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Grover Norquist Discusses CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf (and more...)

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Posted by Zoe Crain on Monday, November 24th, 2014, 3:00 PM PERMALINK


Damian Paletta of the Wall Street Journal highlighted criticism of CBO director Douglas Elmendorf.

Grover Norquist, president of conservative antitax group Americans for Tax Reform, said he sent a letter to House and Senate GOP leaders on Friday calling for Mr. Elmendorf to go. He criticized the CBO director’s economic scoring models for the Affordable Care Act and the 2009 economic stimulus law. He also ticked through a number of CBO decisions, including its analysis of a 2013 immigration bill, alleging the agency hasn’t been consistent or transparent.

In the Hill, Bernie Becker detailed more of Norquist’s criticism.

Norquist also charged that Elmendorf only used dynamic scoring- which projects that large fiscal or tax changes can affect economic growth- on the Senate’s immigration bill in 2013. Norquist and top GOP lawmakers, like Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), have called dynamic scoring little more than common sense, and want to use it to help ease the path for tax reform as well.

Newsmax’s Greg Richter covered an op-ed published by Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist and director of state affairs Patrick Gleason.

In an opinion piece for Reuters, Norquist and Patrick Gleason, both of Americans for Tax Reform, say Walker’s fight against public unions and advocacy for lower taxes mirror Coolidge’s own background.

Coolidge, who was president from 1923 to 1929, would be “a smart model for the party,” the two wrote. “He reined in spending and reduced tax rates at a time when it was as needed as it is today. President Ronald Reagan admired Coolidge so much that he hung a portrait of the 30th president in his Cabinet Room”

Mary Spicuzza and Matthew DeFour of the Wisconsin State Journal also wrote about this op-ed:

Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, penned a Thursday opinion piece for Reuters focused on why Walker would be a good choice for the GOP presidential nominee in 2016. In it, he argued that when looking forward to 2016, Republicans should look back- way back- to former President Calvin Coolidge, who served from 1923 to 1929.

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ATR's Patrick Gleason Details Future for Tax Reform (and more...)

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Posted by Zoe Crain on Thursday, November 13th, 2014, 4:30 PM PERMALINK


Patrick Gleason, director of state affairs at Americans for Tax Reform, wrote an op-ed for Forbes highlighting the influence of tax-based policy in the midterm election results.

The Tillis and Brownback victories send a clear message to state lawmakers across the country. Rate reducing tax reform isn’t just good policy, it’s good politics. Over a dozen states are set to pursue such tax reform in 2015, and the fact that Thom Tillis is heading to the U.S. Senate and Gov. Sam Brownback has another four years in office makes it much more likely that a tax cutting wave will sweep the states in 2015.

Mike Godfrey of Tax-News.com wrote a piece regarding the proposed internet sales tax, which Speaker Boehner has publicly opposed.

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) welcome Boehner’s stand against the Bill, and its president Grover Norquist warned that “too many politicians in state capitals and Washington have looked at the internet only as a way to raise taxes. They want to tax internet access; they want to tax internet sales. Boehner has drawn a line in the sand saying the American people come first and politicians need to keep their hands off the internet.

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Grover Norquist Applauds Speaker Boehner's Fight Against Internet Sales Tax (and more...)

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Posted by Zoe Crain on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014, 3:44 PM PERMALINK


The Hill’s Bernie Becker wrote about Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist’s reaction to Speaker Boehner’s announcement that he would fight against online sales tax proposals.

“Obama says yes to taxing the Internet, Reid says yes to taxing the Internet,” Norquist, the founder of Americans for Tax Reform, said in a statement. “Speaker Boehner just said ‘hell no’ to taxing the Internet. Boehner wins. The American consumer wins.”

Connor Wolf of the Daily Caller wrote an article regarding a United Auto Workers union establishing itself at a Volkswagen plant whose employees have voted against unionization.

However, some see this as circumventing the workers’ wishes. Matt Patterson, executive director at the Center for Worker Freedom, said in a statement, “The commitment of the company to allow this outside organization, which has decimated auto jobs in Detroit and left entire companies and cities bankrupt, is a betrayal of the VW workers who gave a loud and clear ‘No!’ to the UAW, by a vote of 712 to 626.”

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Grover Norquist Comments on Priorities for Republican-Controlled Congress

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Posted by Zoe Crain on Monday, November 10th, 2014, 1:36 PM PERMALINK


Rebecca Shabad of the Hill wrote an article speculating about the first priorities for a Republican-controlled Congress.

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, said the Republican Congress should first quickly appoint a new director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and get in place new leadership at the Joint Tax Committee, which is made up of the Senate Finance Committee chairman and the chairman of the House Ways and Means panel. CBO and that panel would be responsible for estimating the costs of tax reform legislation.

