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  • National Review Online Contributors Sell Out Conservative Movement on VAT Tax (Ellis vs Williamson)

    10/20/2010 12:06:08 PM PDT · by Andrea19 · 17 replies
    ATR ^ | 10/18/10 | Ryan Ellis
    ...When Mitch Daniels said last week that a VAT as a part of tax reform is worth exploring, he obviously didn't see the damage that a VAT did to Europe. The simple fact is that a VAT in the U.S. would lead, over time, to higher aggregate levels of taxation. It's likely that the other taxes will rise as a VAT grows. The burden of proof is on those who say this won't happen, since the facts of history show otherwise. As for a VAT as a total replacement, that's just not going to happen. If there was ever enough...
  • 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...
  • Fight in the Fourth

    10/18/2010 7:37:49 PM PDT · by Lopedvega · 1 replies
    Times Free Press ^ | 10/16/10 | Dave Flessner
    Fighting against nearly $1 million of campaign ads from three independent groups opposed to his re-election, one of Tennessee’s best-known Democratic “blue dogs” is becoming an attack dog.
  • Is Grover Norquist a Jihaddist Mole?

    09/03/2010 10:03:53 PM PDT · by joeblough_freerepublic · 11 replies
    Most of us are taught to believe that religion is a good thing, that family matters, that one must respect tradition, that the laws of heaven supercede those of men — and you know what, you wouldn’t get a single word of argument from Osama bin Laden himself. But the law of nature’s god, or rather perhaps of God’s nature, are such that if you don’t look deeper than that, you lose, and you lose big-time.
  • Norquist and Gingrich: Debating a Mosque Near Ground Zero

    08/18/2010 2:12:21 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 18, 2010 | Peter Wallsten
    Most political experts believe the opponents of the Ground Zero-area mosque and community center are on the safest ground when it comes to public opinion. While President Barack Obama has supported the Muslim community’s right to build the mosque as a matter of religious freedom, every major potential 2012 GOP White House contender has expressed strong opposition to the project. Now, some in the party, such as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, are expressing doubts about whether focusing on the mosque is appropriate. In remarks to Washington Wire, two leading GOP voices — Newt Gingrich, a vocal critic of the...
  • Grover Norquist's Jihad

    08/09/2010 10:15:27 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 04, 2010 | Pamela Geller
    Grover Norquist's ties to Islamic supremacists and jihadists have been known for years. He and his Palestinian wife, Samah Alrayyes -- who was director of communications for his Islamic Free Market Institute until they married in 2005 -- are very active in "Muslim outreach." Just six weeks after 9/11, The New Republic ran an exposé explaining how Norquist arranged for George W. Bush to meet with fifteen Islamic supremacists at the White House on September 26, 2001 -- to show how Muslims rejected terrorism. It was Norquist who ushered these silver-tongued jihadists into the Oval Office of an incurious president...
  • Norquist To Testify Before Obama Fiscal Commission (Watch Norquist vs Simpson Live 3:00 Eastern Now)

    06/30/2010 11:55:17 AM PDT · by Andrea19 · 18 replies
    ATR ^ | 6/30/10 | John Kartch
    Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist will testify before the Obama fiscal commission today between 3 - 4 pm Eastern Time... Read more:
  • Guns and Free Speech (The NRA sells out to the Dems and aids their re-election)

    06/15/2010 6:43:01 PM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 61 replies · 923+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 16, 2010 | Editorial
    The National Rifle Association is suffering a sudden onset of amnesia this week, as the gun lobby cuts a deal to exempt itself from the latest Congressional attempt to repeal the First Amendment. NRA members may soon regret the organization's bid to ingratiate itself with Democrats at the expense of its longtime free-speech allies. The campaign finance bill, sponsored by Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Chris Van Hollen, is the Democratic response to the Supreme Court's January decision in Citizens United v. FEC, which restored the First Amendment right of corporations, unions and nonprofits to make independent campaign expenditures. At...
  • 2,000 turn out at tea party convention in Dells (Wisconsin)

    03/13/2010 2:04:28 PM PST · by UB355 · 20 replies · 828+ views
    Milwaukee Journal=Sentinel ^ | 3/13/2010 | SCOTT BAUER
    Wisconsin Dells - Republicans and conservative tea party members railed against health care reform, global warming legislation and government spending at a convention Saturday that attracted about 2,000 people. The meeting, organized by the conservative group Americans for Prosperity and dubbed an unofficial tea party convention, brought together numerous Republican officeholders, party leaders and candidates in addition to national speakers like "Joe the Plumber" and Michael Reagan, the son of former President Ronald Reagan. Speakers said they were defending America's freedoms by opposing cap-and-trade energy proposals, tax increases, health care reform and economic stimulus bills backed by Democrats. "We are...
  • GOP's Job #1?

