to these young women as they’ve been forced against their will to be manhandled by him,” said Rehm. At the age of 9, Rehm me ...
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Norquist: Trump still hasn't signed tax pledge
CNN - 5 months
With less than a month until election day, Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist said Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has yet to sign on to his signature pledge to never raise taxes.
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Watch: Experts Debate Best Approach to Economy Following Poor Job Numbers
ABC News - 9 months
With the economy sending mixed signals, which candidate has the right approach? Paul Krugman and Grover Norquist debate the answer.
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David Brooks Is Wrong Again -- Trump's Rise Is Not 'Anti-Politics' but the Cancer of Big Money
Huffington Post - 12 months
In his latest column, "The Governing Cancer of Our Times," New York Times conservative columnist David Brooks tries to explain Donald Trump's rise as a presidential candidate. The cancer Brooks refers to is not Trump himself but what he calls "anti-politics." Brooks didn't invent this term but he uses it to advance ideas he's been pushing for many years, and some of those ideas have merit. Brooks observes that in a diverse society, "[t]here are essentially two ways to maintain order and get things done in such a society -- politics or some form of dictatorship. Either through compromise or brute force." Politics, he correctly points out, involves compromise among interests that respect each other's right to exist and agree to play by the same rules. It involves debate and dialogue. Brooks laments that in American politics, we no longer seem to be able to engage in rational debate, engage in compromise, and agree to disagree by following the same rules. In frustration, Brooks note ...
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Did Binge-Watching Fox News Inspire This Man To Threaten Muslims?
Huffington Post - about 1 year
On Jan. 14, 2015, John David Weissinger called the San Diego office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations -- a civil rights group that advocates on behalf of U.S. Muslims -- and left a terrifying voice mail. “You're gonna be in the news. It's gonna be like Charlie Hebdo,” said Weissinger, 54, referring to the deadly attack on the French satirical magazine that had taken place a week earlier. "Guess what? It's coming your way, motherfuckers." The following audio contains profanity. Weissinger followed up with an email to CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper. "I'll show up any day, any time with plenty of firepower to kill any and every one of you fuckers," Weissinger wrote. "It's coming your way and Hell is coming with it." CAIR reported the voice mail to San Diego police, who tracked Weissinger down and arrested him two weeks later in his home. There, they also recovered an unlicensed AR-15, an assault weapon that is illegal in California, and an illegal ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Grover Norquist
  • 2014
    Age 57
    Norquist and his wife attended the annual Burning Man festival in August 2014 in Black Rock, Nevada.
    More Details Hide Details Norquist explained that he wishes to attend because, "There's no government that organizes this. That's what happens when nobody tells you what to do. You just figure it out. So Burning Man is a refutation of the argument that the state has a place in nature."
  • 2009
    Age 52
    Norquist has competed three times in the comedy fundraiser "Washington's Funniest Celebrity" and placed second in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Humorist P. J. O'Rourke has described Norquist as "Tom Paine crossed with Lee Atwater plus just a soupçon of Madame Defarge".
  • 2008
    Age 51
    Norquist published Leave Us Alone: Getting the Government's Hands Off Our Money, Our Guns, Our Lives, in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details In 2012, he published Debacle: Obama's War on Jobs and Growth and What We Can Do Now to Regain Our Future, with John R. Lott, Jr. He has served as a monthly "Politics" columnist and contributing editor to The American Spectator. Norquist has also called for reductions in defense spending as one way to reduce the size of government. He favors reduced defense spending through budget sequestration.
  • 2006
    Age 49
    Norquist and Americans for Tax Reform were also mentioned in Senate testimony relating to the Jack Abramoff Indian lobbying scandal which resulted in a 2006 guilty plea by Abramoff to three criminal felony counts of defrauding of American Indian tribes and corrupting public officials.
    More Details Hide Details Records released by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee allege that ATR served as a "conduit" for funds that flowed from Abramoff's clients to surreptitiously finance grass-roots lobbying campaigns. Norquist has denied that he did anything wrong, and has not been charged with any crime. Norquist's national strategy has included recruiting state and local politicians to support ATR's stance on taxes. Norquist has helped to set up regular meetings for conservatives in many states. These meetings are modeled after his Wednesday meetings in Washington, with the goal of creating a nationwide network of conservative activists that he can call upon to support conservative causes, such as tax cuts and deregulation. There are now meetings in 48 states.
  • 2005
    Age 48
    In Virginia's 2005 Republican primaries, Norquist encouraged the defeat of a number of legislators who voted for higher taxes.
    More Details Hide Details Norquist declared himself in favor of statehood for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, after the latter held a plebiscite on their current status, showing support for statehood. Norquist serves on the boards of directors of numerous organizations including the National Rifle Association, the American Conservative Union, the Hispanic Leadership Fund, the Indian-American Republican Caucus, and, an organization that wishes to add a Parental Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution. In 2010, Norquist joined the advisory board of GOProud, a political organization representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender conservatives and their allies, for which he was criticized by the Family Research Council. Norquist also sits on a six-person advisory panel that nominates Time magazine’s Person of the Year. In business, Norquist was a co-founder of the Merritt Group, later renamed Janus-Merritt Strategies. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
  • 2004
    Age 47
    Norquist has described himself as a "boring white bread Methodist." In 2004, at age 48, he married a Palestinian Muslim named Samah Alrayyes, a Kuwaiti PR specialist who was formerly a director of the Islamic Free Market Institute and specialist at the Bureau of Legislative and Public Affairs at United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
    More Details Hide Details The couple has adopted two children, both girls, one of whom was adopted from the city of Bethlehem. According to friend and former roommate John Fund, Norquist's devotion to his political causes is "monk-like" and comparable to that of Ralph Nader.
