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Grover Norquist Rules The GOP Without Ever Being Elected! More Tyranny On The Right!

Updated on November 8, 2011

Grover Norquist, The Ruler Of The GOP!

If You Want To Be A Winner In The GOP, You Take The Oath! The Tax Purity Pledge!

05/23/2011 If you want to run for office as a Republican candidate and you want to win, you must take an oath and swear to Grover Norquist that you will never, ever, ever raise taxes. Defy Norquist and you will be denied an elected post. Go back on your oath and the consequences are swift and harsh: you will lose your position. When asked what happens to someone who goes back on his word and violates the pledge, Norquist says, "Ask George H. Walker Bush how his second term was?" Who is this dictator that can single-handedly decide winners and losers? Where did he come from? Why does he have so much power?

The answers to these questions are more than complicated. Like everything with the modern GOP, Norquist has more tentacles than an octopus and he is clearly the self-annointed and appointed ruler of the Republican party today. His past is full of scandal and corruption, yet with the exposure of each and every scandal, Norquist only continues to increase his power base. Most people in America have never even heard of him. Those that have usually know very little about him.

Grover Norquist was born in October of 1956. He is a native of Pennsylvania and his father was vice-President of Polaroid. Norquist went to Harvard where he graduated with a BA, as well as an MBA. His first entry into the world of politics came when he was barely a teenager and young Grover offered his services as a volunteer for Richard Nixon's 1968 Presidential campaign. From there, Norquist's early career included work as both an a economist and speech writer for the Chamber of Commerce. Today, he is the President of Americans For Tax Reform, a group he founded in 1985. He serves on many boards of many conservative groups, including the NRA and the Nixon Center. He also co- founded the Islamic Free Market Institute.

According to the website of Americans For Tax Reform, Norquist currently has more than 1100 signers of his Tax Protection Pledge on the state level. On the federal level, his site boasts that as of 2009, 172 members of the House and 34 members of the Senate had signed, including Democrats Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania. Although latest figures have not been published, most believe that every single Republican in the House and Senate right now, with the exceptions of Olympia Snowe of Maine and Dick Lugar of Indiana have signed 'The Norquist Pledge'. Not only does Norquist recruit candidates on the state and local level, he is always working behind the scenes to find what he considers appropriate candidates on the federal level.

Norquist's philosophy of government is simply stated. "I don't want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub."

Norquist believes in tax cuts and deregulation, so much so that the only two things that the federal government should be a part of are the miltary and police protection. That means that Norquist is against:

  • government involvement in education
  • environmental controls or regulation
  • FEMA
  • Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid
  • regulations or consumer protection that control any aspect of business or banking
  • the CDC, the Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration

The list could go on and on. Government agency? You name it; Norquist wants it gone! Norquist has been instrumental in most, if not all of the GOP efforts to 'starve the beast' of government. The theory is so basic that it does not require a degree in economics. The more and more you cut taxes, the fewer and fewer government programs you can offer. No revenue comes in and it then follows that there is no revenue to spend. Period! Norquist was directly instrumental in the design of the the Bush tax cuts. Norquist NEVER intended that they be temporary. The Bush tax cuts were to be the beginning. More and more tax cuts were and are planned. The economy does not matter, the global status does not change anything. The goal is to cut and cut and cut.

Mr. Norquist was the co-author of Newt Gingrich's Contract with America which was precipitated upon the goals of conservative America: shrink government, decrease taxes and regulation, promote entrepreneurial activity, and at the same time, get rid of any public assistance programs and greatly limit tort protection. During Norquist's tenure at the Chamber of Commerce, he learned the power of binding together and promoting a huge network of conservative business owners. Norquist knew that if conservative people were put into key positions, they would have access to change public policy, with or without public support.

Horowitz Insists That Norquist is a Muslim Terrorist Sympathizer At Norquist's Own Event!

The Scandals Or Why Isn't Norquist In Prison?