    03/08/2010 6:04:51 PM PST · by LSUfan · 8 replies · 115+ views
    Center for Security Policy ^ | 8 March 10 | Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
    One of the most influential conservatives in America this weekend gave a sneak peek at a soon-to-be-published book he has written calling for a "New Republican Party." (The ground rules of the meeting were off the record; the book will be out soon, though, so stay tuned for much more about it.) The author underscored that for the sort of improved GOP we need, "national security must be Job #1." Unfortunately, as noted in this space two weeks ago, it seems that for a some prominent Republican/conservatives, to paraphrase the "Open Borders" crowd, national security is a job Americans don't...
  • Calling out Grover Norquist

    03/12/2010 10:45:08 AM PST · by neverdem · 26 replies · 654+ views
    Jihad Watch ^ | March 11, 2010 | Robert Spencer
    Last week Pamela Geller wrote this at [1] The American Thinker: The Freedom Defense Initiative, a new organization I started with author and scholar Robert Spencer, hosted its inaugural event to an enthusiastic standing-room-only crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 19. But this event was at CPAC, not of CPAC. Could this be because of the influence of conservative kingmaker and power-broker Grover Norquist, who is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Conservative Union, which hosts CPAC? The only event concerning the war on America at CPAC was worse than nothing at all:...
  • A Hidden Tax On Cap Gains In ObamaCare?

    03/11/2010 5:14:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 841+ views ^ | March 11, 2010 | GROVER NORQUIST
    Investors who have been paying close attention to the tax provisions of ObamaCare for the past year are no strangers to its new tax increases. There are tax hikes on medical device manufacturers, health insurance company CEOs, families of special needs children and (strangest of all) tanning salons. Yet the White House's "compromise" health care outline released in February contains a damaging new tax hike on investors — a 2.9% surtax on "unearned income." There is a high probability that this surtax will apply not only to interest and dividends, but also to capital gains. The tax rate on investment...
  • Grover Norquist: Sarah Palin for President 2012 Looks Unlikely

    03/04/2010 12:17:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies · 1,170+ views
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | March 4, 2010 | Robert Schlesinger
    Americans for Tax Reform's Grover Norquist, one of the conservative movement's top leaders, sat down with U.S. News editors and reporters recently to talk about the lay of the political land. When talk turned to 2012 prospects, he had interesting takes on a number of contenders, but one name he didn't include on his list of those running was former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. When asked about a potential Palin candidacy, Norquist said he didn't think she's in it. He said: I don't think Palin's running. She didn't go to CPAC. She had $100,000 to go speak to 600 people...
  • CPAC, Libertarians And Ron Paul - What A Conservative Isn't

    03/03/2010 7:14:12 AM PST · by massmike · 61 replies · 1,050+ views ^ | 03/03/2010 | Don Feder
    This is not about the libertarian freak-show that the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) has become. (“See the bearded lady pushing gays in the military and fighting the war on terrorism the way the French fought World War II.”) Nor is it meant to be an indictment of Congressman Ron Paul — who is to serious political debate what Comedy Central is to philosophical inquiry. Neither is it about Grover Norquist’s attempts to make the conservative movement jihad-friendly. Norquist — who sits on the board of the American Conservative Union, CPAC’s parent organization — is the godfather of the Islamic...
  • Grover Norquist Explains Why He Endorsed John McCain In Race Against Conservative Opponent

