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    02/19/2015 12:23:20 PM PST · by LSUfan · 23 replies
    BreitBart ^ | 19 Feb 15 | Matthew Boyle
    Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) president Grover Norquist has written a letter to several members of the NRA’s board of directors fervently denying allegations of his ties to Muslim Brotherhood leaders as “conspiracies.” Norquist is currently facing re-election for his position on the NRA’s board of directors, all while these accusations against him have come under renewed attention—and could dominate discussion of his NRA role in the coming weeks. In the letter obtained by Breitbart News, Norquist accuses Center for Security Policy (CSP) president Frank Gaffney, a former official in Ronald Reagan’s Pentagon, of being a “stalker” he has had...
  • Government Coverups Behind Islamic Invasion of America

    02/16/2014 7:23:24 AM PST · by george76 · 46 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | February 15, 2014 | Ben Barrack
    Grover Norquist, who founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR)... his connections to Muslim Brotherhood groups and individuals in the U.S. is irrefutable. One such individual is Abdurahman Alamoudi. Another is Suhail Khan, whose father helped found the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Muslim Students Association (MSA). His mother sat on the board of a Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) chapter... Norquist helped Khan become the White House gatekeeper relative to selecting Muslim leaders who the Bush administration partnered with before and after 9/11. Those Muslim leaders belonged to Muslim Brotherhood front groups. ... Last year it was...
  • National Security Heavyweights Allege Muslim Brotherhood Ties to GOP

    02/12/2014 10:40:44 PM PST · by Rufus2007 · 25 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | February 13, 2014 | Matthew Boyle and Jonathan Strong
    A heavyweight lineup of former national security officials banded together late Tuesday to accuse Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) president Grover Norquist and high-ranking GOP political operative Suhail Khan of connections to the Muslim Brotherhood. The officials authored a 45-page dossier on the issue to Cleta Mitchell, the top lawyer for the American Conservatives’ Union who in 2011 cleared Norquist of the allegations initially brought by former high-ranking Reagan official Frank Gaffney. The signatories include numerous powerful and respected former officials, including former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, former CIA Director James Woolsey, former Florida Rep. Allen West, retired Army Lt....

    12/02/2013 3:15:53 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/26/13 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    In response to the news that Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS is funding Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) to the tune of $26 million in 2012, Tea Party Patriots National Coordinator Jenny Beth Martin told Breitbart News that Rove cannot buy his way into the conservative movement. “The old adage 'keep your friends close and your enemies closer' is more relevant in today’s political arena than ever before,” Martin said. “It is not surprising that there are groups we thought were in this fight with us have been shown to have ulterior motives."

    11/29/2013 12:14:23 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/29/13 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    -snip- Ball quotes two different pro-amnesty activists as part of the plan pushing for revenge: Frank Sharry of America’s Voice and Joshua Culling of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), Grover Norquist’s outfit. -snip- Ball described Culling as a “conservative,” even though it was just discovered the outfit he works for, ATR, is funded largely by Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS. According to tax documents released by Crossroads, Rove’s group gave ATR $26 million in 2012. Rove is actively working against conservatives nationwide in an effort to stop the Tea Party movement. His funding of Norquist’s organization--which has supported amnesty and publicly...

    11/29/2013 12:23:14 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/26/13 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    Tax documents from Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS show that Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) is largely funded by Rove, ProPublica’s Kim Barker reports. -snip- On its 2012 tax return, Barker reported, the biggest grant Rove’s Crossroads GPS gave to anybody was a $26.4 million grant it gave to Norquist’s ATR for “social welfare.” -snip- ATR spokesman John Kartch and Rove spokesman Jonathan Collegio both declined to answer specific questions from ProPublica about the grant.
  • ATR's Tax Forms Raise Questions About Use of Crossroads Grant, "Social Welfare" Purpose