Passing tax reform through reconciliation, Norquist noted, would only allow the measure to last 10 years, short of the permanent fix Republicans say is necessary. 

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Comprehensive amnesty is dead no thanks to Grover and his corrupt paymasters.


Grover Norquist Discusses North Carolina Senatorial Candidates

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Posted by Zoe Crain on Monday, November 3rd, 2014, 12:17 PM PERMALINK


Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, wrote an op-ed for the Huffington Post regarding North Carolina Senatorial candidate Sean Haugh.

Haugh is open to higher taxes. Not only did Thom Tillis, the Republican nominee, pass one of the most pro-growth tax relief packages ever to come out of any state, he has committed to oppose efforts to raise federal taxes if elected to the U.S. Senate. Haugh, in contrast, refuses to make such a commitment to North Carolina taxpayers.

Americans for Tax Reform’s director of state affairs, Patrick Gleason, was quoted in a Slate article written by Betsy Woodruff about the importance of reelection Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

Patrick Gleason, the director of state affairs at Americans for Tax Reform, said a Walker loss “will scare a lot of governors across the country.”

“That will send a message: Don’t do this, because you very well might not survive,” he said. “If Walker prevails, it’s going to embolden a lot of governors and lawmakers across the country. You’re going to see a lot of governors and lawmakers in other states get spines- or get stronger spines- than they had prior to Walker’s reelection.”

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Grover Norquist Discusses Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (and more...)

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Posted by Zoe Crain on Thursday, October 30th, 2014, 12:54 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist was quoted in a Bloomberg Politics article written by David Weigel about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

“If Walker lost, four or five states would do maybe half of what Wisconsin’s done,” says Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist.

“There’d be some nibbling at the edges, and some postmortems on how he defunded the left. If he wins, twelve to fifteen states would   copy Wisconsin. I mean, who wouldn’t? If the combined forces of the AFL-CIO and all their allies can’t beat him, why not do teacher tenure reform, why not make union membership voluntary, why not phase out the income tax? You get twelve states to do what Wisconsin did, and the Democratic Party would have to find several billionaires to make up the lost revenue.”

Townhall’s Cal Thomas wrote an article about former Gov. Jeb Bush’s comment that he would be willing to raise taxes, and its implications should he decide to run for president in 2016.

Norquist and other anti-tax advocates perhaps see in Bush’s comment a replay of his father’s pledge at the 1988 Republican National Convention: “Read my lips: no new taxes.” He violated that pledge when congressional Democrats promised to cut spending in exchange for tax increases. Bush raised taxes. Democrats did not cut spending. Many have long believed that broken promise contributed to his failure to win a second term.

Steve Byas of the New American wrote about the possibility of former Gov. Jeb Bush running for president, and the reaction of Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist.

“Jeb stabbed Republicans in the back just when they were unified in insisting on major spending cuts with no tax increases,” Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform told the Washington Times.

Norquist was referencing Bush’s comments that he could accept a budget deal in which taxes were raised by $1 for every $10 in spending cuts that the Democrats would agree to. Norquist was enraged, particularly because the Democrats had not even offered any such deal. 

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Grover Norquist Appears on Bloomberg TV's "Street Smart"

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Posted by Zoe Crain on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014, 5:26 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist appeared on Bloomberg TV’s “Street Smart,” hosted by Matt Miller, where he discussed Americans renouncing their U.S. citizenships in response to a harsh new tax law. An excerpt of his comments is below:

Two things happened. One is we have the worldwide tax system, so that when an American works overseas, they pay over there and here. Second, we have higher rates than everybody else, on the corporate level, and even sometimes on the individual level. So, it wasn’t quite so bad when we had lower corporate taxes and lower personal taxes- 28%, under Reagan- but now it’s become a bigger problem. 

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Grover Norquist to Appear on Yahoo's Election Night Special

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Posted by Zoe Crain on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014, 12:08 PM PERMALINK


As Dylan Byers wrote in Politico, Grover Norquist will appear on Yahoo’s special coverage of the midterm elections, hosted by David Gregory.

The midterm special will be a one-time appearance for Gregory, though he may be eyeing a longer-term deal with the digital news site. Gregory will appear will Yahoo’s Couric and Matt Bai, as well as POLITICO’s Mike Allen and Americans for Tax Reform founder Grover Norquist.

Americans for Tax Reform director of state affairs, Patrick Gleason, wrote an op-ed for Forbes with updates on campaign battles in Wisconsin and North Carolina.