    In 2004, Norquist helped California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger with his plan to privatize the CalPERS system.
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  • 2000
    Age 43
    John Fund of the Wall Street Journal dubbed Norquist "the Grand Central Station" of conservatism and told The Nation: "It's not disputable" that Norquist was the key to the Bush campaign's surprising level of support from movement conservatives in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details He has long been active in building bridges between various ethnic and religious minorities and the free-market community through his involvement with Acton Institute, Christian Coalition and Toward Tradition. He has also "announced his plan to assemble a center-right coalition to discuss pulling out of Afghanistan to save hundreds of billions of dollars." Norquist is active in Tea Party politics. Talking at a Florida rally he said "tea party groups should serve as the 'exoskeleton' that protects newly elected Republicans" from pressures to increase government spending. Comprehensive immigration reform is an interest of Norquist's, who believes that the United States should have "dramatically higher levels of immigration" than it currently does. According to a 2011 memoir by former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, Norquist was one of Abramoff's first major Republican party contacts.
    Norquist was instrumental in securing early support for the presidential campaign of then-Texas Governor George W. Bush, acting as his unofficial liaison to the conservative movement. He campaigned for Bush in both 2000 and 2004.
    More Details Hide Details After Bush's first election, Norquist was a key figure involved in crafting Bush's tax cuts.
  • 1994
    Age 37
    Working with eventual Speaker Newt Gingrich, Norquist was one of the co-authors of the 1994 Contract with America, and helped to rally grassroots efforts, which Norquist later chronicled in his book Rock the House.
    More Details Hide Details Norquist also served as a campaign staff member on the 1988, 1992 and 1996 Republican Platform Committees.
  • 1993
    Age 36
    In 1993, Norquist launched his Wednesday Meeting series at ATR headquarters, initially to help fight President Clinton's healthcare plan.
    More Details Hide Details The meeting eventually became one of the most significant institutions in American conservative political organizing. The meetings have been called "a must-attend event for Republican operatives fortunate enough to get an invitation", and "the Grand Central station of the conservative movement." Medvetz (2006) argues that the meetings have been significant in “establishing relations of…exchange” among conservative subgroups and “sustaining a moral community of conservative activists." As a nonprofit organization, Americans for Tax Reform is not required to disclose the identity of its contributors. Critics, such as Sen. Alan Simpson, have asked Norquist to disclose his contributors; he has declined but has said that ATR is financed by direct mail and other grassroots fundraising efforts. According to CBS News, "a significant portion appears to come from wealthy individuals, foundations and corporate interests." Prior to the November 2012 election, 238 of 242 House Republicans and 41 out of 47 Senate Republicans had signed ATR's "Taxpayer Protection Pledge", in which the pledger promises to "oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and to oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates."
  • 1985
    Age 28
    Norquist is best known for founding Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) in 1985, which he says was done at the request of then-President Ronald Reagan.
    More Details Hide Details Referring to Norquist's activities as head of ATR, Steve Kroft, in a 60 Minutes episode that aired on November 20, 2011, claimed that "Norquist has been responsible, more than anyone else, for rewriting the dogma of the Republican Party." The primary policy goal of Americans for Tax Reform is to reduce government revenues as a percentage of the GDP. ATR states that it "opposes all tax increases as a matter of principle." Americans for Tax Reform has supported Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) legislation and transparency initiatives, while opposing cap-and-trade legislation and efforts to regulate health care.
    In 1985, he went to a conference in South Africa sponsored by South African businesses called the "Youth for Freedom Conference", which sought to bring American and South African conservatives together to end the anti-apartheid movement.
    More Details Hide Details Norquist represented the France-Albert Rene government of The Seychelles as a lobbyist from 1995 until 1999. Norquist's efforts were the subject of Tucker Carlson's 1997 article in The New Republic, "What I sold at the revolution."
  • 1983
    Age 26
    He served as Economist and Chief Speechwriter at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce from 1983 to 1984.
    More Details Hide Details Norquist traveled to several war zones to help support anti-Soviet guerrilla armies in the second half of the 1980s. He worked with a support network for Oliver North's efforts with the Nicaraguan Contras and other insurgencies, in addition to promoting U.S. support for groups including Mozambique's RENAMO and Jonas Savimbi's UNITA in Angola and helping to organize anti-Soviet forces in Laos.
    Early in his career, Norquist was executive director of both the National Taxpayers Union and the national College Republicans, holding both positions until 1983.
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  • 1974
    Age 17
    He graduated from Weston High School and enrolled at Harvard University in 1974, where he earned his A.B. and M.B.A. degrees.
    More Details Hide Details At college, Norquist was an editor at the Harvard Crimson and helped to publish the libertarian-leaning Harvard Chronicle. He was a member of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. Norquist has said: "When I became 21, I decided that nobody learned anything about politics after the age of 21." He attended the Leadership Institute in Arlington, Virginia, an organization that teaches conservative Americans how to influence public policy through activism and leadership.
  • 1968
    Age 11
    Norquist grew up in Weston, Massachusetts. He is the son of Carol (née Lutz) and Warren Elliott Norquist (a vice president of Polaroid Corporation), and is of Swedish ancestry. Norquist became involved with politics at an early age when he volunteered for the 1968 Nixon campaign, assisting with get out the vote efforts.
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  • 1956
    Born on October 19, 1956.
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