In The Daily Caller, Grover Norquist writes a letter to Andy Stern. “I appreciate your stated concern, but rest assured that you are not taking up any of my holiday time. I am a Reagan Republican and my holiday is July 4. As Ronald Reagan pointed out — Republicans think every day is July 4 and Democrats think every day is April 15… Not all solutions must flow from Washington, D.C. Many state and local leaders have been working hard to reduce this inequity. California has passed tax hikes on the very rich, as have Maryland and New York. This helps drive higher-income citizens out of those higher-income states and towards Texas and Florida . . . reducing federal taxes paid by citizens of California, New York and Maryland and thereby reducing the inequality you find annoying.”

From ATR’s Chris Prandoni in The Washington Examiner: “House Republicans have spent the first quarter of 2011 rolling back the Obama Administration’s policies of the past two years. The Continuing Resolution debate is about bringing spending back to 2008 levels—Obama and Democrats raised spending 29 percent in two years… House Republicans have now set their sights on Obama’s Department of the Interior (DOI). Like keeping medicine from a sick patient, DOI has revoked drilling permits while gas prices skyrocket and the region sheds jobs… According to the Congressional Research Service, the US is endowed with 1.3 trillion barrels of oil, more than Russia and Saudi Arabia. Unfortunately, American oil and natural gas producers, some of this country’s most adept job creators, cannot access our resources.”

On Grover Norquist critiques the Durbin-Enzi bill. “Just in time for tax day, Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., are expected to unveil a bill shortly that would permit, for the first time, states to collect taxes on Internet, catalog, and other sales when the seller is not based in the state. All told, the estimated $23 billion Internet tax hike would permit a small cartel of states to reach outside of their borders to force individuals and businesses who aren't even residents to collect taxes.”

In Roll Call’s Photo Gallery: “Sen. Orrin Hatch (left) speaks with Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, on April 14 outside the annual ‘Tax Day Eve’ news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center. The event calls for low taxes and a simplified tax code.”