Who’s Afraid of Grover Norquist?Posted: January 28, 2012
I’ve often found myself wondering why so many elected officials of the Republican persuasion live in perpetual fear of their base. However, most of them are crazy and will primary a relatively calm Republican candidate to replace them with a bat shit crazy one. No where is the crazy more apparent than with Grover Norquist whose reign of Terror and Greed has basically held Republican Congress Critterz hostage to really bad economic policy. Grover Norquist is a lobbyist for Trust Fund Babies although no one really knows where his money actually comes from. He makes elder Republican Senators wet themselves. He simply opposes any and all forms of paying for government. He’s been involved with the Abramoff scandal and yet avoids prosecution because he doesn’t have to report the sources of his funds.. Abramoff named him as one of his first and primary contacts with in the Republican part, yet Norquist continues his quest to ensure his inherited wealth and others cannot be used for any purpose other than gratuitous self-interest funding.
He’s got a new crazy idea. He wants to impeach Obama if there’s not an extension of the Bush Tax Cuts. The right to impeach an official is spelled out in our Constitution. The grounds for impeachment are ” conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” So under which one of these things does not giving the uberrich their supposedly short term tax cuts fall? The link comes from the National Journal (NJ).
NJ At the end of 2012, a number of major tax provisions, including the Bush-era cuts, are set to expire. Do you have any predictions?
NORQUIST We’re focused on the fact that there is this Damocles sword hanging over people’s head. What you don’t know is who will be in charge when all of this will happen. I think when we get through this election cycle, we’ll have a Republican majority, [though] not necessarily a strong majority in the Senate, and a majority in the House. The majority in the House will continue to be a Reagan majority, a conservative majority. Boehner never has to talk his delegation going further to the right.
If the Republicans have the House, Senate, and the presidency, I’m told that they could do an early budget vote—a reconciliation vote where you extend the Bush tax cuts out for a decade or five years. You take all of those issues off the table, and then say, “What do you want to do for tax reform?”
Then, the question is: “OK, what do we do about repatriation and all of the interesting stuff?” And, if you have a Republican president to go with a Republican House and Senate, then they pass the [Paul] Ryan plan [on Medicare].
NJ What if the Democrats still have control? What’s your scenario then?
NORQUIST Obama can sit there and let all the tax [cuts] lapse, and then the Republicans will have enough votes in the Senate in 2014 to impeach. The last year, he’s gone into this huddle where he does everything by executive order. He’s made no effort to work with Congress.
NJ The Republicans seem more divided over tax policy than in the past. The House Republicans didn’t want to pass the payroll-tax holiday bill, even though that was a tax cut. Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania proposed revenue increases as a super-committee member. Do you think the party is in disarray over its take on taxes?
NORQUIST Those are different things. Toomey is deciding on which unicorn he’d like if unicorns existed, and you’re asking me if I’m unhappy about his choice of a pet? There aren’t any unicorns. The Democrats are not going to make permanent what they said was their nonnegotiable plan for a 25 percent corporate and individual tax rate. The Democratic Party cannot physiologically do that.
NJ So you don’t get mad when Republicans propose tax increases if you feel they won’t come to fruition?
NORQUIST There’s no point in spending any time getting too worked up on imaginary conversations about imaginary things. The disarray you had was the House and the Senate being on different rhythms, and the House not understanding that anyone would lie so completely about what they’d just done.
There are crack pots and then there is Grover Norquist. The man’s a menace to society.