    11/26/2013 9:35:27 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 5 replies
    OpenSecrets ^ | 11/18/13 | Robert Maguire and Viveca Novak
    Americans for Tax Reform, the politically active nonprofit headed by longtime antitax activitst Grover Norquist, raised and spent nearly $31 million in 2012, according to its tax filing for the year -- a new record for the group. -snip- In addition, the vast majority of ATR's funds -- $26.4 million, or 85 percent -- came from Crossroads GPS, the 800-pound-gorilla among conservative dark money nonprofits that are highly politically active and don't disclose their donors. That means that ATR used at least a sizable portion of the Crossroads grant to fund its political ads, even given the fact that it...
  • Grover Norquist Turns to Progressive Media in Crusade Against Ted Cruz

    10/29/2013 4:21:50 AM PDT · by markomalley · 34 replies
    Big Government ^ | 10/28/2013 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) president Grover Norquist has now turned to left-wing media to continue his smear campaign against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), a first-year senator already emerging as a leader of the Republican Party.“I have never had a criticism of Ted Cruz’s strategy because I’ve never been able to find it,” Norquist said Monday night on Sirius XM’s Standup with Pete Dominick, according to a report in The Daily Beast. Dominick is a reliably progressive radio host who hosts his show on the liberal POTUS network on Sirius XM. The Daily Beast is similarly liberal, having dropped notions...
  • Grover vs. ‘the Bitter Enders’(Grover trying to give Rubio political cover)

    04/09/2013 4:54:56 PM PDT · by yongin · 37 replies
    NRO ^ | April 9,2013 | Betsy Woodruff
    Grover Norquist is known as an anti-tax crusader, but in the coming weeks he will be just as much a pro-immigration crusader, combatting what he calls the “bitter enders” who oppose comprehensive immigration reform. Norquist says that he’s trying to counteract the effect of “a handful of radio talk-show hosts who talk loudly.” “The bitter-enders who are still responding to radio talk-show hosts from eight years ago haven’t noticed that the world has shifted from underneath them,” he says. “The people who need cover are the guys who are still voting like they were Pat Buchanan.” Advertisement Norquist’s group, Americans...
  • Grover Norquist aiding Iranian regime through group linked to NIAC

    12/27/2011 5:06:45 AM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Jihad Watch ^ | 12-27-11
    Jihad Watch Grover Norquist aiding Iranian regime through group linked to NIAC Grover Norquist's numerous unsavory ties to jihadists and Islamic supremacists are abundantly documented in Pamela Geller's expose here. And on the House floor in October, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) said of Norquist, "Documentation shows that he has deep ties to supporters of Hamas and other terrorist organizations that are sworn enemies of the United States and our ally Israel.”  He pointed out that “around the years 2000 and 2001, Mr. Norquist’s firm represented Abdurahman Alamoudi, who was convicted two years later for his role in a terrorist...
  • Grover Norquist and radical Islam (old reminder)

    02/11/2012 1:15:34 PM PST · by combat_boots · 15 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | Dec 9, 2003 | Various
    Frank Gaffney has written in FrontPage magazine an article that is much needed and long overdue: "A Troubling Influence," about the extensive ties that conservative activist Grover Norquist has with radical Islamic elements. This is a lengthy and exhaustively documented piece about a man who has stood as a singular obstruction to efforts to alert people to the gravity of the threat from radical Islam. All of it should be read carefully, but here are a few highlights: The association between Grover Norquist and Islamists appears to have started about five years ago, in 1998, when he became the founding...
  • Americans for Tax Reform evacuated after bomb threat

    07/25/2011 12:40:41 PM PDT · by MissesBush · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/25/11 | Alex Pappas
    Staffers at Americans for Tax Reform, the anti-tax group run by conservative activist Grover Norquist, evacuated their building Monday morning after a bomb threat was called in, according to authorities. A spokesman for the Washington D.C. police department, Anthony Clay, confirmed to The Daily Caller that officers from the explosive ordnance division were called to the building that houses the organization’s D.C. offices shortly after 9 a.m. The employees have since been allowed to return to work, another officer told TheDC from the scene. No explosives were found, the officer said. Police had shut down 12th Street in Washington near...
  • Oh my: Senate votes to end ethanol subsidies, 73/27