Grover Norquist has been a player during many scandals. The first controversy that he was involved in was weapon sales to the Contras during the Iran-Contra scandal. While Oliver North went to prison, Norquist went free. Every single scandal, Norquist seemed to have a 'Get Out of Jail Free' card.

  • "Casino" Jack Abramoff and Grover Norquist were friends for years. Norquist managed Abramoff's early campaign to become chairman of the College Republican National Committee. Norquist was directly implicated in the funneling of money for Abramoff during the gambling scandal that sent Abramoff and dozens of others to prison. Norquist did not go to prison.
  • The K Street Project Lobbying scandal had Norquist's name all over it. After the elections of 1994 in which the GOP overwhelmingly took control of Congress, Norquist and his buddies, Ralph Reed and Jack Abramoff, along with Tom Delay, pressured lobbying firms to hire key Republican party members. They also designed spread sheets and dossiers, showing political contributions and then bartered access to politicians. The more money donated, the more access. The less money, the less access. The 'pay to play' game became illegal after this scheme was unearthed. Tom Delay went to prison, Abramoff went to prison, Reed barely escaped prison and Norquist came away again unscathed. Reed, once disgraced, has since come back as the head and founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, which is eerily similar in its goals to every other conservative organization. On a side note, Rick Santorum was also a player in the K Street scandal. He was, by most accounts, the Senate liason who met with the lobbyists every week and 'scheduled' access to his Senate colleagues in the pay to play scandal.
  • Most recently and even in the not so distant past, Norquist has been accused by some conservatives of being a supporter and money launderer for Islamic terrorist groups. His one time partner and the co-founder of Americans For Tax Reform, Kahled Saffuri, previously worked for Abdurahman Alamoudi at the American Muslim Council. It was with $20,000 from Alamoudi, that Norquist founded the Islamic Free Market Institute. While that sounds innocuous enough, just a few years after that, Alamoudi was arrested with well over a quarter of a million dollars given to him by Moammar Gaddafi (Libya) to finance the support of jihad. Alamoudi is serving a 23 year prison sentence. Alamoudi was so well-placed that it was he who helped establish and approve certain Muslim chaplains in the military. Many, both conservative and liberal, have questioned not only Norquist's ties to Alamoudi, but Alamoudi's ties to the Department of Defense. For more information about Norquist's partner, Saffuri, link to:
  • Norquist has been most vocally criticized by Frank Gaffney, the extreme right wing head of the Center For Security Policy. Gaffney's sanity has often been questioned, but he has been consistent in his distrust of Grover Norquist and even goes so far as to label him a 'Muslim extremist'. Most recently, Norquist was slammed at his own CPAC event, for being a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood by the more well-respected conservative, David Horowitz. The battle is being waged by conservatives on the one side, who believe that Norquist is a sympathizer and funnels money and influence to Hamas, and those on the other side, who believe that Horowitz and Gaffney are simply paranoid.
  • Most recently, Senator Tom Coburn, (R), from Oklahoma is waging a war with Norquist. Norquist has called Coburn out for violating the pledge and Coburn has fired back, saying in his defense, "...which pledge is the most important? Is it the pledge to uphold your oath to the Constitution of the United States or a pledge from a special interest group who claims to speak for all of American conservatives when, in fact, they don't." Perhaps Coburn should ask one-term President George H W Bush how well his second term worked out. Maybe Coburn doesn't realize that Norquist has stated that Coburn will face harsh consequences for his violation of the purity pledge. Perhaps, Coburn is not aware that Norquist has over 100 thousand big time corporate donors, just ready to do his bidding. Coburn, on April 25th bumped it up a notch and said, "Norquist is chief cleric of Sharia tax law". Norquist has stated that "Coburn lied to get elected!" The war is heating up. This is going to be a good one to watch!

Norquist Is The Most Powerful Man Not Sitting In The White House!

