Friday, October 14, 2005

Norquist Watch

Grover Norquist, coward:

If Washington lobbyist and anti-government goon Grover Norquist knows so much about Colorado's Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, he should debate its merits here in the land of crumbling highways and fading universities and colleges.

Instead, Norquist says he's willing to debate Gov. Owens so long as it takes place in - can you imagine? - Washington, D.C.

Norquist, head of the ingeniously named Americans for Tax Reform, has been awfully free with his advice on how Coloradans should vote on Referendums C and D. He is infamous as the fellow who said he wants to shrink government to where it could be drowned in the bathtub.

Now Norquist has summoned Owens to Washington, with an aide saying Norquist is awfully busy but would try to find time. That's the respect that Colorado gets from folks like Norquist. Imagine if Owens wasn't a card-carrying Republican.

Owens responded Wednesday. "Grover, this is an issue of critical importance to Coloradans," he wrote in a letter. "A discussion of the issues more than a thousand miles away from our state in your office would serve no purpose."

Not that Grover cares, he's just trying to drown Colorado in a bathtub.

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