    06/16/2011 6:46:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | 06/16/2011 | Allahpundit
    Yesterday’s vote failed for procedural reasons but they cleaned it up today and nailed down a remarkably bipartisan consensus. Eyeball the roll: 38 Democrats, 33 Republicans, and both independents voted yes, with no votes coming mainly from plains-states senators eager to keep the campaign cash flowing. When you’ve got both senators from California and both senators from Oklahoma on the same side of an issue, you’re working magic, my friends. The vote also could have ramifications on future votes to reduce the deficit. Much of the GOP conference supported Feinstein’s bill even though it does not include another tax break...
  • Illinois Taxes: How Blue Can You Get?

    01/07/2011 6:26:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 7, 2011 | Staff
    Fiscal Policy: Unimpressed by data showing that businesses, jobs and people flee high-tax states, the Land of Lincoln opts to squeeze the last penny out of taxpayers with a whopping 75% income-tax increase. Illinois is one of those states losing a congressional seat as a result of the 2010 census. Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania will also each lose one. New York and Ohio will each lose two. California, despite massive illegal immigration, will fail to gain a congressional seat since statehood was granted. Meanwhile, states such as Texas will gain four and Florida two, as...
  • Grover Norquist Is Living in Candyland or Daniels is Right About the Need for a VAT

    10/18/2010 2:27:21 PM PDT · by curiosity · 63 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/18/2010 | Kevin D. Williamson.
    So it turns out that the cure for “epistemic closure” is great quantities of crystal meth. The things you learn from Grover Norquist. In case you missed it, Norquist came down like a runaway gravel truck on Indiana governor Mitch Daniels, a favorite around these parts. Governor Daniels’s offense was declaring himself open to the possibility that a value-added tax might be an acceptable part of a wide-ranging reform of the federal tax system. Norquist replied, in a Politico interview: “This is outside the bounds of acceptable modern Republican thought, and it is only the zone of extremely left-wing Democrats...
  • Full List of Backroom Health Deals in "Deem and Pass" Healthcare Bill (Obama Leases Votes.)

    03/22/2010 11:58:04 AM PDT · by Andrea19 · 10 replies · 1,024+ views
    ATR Blog ^ | 3/19/10 | Ryan Ellis
    ...Backroom Deals In the Democrats Health Care Takeover Cornhusker Kickback: Perhaps the most well known in the Senate bill, the provision, included at the behest of Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE), ensures that Nebraska would be the only state to have the full amount of its increased Medicaid costs paid for by the federal government. The Louisiana Purchase: The Senate bill provides extra Medicaid funding for any state in which every county has been declared a disaster area. Because of Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana is the only state that would qualify for the money. The $300 million provision for Louisiana was slipped...
  • Sinking By The Stern

    03/01/2010 5:07:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 539+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 1, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Union Influence: The White House picks its most frequent visitor to sit on its deficit commission. He believes in big government, in big spending, and that the workers of the world should unite. What could go wrong? Computer security firms have been known to hire the best former hackers because they know best how to stop others like them. But the appointment of Andy Stern, president of the Service Employee International Union (SEIU), to a bipartisan commission to come up with ways to deal with the rapidly rising federal budget deficit is like having a serial arsonist organize Fire Prevention...
  • Obama Labor Board Nominee, "workers should not be able to choose against having a union"

    02/01/2010 2:19:02 PM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies · 652+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2010 | Staff
    Guest post from Americans for Tax Reform If the Senate’s schedule remains unchanged, a cloture vote on Obama's nominee to the National Labor Relations Board, Craig Becker, is expected Thursday, February 4. Such a move will disenfranchise the Senate’s newest member, Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown. Democratic leadership reaffirmed numerous times that the Senate would not vote on any health care legislation until Senator Brown is seated. Harry Reid: “We’re not going to rush into anything. We’re going to wait until the new senator arrives to do more on health care.” Jim Webb: “It is vital that we restore the respect...
  • State of the Union: Time to play Obama BINGO!

