Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Norquist Watch

What's Grover up to as his buddy Karl Rove goes down?

1. He's complaining that South Carolina (gasp!) spends money:

...South Carolina increased spending more than any other state in the country for the time period of 1998 - 2002, as a percentage of the state's economy.

"South Carolina residents should be shocked that their state government spent more money than California's recalled Governor Gray Davis and left wing Vermont Governor Howard Dean," said Grover Norquist, president of ATR. "Even worst, the sharp rise in state spending came while the economy was in an economic downturn and tax revenues were slumping. This fiscal irresponsibility placed South Carolina taxpayers at a huge risk for future tax increases."

2. He's kissing up to right wing grape-juice "Christians:"

The Christian opposition to eminent domain shows how the often opposed religious and limited-government wings of the conservative movement have come together for the expected court fight. At a moment when the White House is urging its Christian allies to tone down their talk about abortion, school prayer or other cultural issues, others in the movement applauded their Christian counterparts for pulling together.

“If you are Jerry Falwell, it is probably wise to spend some of your time reminding the head of the Chamber of Commerce why he and you are on the same team,” said Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform and a strategist close to the administration.

3. He's kissing up to a right-wing rabbi:

For evangelicals who are used to reading about Jews as God's chosen people, Lapin solves an essential mystery: "A lot of people are surprised when they leave church and encounter essentially Dershowitz Judaism, Jews who are liberal," says conservative activist Grover Norquist, who is also a friend. "Lapin is the opposite of that."

For conservatives searching for biblical foundations for their political positions, Lapin is validation from the original source. His specialty is finding support in the Torah for what turns out to be the current Republican platform: lower taxes, decreased regulation, pro-traditional family policies.

"The principles of the Republican Party and the convictions of our president more closely parallel the moral vision of the God of Abraham than those of anyone else," Lapin said at the dinner with Bush, hosted by Ralph Reed.

Note to Grover: Jews don't go to "church." They attend synagogue.

4. Llewellyn King is making fun of him:

When it comes to Grover Norquist, the man is inspired. Who else without office could reveal an entirely new concept for the nation: governance without taxation? I have unfairly accused him of taking corporate dollars and playing to the greed of the moguls. No, no. After counseling, I see plainly that a great nation in debt is a great nation triumphant.

It is abysmally low of me to suggest that the United States is becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Asian financiers because of Norquist's philosophy. It is brilliant that we can leverage the world's lenders to keep ourselves afloat. Right on, Grover!

Yick. Watching Grover so you don't have to. It's an ugly job.


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