    03/02/2010 6:56:51 PM PST · by theanchoragedailyruse · 20 replies · 562+ views
    Talk Radio News Service ^ | March 2, 2010 | Geoff Holtzman
    Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist tells Talk Radio News Service that he endorsed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is his Senate re-election race against conservative Republican J.D. Hayworth because McCain has been staunchly opposed to raising taxes throughout his career in politics. (:24)
  • Sinking By The Stern

    03/01/2010 5:07:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 539+ views ^ | 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...
  • CPAC's Grover Norquist Joins Obama Push For Illegal Alien Amnesty

    02/25/2010 4:48:08 PM PST · by JLWORK · 28 replies · 756+ views
    David Horowitz's ^ | February 25, 2010 | John L. Work
    Here’s a first-hand story of the effects of illegal immigration. Both my parents died of cancer. Toward the end of my mother’s life, my brothers and I took her to hospitals more times than we care to remember, for life-prolonging procedures – until there was nothing more that could be done. During her final month I took her to the local Hospital Emergency Room one night. We arrived at about 10:30 p.m. and found the waiting room literally filled with non-English-speaking Latinos. None of the people ahead of us appeared to have an emergency or to be in great distress....
  • CPAC betrays America on immigration

    02/20/2010 3:43:54 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 39 replies · 1,383+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | February 20, 2010 | Tom Tancredo
    It's that time of year again. Pundits, pollsters and lobbyists are gathering in the nation's capital to tell conservative activists how to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. ... This year, the Beltway leaders of conservatism are racing hard to catch up with a parade they did not launch and cannot control. Across America, grass-roots patriots and anti-Obama protests have changed the political landscape in ways conservatism's entrenched Beltway Politburo did not anticipate. ... The greatest threat in 1960 was international – how to deal with the threat of Soviet communism and the "missile gap" – and anti-communism was...
  • Conservative manifesto coming soon

    02/12/2010 10:47:56 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 65 replies · 1,505+ views
    Conservative manifesto coming soon By: Kenneth P. Vogel February 12, 2010 12:54 PM EST With conservatives grappling among themselves for control of their movement — and the Republican Party — a group of more than 80 prominent conservative thinkers are set to unveil their version of a mission statement for the right. What they are calling “the Mount Vernon Statement” in homage to George Washington will be unveiled and signed Wednesday — on the eve of the annual gathering in Washington of the establishment right, the Conservative Political Action Conference. The big names attached to it include former Attorney General...
  • An Odd Couple Takes Aim at Rahm Emanuel

    12/24/2009 6:24:55 AM PST · by cdchik123 · 4 replies · 601+ views
    ny times ^ | 12/24/09 | jackie calmes
    Ideological opposites Jane Hamsher and Grover Norquist have found common ground in a common enemy: Rahm Emanuel, the influential White House chief of staff. In one of the strangest odd-couplings since James Carville and Mary Matalin married, Ms. Hamsher, a prominent liberal blogger, and Mr. Norquist, a longtime conservative activist, jointly wrote to the Justice Department on Wednesday demanding an investigation of Mr. Emanuel’s past dealings with Freddie Mac, the failed housing finance giant, and calling for his immediate resignation. The action is less surprising for Mr. Norquist, a familiar provocateur in a Republican Party that would like nothing better...
  • Jane Hamsher, Grover Norquist Call for Rahm Emanuel’s Resignation

    12/23/2009 8:03:32 PM PST · by Lorianne · 35 replies · 1,600+ views
    firedoglake ^ | December 23, 2009 | Jane Hamsher
    Today, Grover Norquist and I are calling for an investigation into Rahm Emanuel’s activities at Freddie Mac, and the White House’s blocking of an Inspector General who would look into it. The letter follows: December 23, 2009 Attorney General of the United States of America U.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530-0001 Dear Attorney General Holder: We write to demand an immediate investigation into the activities of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. We believe there is an abundant public record which establishes that the actions of the White House have blocked any investigation into...
  • FireDogLake: Resign Rahm! (I signed the petition)

    12/23/2009 3:07:16 PM PST · by Jenny Hatch · 7 replies · 681+ views
    The Natural Family Blog ^ | December 23, 2009 | Jane Hamsher
    This is a huge story, go sign the petition! Jane Hamsher, Grover Norquist Call for Rahm Emanuel’s Resignation
  • Free Republic Founder Joins Boycott Of CPAC

