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Norquist favors dramatically reducing the size of the government. He has been noted for his widely quoted quip: "I'm not in favor of abolishing the government. I just want to shrink it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub."
When asked by journalist Steven Kroft about the goal of chopping government "in half and then shrink it again to where we were at the turn of the [20th] century" before social security and medicare, Norquist replied, "We functioned in this country with government at eight percent of GDP for a long time and quite well."
Former Republican Senator Alan Simpson, co-chairman of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, has been particularly critical, describing Norquist's position as "[n]o taxes, under any situation, even if your country goes to hell."
Originally posted by Hefficide
I imagine that a few ATS conservatives will pipe up and say that they agree with the idea of lower taxes and approve of any man willing to fight that battle. To these people I offer the following advice: Just because a man is willing to take up your mantle in battle - it does not automatically infer that he is either honorable or loyal to your cause.
reply to post by Hefficide
Ideology that lacks an ability to take into account the bigger picture cannot be sound in practice. And that doesn't even address the underlying issue that Norquists position and grandstanding have made him a wealthy man - even at the risk of destroying the nation which consists of those he pretends to be championing.
In short, there’s more than one way to skin a fat cat. Theoretically, you can reverse-engineer a tax code raising almost any amount of money you want -- and with almost any distribution of the burden you want -- without touching the top tax rate. Politically, of course, it might not be so easy.
None of this changes the fact that it’s possible to make the tax code more progressive without raising rates. Or that Boehner is begging for a deal that could be labeled tax reform, not a tax increase. Close the loopholes, enjoy the revenue, and keep the top rate steady. Or, what the heck, close some more loopholes, lower the top tax rate, and still have enough to throw at the national debt.
We don’t believe, as Obama’s critics do, that the president wants a tax increase simply to soak the rich. We believe he wants a tax increase to raise the money needed to run the government, and to do so as fairly and efficiently as possible.
At least, we want to believe that. Norquist reiterated his humble brag this week about how he has no power to release members of Congress from their promise. “The pledge is to the American people,” he said. Which makes the task all the more urgent: Mr. President, cut a deal with Boehner before the Norquist monster fully awakes.
Originally posted by ActuallyActuary
reply to post by Hefficide
Wow. So much energy and hate spent on bashing a guy who's just trying to save you from your own stupidity. Keep reading commie rags - see how far in life they will take you!
Originally posted by bigrex
Sounds like he is a lot closer to a patriot than comrade Obama. The OP must be a sad little liberal creature. Stoke up the taxes inferno, the OP has your back Master Obama.edit on 17-11-2012 by bigrex because: (no reason given)