    01/27/2010 2:59:49 PM PST · by U of IL Conservative · 18 replies · 1,104+ views
    Americans for Tax Reform ^ | Wednesday, January 27, 2010 | Americans for Tax Reform
    Back by popular demand: Obama BINGO! To help you get through the State of the Union address on Wednesday night, Americans for Tax Reform once again presents Obama BINGO! Use the cards to check off terms and phrases likely to be used during President Obama’s State of the Union address. We've prepared four different cards this year so that you may compete with your friends and family: Obama BINGO Card 1 Obama BINGO Card 2 Obama BINGO Card 3 Obama BINGO Card 4 Good luck, and let us know how it goes! (Or for those of you in Louisiana, let...
  • Obamacare expands IRS authority, may cause greater tax non-compliance

    01/04/2010 4:34:21 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies · 831+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 1/4/10 | J.P. Freire
    Not only does the Democratic health care bill include tax hikes, as reported by Americans for Tax Reform, it also would expand the role of the Internal Revenue Service. From Kaiser Health News: Under the proposed health care legislation, they would get another assignment: checking to see whether Americans have health insurance. The House and Senate bills require most Americans to have health insurance and to prove it on their annual federal tax return. Those who don’t would pay a penalty to the IRS.
  • Norquist Warns Candidates Would-Be Presidents Should Focus on 2010

    11/16/2009 6:36:31 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 46 replies · 1,171+ views
    Roll Call ^ | November 16, 2009 | John Stanton
    “After 2010 you can have a polite conversation about who should be president in 2012,” Norquist continued. “But until then the only thing you’re doing is sucking oxygen out of the room. And you’re not being helpful. If you’re the governor of Indiana and you want to be presidential, don’t send me a press release about how you didn’t raise taxes. Beat [Sen.] Evan Bayh [D-Ind.]. Then I’d say, ‘Hey, there’s a guy to talk to.’” But Norquist also had an equally strong message for conservative activists — warning that they should not look to enforce ideological purity tests on...
  • Rally Reflections: Grover Norquist's thoughts on the 9/12 rallies

    09/14/2009 10:46:59 AM PDT · by U of IL Conservative · 5 replies · 747+ views
    Americans for Tax Reform ^ | 09/12/09 | Grover Norquist
    POLITICO’s Arena features Grover Norquist’s thoughts on the 9/12 rallies: This past week I travelled to the center-right coalition meetings in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and North Carolina and then this morning back to DC. I took my daughter out with stroller and walked for two hours against the flow of the 9/12 march to the taxpayer rally along Pennsylvania Ave. How many? Dunno. But two solid hours of marchers going past. Lots of great signs. One group of Obama fans standing off to one side. They were huddled around their sign "billionaires for tax cuts" and dressed in tuxes....
  • Did Dems Buy Cap and Trade Votes? (With a little money, Blue Dogs become Pelosi's Lap Dogs)

    08/05/2009 4:15:55 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 13 replies · 502+ views
    human events ^ | 8/5/2009 | Connie Hair
    Americans for Tax Reform, a non-partisan group opposed to all tax increases, did a bit of sleuthing through recent Federal Elections Commission (FEC) reports and found one indicating that just days before the 219-212 “cap-and-trade” national energy tax vote in the U.S. House of Representatives, nearly $50,000 in campaign contributions was passed from Democrat leaders to uncommitted Democrats -- apparently to solidify support for the bill. Democrat Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) distribued a total contribution of $28,000 among the following: Steve Driehaus, D-Ohio ($2,000); Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. ($2,000); Suzanne Kosmas, D-Fla. ($4,000); Betsy Markey, D-Colo. ($2,000); Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H....
  • Obama Makes False Claims during Business Week Interview