    12/21/2009 12:14:29 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 300 replies · 14,222+ views
    Free Republic ^ | 12-21-09
    The founder of the website "Free Republic", Jim Robinson, has joined a growing boycott of the CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) due to a homosexual activist group sponsoring the event. GOProud, a group that advocates same-sex "marriage," a repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, and "expanding access to domestic partner benefits" for homosexuals, is listed as a sponsor of the event at CPAC's website. Mr. Robinson has joined a number of conservative activists including Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr., Liberty Counsel founder and chairman Mat Staver, and Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of...
  • U.N. push for world government, advocates approval of key building block: Law of the Sea Treaty

    09/05/2005 8:59:17 AM PDT · by Paul Ross · 58 replies · 2,126+ views
    The Center For Security Policy ^ | August 31, 2005 | Frank Gaffney
    Decision Brief No. 05-D 44 2005-08-31 On eve of U.N. push for global government, advocates urge Senate to approve a building block: The Law of the Sea Treaty (Washington, D.C.): As concern grows that the United Nations is intent on replacing what the National Security Guidance calls "an orderly arrangement of sovereign states" with a proto-world government - complete with the ability to impose international taxes, a new push is being made for a treaty that would advance that purpose: the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST). This sovereignty-sapping agenda is at the heart of a dispute now playing...
  • Serve, Don’t Dictate: Long-Time Conservative D.C. Insiders Need To Go

    11/19/2009 7:38:22 AM PST · by AJKauf · 14 replies · 631+ views
    PAjamas Media ^ | November 18 | Adam Graham
    In a men’s room in Minneapolis, former Senator Larry Craig indignantly asked an undercover police officer: “Do you know who I am?” The cop didn’t know who Craig was, and many beltway bigshots should learn a lesson from that: time to lose the ego and take a hard look at how little you matter to the American voter. I thought of Craig when reading how Grover Norquist has issued orders to potential Republican presidential candidates. Mike Huckabee is supposed to make sure that Republicans defeat Senator Blanche Lincoln or Arkansas, and Rudy Giuliani needs to run for governor of New...
  • FBI probe biggest plot since 9/11

    11/19/2009 9:39:39 AM PST · by AuntB · 60 replies · 2,553+ views
    BBC ^ | Nov. 18, 2009 | Sima Kotecha
    The FBI is worried a group linked to al-Qaeda is training up a new generation of terrorists. They're thought to be targeting young Somali immigrants, radicalising them to carry out attacks on their home country and possibly the US in the future. The grey high rise flats in Cedar-Riverside, Minneapolis, are clustered together and are home to hundreds of Somali immigrants. It's not clear why teenagers like these are giving up their comfortable lives in America and returning to their war torn homeland. But over the past three years, authorities believe 20 young Somali men have gone back to fight...
  • Norquist Says "Future Justice Department" Should Investigate Handling of Stimulus Money - Video

    08/31/2009 11:01:32 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 2 replies · 198+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 31, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of Grover Norquist, of Americans for Tax Reform, saying today on MSNBC that a future Justice Department needs to go back and see how all the Stimulus Money was distributed, following the lead of Attorney General Eric Holder who has decided to go after CIA officials who carried out interrogations of terror suspects during the Bush years . . . . (Watch Video)
  • The Other Side of the Health Care Debate the Matador Media Should Be Having

    06/30/2009 3:48:38 PM PDT · by UnalienablyRight · 2 replies · 306+ views ^ | 06/30/2009 | Seton Motley
    ...The most recent high-water mark in media health care bias was last Wednesday, when ABC broadcast on four separate occasions from the White House during what they said was a day of their "moderating" a health care "conversation" with President Barack Obama. So we decided to offer up the other side of the deliberation in which ABC - and the media as a whole - aren't engaging.
  • What George Will missed: The decrepit state of the California GOP

