Grover Norquist, the founder and president of American For Tax Reform (an organization of such prestige and intellect that Ted Nugent himself asks you to join, when you open their web page), has undergone some rough times lately. As ‘Fiscal Cliff’ discussions begin in earnest, conservative leading lights such as Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Peter King (R-NY) and John McCain (R-AZ) have all indicated their readiness to abandon Graham’s ‘Taxpayer Protection Pledge.’ The pledge, which has served as a de facto loyalty oath for Republicans seeking federal office for the last 20 years, has been the ideological stumbling block tripping up the United States in education, health care reform, infrastructure and technology races among industrialized countries. Many conservatives — faced with the reality of mandatory economic reform — are suddenly ready to talk compromise, and Norquist doesn’t like it.
In a CNN interview aired today, Norquist fired back at the Republicans who have expressed a desire to behave reasonably in their capacity as legislators saying his group would, “certainly highlight who has kept their commitment and who hasn’t.”
You can watch the whole interview in the video below:
If it seems strange to hear a man defend a two decades old ‘no-tax’ pledge in the face of America’s fiscal dilemmas, you have to understand that Norquist and his group are a lobby for extremely wealthy business owners. His lobbying group is where they spend their money (tax-free, of course) to keep Grover and his staff on retainer to prevent themselves from having to pay taxes. Norquist then uses the money to either strong-arm or buy legislators, and curry favor with the part of the population that think that Ted Nugent is a political pundit.
Norquist is not in the business of ‘steering away from the fiscal cliff,’ quite the opposite. Norquist and the people whose interests he serves are only in favor of maintaining a status quo, where they pay they contribute a smaller percentage year after year.They’re well prepared for any economic crisis the country will face.