    08/01/2009 4:44:49 AM PDT · by nateriver · 5 replies · 620+ views
    As usual Obama is making statements that sound good to the media but is totally opposite of what he is doing. His actions will drive every major competitive company out of the country and dry up all the mom & pops so all that will be left are government owned and run entities.
  • Rep. Gene Taylor calls anti-tax group 'scum'

    07/31/2009 10:49:35 PM PDT · by Wolf-Lake · 58 replies · 2,874+ views
    Politico ^ | 7/31/2009 | Jen Dimascio
    Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) has called Grover Norquist’s anti-tax group Americans for Tax Reform “lying sacks of scum” for lumping him in with other moderate Democrats who support the House health reform bill. “Americans for Tax Reform are lying sacks of scum, and anyone who knowingly repeats this false information is also a liar,” Taylor said in an unusually blistering statement for a member of Congress. The incident has so incensed Taylor, he’s pointing out Americans for Tax Reforms past ties to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The Americans for Tax Reform release said Taylor had agreed to a “backroom deal”...
  • Tax Group: Obama's $4 Trillion Tax Increase

    07/20/2009 12:02:29 PM PDT · by pissant · 4 replies · 401+ views
    US News & World Report ^ | 7/20/09 | Paul Bedard
    Americans for Tax Reform doesn't like taxes or President Obama much. But even Obama fans might choke on the additional 10-year tax bill that the group tallied under the president's plans: $4 trillion. Americans for Tax Reform figures $2.3 trillion more if the Bush tax cuts are allowed to expire; $1 trillion from the cap-and-trade bill; and $722 billion for healthcare reform. It's roughly $4,000 per household, a ton more than Obama allies believe Americans will face but not as bad as some GOP warnings.
  • Update: Cap-and-Trade Vote Count: 210-210, 14 Undecided

    06/26/2009 1:14:54 PM PDT · by Delacon · 641 replies · 29,525+ views
    Americans for Tax Reform ^ | Friday, June 26, 2009 3:53 PM | Brian M Johnson
    That's right. We are hearing 210 - 210 with 14 undecided. Keep calling the swtichboard 202-224-3121 and emailing through here to ensure your message gets heard! Remember: Over the 2012-2035 timeline, job losses average over 1.1 million. By 2035, a projected 2.5 million jobs are lost below the baseline (without a cap and trade bill). Particularly hit hard are sectors of the economy that are very energy-intensive: Manufacturers, farmers, construction, machinery, electrical equipment and appliances, transportation, textiles, paper products, chemicals, plastics and rubbers, and retail trade would face staggering employment losses as a result of Waxman-Markey.
  • Obama Plan To Increase Taxes and Cut Jobs

    06/06/2009 6:35:23 PM PDT · by nateriver · 48 replies · 1,569+ views
    Americans For Tax Reform ^ | Kelsey Zahourek
    "The unemployment rate has hit a 25 year high, now standing at 9.4 percent and since President Obama has taken office the U.S. has lost 2.2 million jobs. How does the Administration and tax-writers in Congress plan to remedy this? Well, by implementing policies that will ship more jobs and capital out of the U.S. and into foreign countries.
  • CBO Says BHO’s TARP Is $$ More Than Estimated

    04/08/2009 10:21:32 PM PDT · by nateriver · 1 replies · 221+ views
    The Congressional Budget Office quietly announced that the Troubled Asset Relief Program will be much more expensive than originally figured. Instead of costing $189 billion, the cost is now up to $356 billion.
  • Rich States Poor States

    03/31/2009 1:42:35 PM PDT · by nateriver · 5 replies · 901+ views
    The second edition of “Rich States, Poor States” has just been released. Surprise! Surprise! Low tax states have the highest growth and high tax states have the lowest growth.
  • Obama’s Tax Hikes Go After Only the Successful Small Business

    03/07/2009 5:14:17 AM PST · by nateriver · 12 replies · 635+ views
    The small business owners that Obama is hiking taxes on are the ones generating the most profits, the ones employing almost 43 million workers.
  • Obama Budget Taxes Energy Production & Limits Job Creation