    05/04/2009 4:28:37 PM PDT · by cold666pack · 23 replies · 1,168+ views ^ | May 4, 2009 | Michelle Malkin
    What George Will missed: The decrepit state of the California GOP By Michelle Malkin  ?  May 4, 2009 02:21 PM George Will?s latest column on the sagging economy of California and the upcoming slate of massive tax-hike initiatives on the ballot only scratches the surface of what?s rotten in the formerly Golden State. The state GOP is a basket case. The party establishment epitomizes everything that is wrong with the Republican Party nationally: Cronyism, arrogance, waste, and leadership out of touch with its base. I reported on how grass-roots conservatives greeted California GOP chairman Ron Nehring with boos and heckles of ?Go...
  • Tancredo: Jindal politically dead; Grover Norquist should be jailed

    03/10/2009 4:37:20 PM PDT · by pissant · 58 replies · 1,952+ views
    Colorado Independent ^ | 2/28/09 | John Tomasic
    At CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, which is being held in D.C. this week, former Rep. Tom Tancredo joined the fireworks brigade by brushing off party leader Rush Limbaugh and blasting GOP leading light Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Later, at a meeting of the Young Americans for Western Civilization, Tancredo told The Washington Independent’s David Weigel that “Gang of Five” neocon and anti-tax champion Grover Norquist should be jailed for advancing the cause of Muslim terrorism at the highest levels of U.S. government. Think Progress has the super close-up video of firebrand Tancredo on Jindal:
  • Was CPAC an Epic Fail?

    03/01/2009 8:53:36 AM PST · by AJKauf · 132 replies · 3,229+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | February 28 | Patrick Poole
    This year I had the pleasure to be one of the official bloggers for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which is winding down as I write. But rather than writing an action report with a long “to-do” list for fellow conservatives, I feel like writing an obituary for the conservative movement would be more appropriate. On the positive side of the ledger, this was a rare opportunity to meet many top conservative bloggers and put faces with the names. That said, however, those of us inhabiting the official bloggers row, sponsored this year by Pajamas Media, are clearly considered...
  • The Winning Agenda

    07/06/2008 5:29:48 PM PDT · by Delacon · 24 replies · 136+ views
    CATO Institute ^ | May 23, 2008 | Richard W. Rahn
    If you knew that a recent Zogby International survey found 59 percent of the respondents described themselves as "fiscally conservative and socially liberal," and if you were a head of a political party wanting to put together a winning platform, what would you do?The question is not all that tough, but both Republican and Democrat leaders have yet to get it right. The Republicans, after losing three straight, off-year special congressional elections, are in a panic about what to do to renew their "brand." The Democrats naively think they are in great shape, even though they only have an...
  • Norquist’s Muslim Protégés

    06/03/2008 7:57:45 AM PDT · by Victory111 · 11 replies · 265+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 6-3-08 | Paul Sperry
    If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That appears to be the strategy of GOP powerbroker Grover Norquist in his wicked project to dress Islamists up as patriotic Republicans so they can infiltrate the government. While he’s managed to get some of his Muslim proteges jobs in the Bush administration, getting them elected to public office has been another story. Voters aren’t buying their makeover.
  • Norquist's Muslim Protégés--Terror ties dash their political hopes.

    06/03/2008 4:28:11 AM PDT · by SJackson · 16 replies · 246+ views ^ | June 03, 2008 | Paul Sperry
    If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. That appears to be the strategy of GOP powerbroker Grover Norquist in his wicked project to dress Islamists up as patriotic Republicans so they can infiltrate the government. While he's managed to get some of his Muslim proteges jobs in the Bush administration, getting them elected to public office has been another story. Voters aren't buying their makeover. Last November, his crony Faisal M. Gill lost a bid for a seat in the Virginia state legislature. Now another protege, Kamal M. Nawash, has lost his third political race in seven years....
  • Judge dismisses suit of ex-GOP state official (Illegal alien Kamburowski)

    05/24/2008 12:39:53 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 14 replies · 226+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | May 24, 2008 | Lance Williams, Carla Marinucci
    A former California Republican Party official's false-arrest lawsuit against U.S. immigration authorities has been thrown out of court. A federal judge in Brooklyn, N.Y., ruled last month that immigration officers did nothing wrong when they jailed Michael Kamburowski, 35, on a deportation warrant in 2004, three years before he was hired as chief operating officer for the California GOP. Kamburowski, an Australian citizen, had sued in 2005, seeking $5 million damages from the government. The lawsuit was pending when state party chief Ron Nehring hired him in March 2007 to oversee the state party's finances, but party officials said they...
  • Norquist Buying in Bulk (Norquist to marry Samah Alrayyes)