Prior to passage of the historic tax reform act that Speaker Tillis shepherded through the state legislature last year, North Carolina had one of the worst business tax climates in the country, ranking 44th out of 50 on the Tax Foundation index. Thanks to the 2013 North Carolina tax reform- which took the top personal income tax rate from 7.75 percent to 5.8 percent and brought the corporate rate from 6.9 to 6.0 percent- North Carolina has rocketed from 44th to 16th best business tax climate.

Josh Peterson of Watchdog.com wrote an article regarding the political battle over rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft.

Republican Party luminaries, such as anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, have wasted little time trying to use Uber’s local regulatory battles as an opportunitiy to reach younger and more tech-savvy voters.  

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Democrats Grow Tired of President Obama

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Posted by Zoe Crain on Monday, October 27th, 2014, 3:48 PM PERMALINK


A New York Times article today detailed a change of heart for the “hope and change” fanatics of 2008, specifically that liberals are finally beginning to tire of President Obama.

The article, written by Jonathan Martin and Julie Hirschfeld Davis, writes:

Bracing for a difficult election in just over a week, when they could lose control of the Senate, Democrats exasperated with the White House are already moving to pin blame on President Obama…

Who can blame them? In the easiest game ever of “pin the failure on the donkey,” there’s no shortage of fodder to exhaust Democrats with the President’s performance.

This past year alone, the country’s been victim to a mismanaged IRS targeting scandal, a crippling taxpayer burden in the form of Obamacare, empty threats to ISIS and now a poorly handled Ebola response.

The President seems desperate for the spotlight, as he’s said that while he may not be on the ballot (what a shame,) his policies are. This rhetoric doesn’t sit well with campaign operatives.

Paul Begala, a Democratic strategist, said he was puzzled over how a president who so appreciates the power of words could have been so careless.

“This is Politics 101: Always make it about the voters, not about yourself,” Mr. Begala said. “I don’t understand it. It was an unforced error at a time we can ill afford them.”

This sentiment isn’t restricted just to Democrats, however. Earlier this month, an ABC News/Washington Post poll pegged the President’s approval at the lowest point since he’s been in office.

As this plays out on the campaign trail, Democratic candidates are running away full speed from the outstretched arms of the White House, who appears to be more of a hindrance than help. In Maryland, exasperated voters got up and left the arena while the President spoke.

The Times article continues,

Yet at times, Mr. Obama’s actions and those of his political team have seemed off key to the point of damaging to fellow Democrats. Many of them cringed this month when the first lady, Michelle Obama, traveled to Iowa to campaign for Bruce Braley, a Democratic candidate for the Senate, in one of the nation’s closest races and referred to him repeatedly as “Bruce Bailey.” She returned to the state on Tuesday and joked about the mistake, but when the White House distributed the transcript of her remarks, it referred to Mr. Braley as a candidate for governor.

While supporting President Obama was once cool and trendy, the fad seems to have dissipated as voters, candidates and operatives alike now realize the bad bill of goods they were sold. As the President meets a dead end on the campaign trail, perhaps he can find his way back to the White House and work to repair some of the damage he’s caused.

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Grover Norquist Named Among The Hill's "Top Grassroots Lobbyists of 2014" (and more...)

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Posted by Zoe Crain on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014, 12:18 PM PERMALINK


The Hill named Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist as one of their “Top Grassroots Lobbyists of 2014.”

They say nothing is certain but death and taxes. In Washington, the third certainty is Norquist trying to kill the second.

Jennifer Hickey of Newsmax wrote a piece regarding former Gov. Jeb Bush admitted that he would be willing to raise taxes.

“If my father had thrown away a perfectly good presidency by raising taxes, I think one of the things in life I would learn is, ‘Don’t do that,’” Norquist said, referring to President George H.W. Bush’s broken “no new taxes” pledge.

Reason’s Zach Weissmueller wrote about the abuse visited upon Gerawan Farm employees by the United Farm Workers:

A group of Gerawan employees, less than eager to relinquish 3 percent of wages to an absent union, began petitioning for an election to decertify the union. The Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) eventually administered an election but never counted the votes, alleging unfair labor practices, such as encouraging anti-union behavior, on behalf of the company.

Brian Lowry of The Boston Herald’s The Edge wrote about the T.V. show “Alpha House,” in which Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist makes an appearance.

Appropriately returning just in time for the midterm elections, the second season finds the show loading up on star cameos from Hollywood (Bill Murray), media (Matt Lauer, Trudeau’s wife Jane Pauley, John King) and the world of political wonks (Grover Norquist, David Axelrod). Still, the formula and situations remain largely the same, with each of the solons grappling with various challenges and indignities.

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