    03/05/2009 9:29:49 AM PST · by nateriver · 3 replies · 297+ views
    ATR ^ | Ellis
    “Perhaps no one has told the President that stopping research for a program that will lower gas prices, increase our national security, increase out GDP by eight trillion dollars and create a million jobs every year is a criminally stupid idea.” -Comment about the FY2010 budget.
  • US Property Rights Ranking Rises from 19 to 15th Best in World

    02/24/2009 1:07:47 PM PST · by nateriver · 10 replies · 453+ views
    International Property Rights Index is out and the United States ranks overall the 15th best in the world. The index focuses on three areas: Intellectual Property, Physical Property, and Legal and Political environment. US rank number one in copyrights, Patent Rights and Inheritance rights.
  • ATR.ORG Launches New Website

    02/20/2009 3:13:12 AM PST · by nateriver · 220+ views
    At the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) in 1985. ATR believes in a system in which taxes are simpler, flatter, more visible, and lower than they are today. The government's power to control one's life derives from its power to tax. ATR believes that power should be minimized. ATR 's projects include the Taxpayer Protection Pledge that politicians sign pledging no new taxes. You can view the pledge on the website along with other tax reform news and information.
  • 1938 Law Restricts A Worker’s Family Time.

    02/16/2009 12:47:06 AM PST · by nateriver · 4 replies · 441+ views
    The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 prohibits employers from offering workers paid time off as compensation for their overtime work. However, government and other public sector workers have long been privilege to this flexibility. Rep. Cathy McMorris has introduced the Family-Friendly Workplace Act so workers can find a balance between work and family
  • 16 Days And Let’s Tax the Poor.

    02/08/2009 11:49:17 AM PST · by nateriver · 22 replies · 889+ views
    It took only 16 days for President Obama to break his campaign promise not to raise taxes on the poor. When President Obama signed the SCHIP bill, increasing the excise tax on Tobacco products by 156%, he raise taxes on 55% of smokers who are the “working poor” and the 25% of smokers who live below the poverty line. This bill is to provide health care to many of these smokers’ children. If he cared about the health of these children, the purpose of the cigarette tax would be to deter smoking because many children from homes of smokers require...
  • Congressman Roscoe Bartlett Urges Income and FICA Tax Holiday as Fastest, Most Effective Stimulus

    01/09/2009 2:17:40 PM PST · by Sgt_Schultze · 21 replies · 895+ views
    bartlett.house.gov ^ | 8 Jan 2009 | Congressman Roscoe Bartlett
    Congressman Roscoe Bartlett Urges Income and FICA Tax Holiday as Fastest, Most Effective Stimulus Responds to Speech by President-elect Obama One of 53 Co-sponsors of H.R. 143 “The fastest way to put more money in working people’s pockets and create jobs would be approving the legislation I support for a two-month holiday of personal income and FICA taxes,” said Congressman Roscoe Bartlett today. “People will spend their own money more wisely and more efficiently than government bureaucrats.” Congressman Bartlett made the comments in response to a major economic policy speech by President-elect Barack Obama. Congressman Bartlett said, “The Congressional Budget...
  • Cost of Government Day [consuming 53.9 percent of national income.......]

    07/16/2008 10:22:30 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 50 replies · 218+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Grover Norquist
    Cost of Government Day By Grover Norquist This year Americans have worked until today, July 16, to pay for the total costs of federal, state and local government. This is 197 days of the year consuming 53.9 percent of national income. Over the past 22 years, in only four years (1982, 1983, 1991 and 1992) did Cost of Government Day fall later in the year. Federal spending will consume 83.7 days. State and local spending will consume 50.5 days effort. Federal regulations cost 4l.7 days and State regulations cost 20.9 days. The spending data is precise, the regulatory burdens are...
  • Do You Know What Today Is?