    09/23/2004 9:00:28 AM PDT · by mabelkitty · 25 replies · 2,089+ views
    The Hill ^ | 9/23/2004 | Albert Eisele and Jeff Dufour
    Attention all prospective Republican lobbyists: K Street kingmaker Grover Norquist has announced his wedding date, so you’ll know when to send gifts. Problem is, the location and the gift registry are still up in the air. Norquist, 47, will exchange vows with 31-year-old Samah Alrayyes of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on Saturday, April 2, 2005, he has revealed, although he told The Hill last week that he promised his bride-to-be the wedding will not turn into a political event. A source at USAID said Norquist joked that the couple should register at Costco. It makes sense, given...
  • 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,...
  • As McCain Wins, Critics on Right Look Again

    01/31/2008 10:03:47 PM PST · by Plutarch · 39 replies · 164+ views
    The New York Times ^ | February 1, 2008 | David D. Kirkpatrick
    WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain has long aroused almost unanimous opposition from the leaders of the right. Accusing him of crimes against conservative orthodoxy like voting against a big tax cut and opposing a federal ban on same-sex marriage, conservative activists have agitated for months to thwart his Republican presidential primary campaign. That, however, was before he emerged this week as the party’s front-runner. Since his victory in the Florida primary, the growing possibility that Mr. McCain may carry the Republican banner in November is causing anguish to the right. Some, including James C. Dobson and Rush Limbaugh, say it...
  • Tax Guru Grover Norquist talks to Brody File About Huckabee

    01/10/2008 3:41:44 AM PST · by unspun · 8 replies · 220+ views ^ | December 3, 2007 | David Brody
    <p>Grover Norquist, president of the influential group Americans for Tax Reform told The Brody File today that while he has some reservations about Mike Huckabee's past record on taxes, he also is comfortable with Huckabee's present actions and thinks, "we should accept converts."  Read the quotes from him below.</p>
  • 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...
  • The Dean Wing of the Republican Party (Mitt Romney)

    10/15/2007 10:19:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies · 108+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | October 16, 2007 | Debra Saunders
    It's pretty clear that Mitt Romney made a big mistake over the weekend when he told voters that he speaks for "the Republican wing of the Republican Party." Romney handed rivals Rudy Giuliani and John McCain the opportunity to remind GOP primary voters about the Old Romney, who was pro-abortion rights and courted gay voters when he ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate, then successfully for governor of Massachusetts. That's the Romney, who while debating Sen. Ted Kennedy in 1994, proclaimed: "I was an independent during the time of Reagan-Bush. I'm not trying to return to Reagan-Bush." Of course the...
  • A Tax-and-Spend Orgy

    09/25/2007 6:39:52 PM PDT · by Delacon · 12 replies · 286+ views
    National Review Online ^ | September 25, 2007 | Grover G. Norquist
    Congressional Democrats are attempting to make a down-payment on HillaryCare 2.0. Every time Congress spends new money on a government program it adds to the bill that taxpayers must pay. The taxpayer is the “forgotten man” who never gets mentioned when Congress pats itself on the back for adding to the federal-spending leviathan. Such is the case once again this week on Capitol Hill. Going against their promises to be “new Democrats,” the Democrat congressional majority will attempt to raise taxes and spending, all to make a down-payment on HillaryCare 2.0. The socialized medicine bill they will pass this week...
  • New Propaganda from The Club for Growth (in China)

    09/03/2007 6:37:53 AM PDT · by dennisw · 127 replies · 1,262+ views
    americaneconomicalert. ^ | Monday, August 20, 2007 | William R. Hawkins
    Beijing’s state-run Xinhua news service was quick to herald the latest lobbying effort on China’s behalf launched by the Club for Growth, a libertarian organization dedicated to electing public officials who agree with its free trade ideology. “More than 1,000 top American economists have signed a petition to urge Congress not to impose protectionist measures against China,” read the story filed by Xinhua from Washington on August 3. What the Club for Growth is protesting are two bills passed by the Senate Finance and Banking Committees seeking to pressure Beijing to cease its currency manipulation, a practice that gives producers...
  • Good ol' boys empty GOP

