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Grover Norquist's new trilogy: golf, cocaine and ethanol
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/30/11 | Debra J. Saunders

Posted on 03/30/2011 12:19:22 PM PDT by SmithL

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. has been pushing hard for a Senate vote to end a $5 billion tax credit for ethanol. To win this Dr. Coburn -- he is an ob/gyn -- will have to contend with Senate Democratic big Harry Reid, farm-state Republicans and, of course, Grover Norquist.

It was Norquist, by the way, who told the Washington Post's Ezra Klein that it is a waste of time for D.C. Repubs to negotiate with Democrats. Quoth Norquist, "I think golf and cocaine would (be) more constructive ways to spend one's free time than negotiating with Democrats on spending restraint."

The feud between Cobrun and Norquist is heating up. This week Coburn and Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform exchanged letters. ATR essentially hit Coburn for trying to raise taxes, by ending the subsidy. Essentially, ATR argues:

"the ethanol tax credit is not a spending program, . . .

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Nevada; US: Oklahoma
KEYWORDS: ethanol; grovernorquist

1 posted on 03/30/2011 12:19:26 PM PDT by SmithL
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With friends like Grover Norquist, who needs Harry Reid?
No foolin'
2 posted on 03/30/2011 12:20:23 PM PDT by SmithL (No one puts the func in dysfunctional like the California Legislature)
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To: SmithL

Golf and cocaine? Sounds like two of BHO’s favorite past times.

3 posted on 03/30/2011 12:23:27 PM PDT by Mr. Jazzy (Pray for our nation against the enemies of freedom.)
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To: SmithL

Norquist is an agent of Jihadists. He should be shunned by polite society.

4 posted on 03/30/2011 12:27:22 PM PDT by Minn
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To: SmithL

“golf, cocaine and ethanol”

I’m just glad it’s not another New Country hit!

5 posted on 03/30/2011 12:35:57 PM PDT by headsonpikes (Genocide is the highest sacrament of socialism - "Who-whom?")
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To: SmithL

Norquist has a point, there is a fundamental difference between reducing taxes, and government spending. There are good and bad reasons to reduce taxes; it’s quite possible that ethanol production is a bad reason to offer a tax credit. But his thinking seems to be, NEVER increase taxes (at least not without making up for it by reducing elsewhere in the same bill):
“Repealing the ethanol credit is the right thing to do, but other taxes must be reduced in the same legislation by at least this much to prevent a net tax increase.”
I agree.
Liberals often argue that it’s hypocritical to reduce spending while opposing higher taxes. It’s not; the point is to make government smaller, not bigger.

6 posted on 03/30/2011 12:47:58 PM PDT by mangonc2
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To: mangonc2
I've met Mr. Norquist.

I've been drunk in my life, but never at 7 am.

He was sweating Vodka, and smelt absolutely flammable.

The man is a total dirtball. That being said, a broken clock is right twice a day.

7 posted on 03/30/2011 3:54:48 PM PDT by HonestConservative (
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To: Minn

Long time nra board member also. Nice huh?

8 posted on 03/30/2011 5:16:57 PM PDT by bobby.223
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...
from a left-wing website:

Quit pretending to be conservative or Republican, okay?

9 posted on 06/04/2011 4:09:46 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link --
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