    07/16/2008 6:05:28 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 17 replies · 149+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 16 july 08 | Doug Bandow
    We stopped paying for government three months ago. Tax Freedom Day was April 23rd. That's when the average American effectively finished paying taxes to government at all levels. But only the average American. Anyone living in a high-tax state, such as Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York, had to work another couple weeks for government. But taxes are a poor measure of the total cost of government. Because of sizable and persistent deficits, total public spending is a better standard of what we pay for government. Even that isn't enough, however. Regulation adds another substantial charge to the bill. Americans...
  • GOP lobbyist had no work permit

    02/21/2008 8:33:12 AM PST · by AuntB · 32 replies · 219+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Feb. 21, 2008 | Lance Williams,Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Staff Writers
    A former California Republican Party official who resigned last year in a controversy over his immigration status had no valid visa or work permit during his high-profile career as a Washington lobbyist for conservative icon Grover Norquist..... Michael Kamburowski, an Australian citizen who served briefly as chief operating officer of the state GOP, worked from 1995 to 2000 as a vice president of Americans for Tax Reform in Washington, D.C., an organization headed by Norquist - an architect of modern conservatism who has advised President Bush and top GOP political leaders. For Norquist, Kamburowski lobbied Congress on dozens of issues,...
  • McCain, Thompson Won't Sign No-Tax Pledge

    01/08/2008 12:56:09 PM PST · by TheThinker · 76 replies · 84+ views
    newsmax.com ^ | Monday, January 7, 2008 9:38 PM
    Among the 2008 presidential field, all but two of the Republican candidates -- Sen. John McCain and Fred Thompson -- have made a written commitment to the American people promising to oppose and veto income tax increases. McCain signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge as a candidate for president in 2000, and has signed and kept the pledge as a senator. For two decades, Americans for Tax Reform has asked all presidential and federal candidates to commit to their constituents, in writing, to oppose any and all efforts to raise income taxes. On the presidential level, every Republican nominee since Ronald...
  • All In the Family

    12/07/2007 2:10:20 PM PST · by bs9021 · 117+ views
    Campus Report ^ | December 7, 2007 | Bethany Stotts
    All In the Family by: Bethany Stotts, December 07, 2007 .... A new report released by Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) reveals that American political nepotism extends not just through the executive branch, but throughout Congress. The report showed that of the 535 Congressional seats (Senators and Representatives), 50 Members had relatives who served as Senators, Representatives, or Governors. The ATR report identified 15 members, 13 from the House and 2 from the Senate, who gained their seats immediately following their relatives’ resignation, retirement, or death. Of these “legacy” Congressional seats: • Four seats were inherited by widows...
  • Read my lips: Sign my tax pledge or else!

    11/10/2007 9:28:39 PM PST · by ilja · 55 replies · 783+ views
    Admiral's Chair ^ | November 9, 2007 | Blogger Josh Painter
    Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, has launched an attack on GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson for Thompson's refusal to sign Norquist's pledge against raising taxes. Team Fred spokeswoman Karen Hanretty explained her candidate's position in an e-mail: Fred Thompson’s record of cutting taxes and pushing for reform speaks for itself. This is the approach he will take as president. He is bound by that principle and does not make a practice of signing pledges. That answer was not good enough for Grover the Security Pushover (more on that further down the column), who told Ronald Kessler of...
  • Read my lips: Sign my tax pledge or...

    11/09/2007 7:27:33 AM PST · by Josh Painter · 37 replies · 369+ views
    Conscience of a Conservatarian ^ | November 8, 2007 | Josh Painter
    Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, has launched an attack on GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson for Thompson's refusal to sign Norquist's pledge against raising taxes. Team Fred spokeswoman Karen Hanretty explained her candidate's position in an e-mail: Fred Thompson’s record of cutting taxes and pushing for reform speaks for itself. This is the approach he will take as president. He is bound by that principle and does not make a practice of signing pledges. That answer was not good enough for Grover the Security Pushover (more on that further down the column), who told Ronald Kessler of...
  • Americans for Tax Reform: Thompson Would Hike Taxes ["Worst" of the Republican candidates]