    06/28/2007 7:32:20 AM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies · 869+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/28/7 | Debra J. Saunders
    THE GOP has a guy problem. Even after Veep Dick Cheney shot a friend in a hunting accident, he still hunts. In California, GOP biggies injure their comrades in a less ballistic manner. State party chairman Ron Nehring is under fire for handpicking an Australian immigrant -- who was ordered deported in 2001, was jailed on visa violations in 2004 and has filed a $5 million wrongful arrest lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security -- to be the party's chief operations officer. Under Nehring, the party also sought an H-1B visa so that a Canadian citizen could serve...
  • Environmentalist helps Abramoff probe

    06/06/2007 5:29:39 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 6 replies · 402+ views
    AP-San Luis Obispo Tribune ^ | June 6, 2007 | MATT APUZZO
    WASHINGTON --The head of a Republican environmental advocacy group is set to plead guilty in the Jack Abramoff scandal and is cooperating with an FBI investigation into corruption involving Congress and the Bush administration, two people close to the case said Wednesday. Italia Federici served as a go-between for Abramoff, the once-powerful lobbyist, and J. Steven Griles, the deputy interior secretary during President Bush's first term, prosecutors said Wednesday in documents charging her with tax evasion and obstructing a Senate inquiry into the Abramoff scandal. Under a deal with the Justice Department, she must cooperate with authorities and is identifying...
  • Sen. Fred Thompson's Campaign Finance Investigation Riles His Own Party (A blast from the past)

    03/22/2007 9:40:54 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 170 replies · 3,413+ views
    National Review ^ | April 7, 1997 | Rich Lowry
    In a March 3 memo, the Senior Minority Counsel on the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee outlines for Sen. John Glenn (Ohio) what he hopes will be the ranking Democrat's contribution to the Asiagate investigation — 11 subpoenas on conservative activist groups. The list, since forwarded to committee chairman Fred Thompson (R., Tenn.), reads like a "Who's Who" of the conservative movement, including Citizens for a Sound Economy, the Christian Coalition, and Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform. In mid March, Senate Republicans agreed to open the door to this potential harassment of their allies after a high-stakes battle over the...
  • Newt and None of the Above Talk of CPAC

    03/04/2007 9:05:30 AM PST · by Reagan Man · 85 replies · 1,117+ views
    Human Events ^ | March 4 2007 | John Gizzi
    Although there will no doubt be a winner in their straw poll of Republican presidential favorites for ’08, many participants at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington March 1-3 voiced to me dissatisfaction with the current field -- all of whom except John McCain addressed the conclave of 6,000-plus conservatives at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. “I haven’t given it much thought,” Jennifer Graf, who managed the winning anti-affirmative action initiative in Michigan last November, told me when I asked her favorite for the GOP in ’08. Similarly, Diane Schachterle, who works in the office of affirmative action foe...
  • Christian Right Labors to Find ’08 Candidate {HUNTER Mentioned]

    02/24/2007 10:47:48 AM PST · by BunnySlippers · 42 replies · 814+ views
    New York Times ^ | 02/24/07 | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
    Christian Right Labors to Find ’08 Candidate WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 — A group of influential Christian conservatives and their allies emerged from a private meeting at a Florida resort this month dissatisfied with the Republican presidential field and uncertain where to turn. The event was a meeting of the Council for National Policy, a secretive club whose few hundred members include Dr. James C. Dobson of Focus on the Family, the Rev. Jerry Falwell of Liberty University and Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform. Although little known outside the conservative movement, the council has become a pivotal stop for...
  • Republican Border Wars

    11/18/2006 6:07:13 AM PST · by peyton randolph · 78 replies · 1,305+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/27/2006 | Duncan Currie
    -snip- But not all conservatives agree about the House Republicans. Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist thinks there has always been a functioning House majority for comprehensive immigration reform. So what happened last summer? "The radio talk-show hosts got out there and poisoned the atmosphere," says Norquist, who worries that being overly harsh on immigration contributed to the GOP's loss of Congress. -snip-