Thursday, September 08, 2005

Norquist Watch

The post-Katrina Norquist Watch goes on, but Grover is apparently lying low and cataloguing his barf bag collection or something. But, fortunately, others haven't forgotten about him. Tom Teepen:

Well, now we know what The Beast looks like when it's half-starved. It is a weak and wasting creature.

The beast is our national government and starving it has been promoted on the political right as a means to conservative ends.
Where conservatism once was characterized by prudence, which included skepticism, often healthy, about federal undertakings, conservatism today has become reckless. And it sees the American government as a fanged, snarling and predatory monster. No longer just skeptical of federal programs, today's right is contemptuous, in the manner of the sainted Reagan, of the very idea that government can accomplish anything.

Thomas Friedman:

An administration whose tax policy has been dominated by the toweringly selfish Grover Norquist -- who has been quoted as saying: ``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'' -- doesn't have the instincts for this moment.

Norquist is the only person about whom I would say this: I hope he owns property around the New Orleans levee that was never properly finished because of a lack of tax dollars. I hope his basement got flooded. And I hope that he was busy drowning government in his bathtub when the levee broke and that he had to wait for a U.S. Army helicopter to get out of town.

Gordon Adams in the Baltimore Sun:

We have a president who is apparently ill-informed, lackadaisical and narrow-minded, surrounded by oil baron cronies, religious fundamentalist crazies and right-wing extremists and ideologues. He has appointed officials who give incompetence new meaning, who replace the positive role of government with expensive baloney.

They rode into office in a highly contested election, spouting a message of bipartisanship but determined to undermine the federal government in every way but defense (and, after 9/11, one presumed, homeland security). One with Grover Norquist, they were determined to shrink Washington until it was "small enough to drown in a bathtub." Katrina has stripped the veil from this mean-spirited strategy, exposing the greed, mindlessness and sheer profiteering behind it.

It is time to hold them accountable - this ugly, troglodyte crowd of Capital Beltway insiders, rich lawyers, ideologues, incompetents and their strap-hangers should be tarred, feathered and ridden gracefully and mindfully out of Washington and returned to their caves, clubs in hand.

David Sarasohn in The Oregonian:

It's a favorite line of Grover Norquist, head of Americans for Tax Reform and one of the most influential and aggressive of the movement conservatives, and it always goes over big with his audiences.

"I don't want to abolish government," explains Nor- quist. "I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub."

Last week, we learned that you don't need a bathtub.

You can drown Americans' belief in government in the streets of New Orleans.

Yeah, I'd be hiding too.


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