    11/08/2007 3:10:25 PM PST · by Spiff · 187 replies · 251+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 8 November 2007 | Ronald Kessler
    Reform Group: Thompson Would Hike Taxes Thursday, November 8, 2007 3:05 PMBy: Ronald Kessler When it comes to taxes, Fred Thompson is the "worst" of the Republican presidential candidates, Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, tells Newsmax. GOP hopefuls Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani have both promised not to raise taxes - Romney even signing an ATR pledge not to raise the marginal tax rate. Thompson, on the other hand, has not signed the pledge and has said high-income Medicare beneficiaries may have to pay more for coverage. “Thompson didn’t sign the pledge as a senator, and...
  • Michelle Malkin: Alec Baldwin's new best friend

    10/22/2003 12:09:34 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 32 replies · 627+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Wednesday, October 22, 2003 | Michelle Malkin
    Alec "the Bloviator" Baldwin has a new bosom buddy: Beltway Republican strategist Grover Norquist. The Bush-bashing actor-turned-activist and the Muslim vote-courting political organizer joined together at a Washington, D.C.-area conference last weekend to perpetuate bald lies about the Patriot Act and to oppose the "repressive" War on Terror (repressing terrorist suspects apparently being a bad thing). Baldwin and Norquist's panel, titled "Strange Bedfellows," was sponsored by the ultraliberal group People For the American Way. When PFAW head and panel participant Ralph Neas ranted about the lack of judicial and congressional oversight of the Justice Department's terror investigations, the audience...
  • Ron Paul (First Presidential Candidate to Sign the ATR's Taxpayer Protection Pledge)

    07/01/2007 1:54:04 PM PDT · by Austin Willard Wright · 74 replies · 1,449+ views
    Americans for Tax Reform ^ | December 14, 2006
    Please note that Romney, Brownback, and Hunter are not even on this list from last year. Romney only signed after he heard the call of poltical expediency.
  • He Know's Who You've Been Taxing...

    12/19/2006 11:17:01 AM PST · by PDR · 309+ views
    The D.C. Examiner ^ | December 19, 2006 | Jeff Dufour and Patrick Gavin
    The holidays can sure tax one’s patience, but that’s the only tax the conservative group Americans for Tax Reform want to see this holiday season (or at any other point during the year, for that matter). That’s why its annual holiday card puts tax cut advocates and tax cut enemies into “Naughty” and “Nice” lists. Those who made the “Naughty” list this year are guilty of being one of the following: “Tax Increase Advocate” or “GOP Non Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signer.” And those lucky enough to land on the “Nice” list did so because they are either a “Democrat Taxpayer...
  • ‘Reagan’ called good school name

    04/11/2006 8:53:19 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 29 replies · 1,591+ views
    With less than a week left to suggest names for two new elementary schools in Colorado Springs School District 11, a national group is making a pitch for residents to name one of the schools for the late President Reagan. The goal of the Ronald Reagan Legacy Project is to have schools and other facilities named after the 40th president, whom it credits with ending the Cold War and turning the economy around in the 1980s, said Grover Norquist, chairman of the project and president of Americans for Tax Reform. John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., each have...
  • I.R.S. Finds Sharp Increase in Illegal Political Activity

    02/25/2006 12:00:22 PM PST · by Sarastro · 20 replies · 771+ views
    The New York Times ^ | February 25, 2005 | Stephanie Strom
    The I.R.S. said yesterday that it saw a sharp increase in prohibited political activity by charities and churches in the last election cycle, a trend that it aims to reverse as the country heads into the midterm elections. The tax agency found problems at three-quarters of the 82 organizations it examined after having received complaints about their political activities, according to a report the Internal Revenue Service released. The infractions included distributing materials that encouraged people to vote for particular candidates and giving cash to campaigns. The agency said it was seeking to revoke the exemptions of three organizations but...