Lawrence O'Donnell, MSNBC host of the Last Word calls Grover Norquist "the most powerful man in America that does not sit in the White House." O'Donnell may be correct. Norquist has ties to countless corporations, including tobacco and big oil, lobbyists, and most of the conservative think tanks in the country. The ever-powerful Koch brothers are supporters. Norquist is the self-appointed managing director of the hard core right and he takes his position seriously.

If you have never heard of him, it is time to get acquainted. This man has influenced EVERY Republican legislator beginning with President Reagan. Go easy! Start with Wikipedia and go from there. The articles are endless, perhaps because his power is endless. He is the GOP king maker, but he is the real king! The ruler of the Republican party! And don't forget! The road to any GOP-controlled White House is conditioned upon a signature on a 'pledge' to the king,

The Pledge

Taxpayer Protection Pledge

I,________________, pledge to the taxpayers of the (____district of the) state of ________________and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.


They are not allowed to vote "YES"! Even if their constituents disagree, they are bound by their oath to Norquist first and foremost. That oath is primary. Even primary to their oath to defend and protect the Constitution of the United States.


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    Hi 5 years ago

    Great work - could you post a list of all/any social media that is used to spread this message?


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    Jillian Barclay 6 years ago from California, USA


    At least people are finally starting to realize who and what this man is. For years, few knew anything about him. He is clearly dangerous and corrupt! Can't run for office because his past is too shady, so he will continue to hold many offices through his dirty little pledge!

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    Woody McBreairty 6 years ago

    In my opinion, Norquist has all the ear markings of a deranged person. His obsession with controlling the Republican Party is sick and the fact that elected "representatives" of the people are signing a pledge forced upon them by this radical right wing nut case should be a good indication to the people who vote for them that their survival is in danger. Other countries around the world are now getting involved in the coversation that makes Norquist, Boehner, McConnell, Demint, etc as anti American. hell bent on destroying the American working class turing our government and all it entails over the private corporations and privatizing our social programs. The working class Republicans who knew/know nothing of what the Republican party really stands for, other than promoting religion, anti immigration, anti social change, should realize they are not only cutting their own throats, but the throats of all American working people. Hopefully they will wake up before it is too late and our country has fallen over the brink of destruction

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    Jillian Barclay 6 years ago from California, USA

    The man has his dirty hands in everything! After you have been implicated in money laundering, you probably know how to hide money effectively!

    Imagine being paid by so many corporations and lobbying groups for coming up with a no tax pledge! Genius!

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    raymond1489 6 years ago

    He was a lobbyist for the U.S, chamber of Commerce and he is a strong supporter of the NRA. It's not hard to figure out where some of his income stream flows.

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    Jillian Barclay 6 years ago from California, USA

    Dear raymond1489,

    Even though many are saying that Norquist's days are numbered, he has strong ties to every conservative 'shadow'organization and the backing of the largest multi-national corporations. Who pays him? Where does he get the money to continue his folly? Look to those organizations and the corporations who benefit from the Tax Purity Pledge.

    Almost every GOP member of the House has signed the pledge and with their latest inflexible stand on closing corporate loopholes and ending subsidies for the wealthiest of companies such as Exxon, the House members are doing his bidding.

    When they sign any pledge to an outside group, our elected officials should be challenged and ridiculed, if not brought up on charges. Take the oath to the Constitution, sign the Pledge of Allegiance if you want, but make promises to special interest groups, and you should be drummed out of office. Cantor is a prime example.

    I hope that Norquist is on his way out, but I don't think so. If not a jail cell, maybe they will all drown in Norquist's bathtub!

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    raymond1489 6 years ago

    Personally, I think Norquist's days of influence are numbered. I think his philosophy and those juvenile simpletons that sign his pledge has brought this country to the brink. The debt ceiling deadline in a few weeks will be the ned. Even Senator McConnell, a staunch conservative, has told other members of his party that a default by the U.S. on its debts will mark the end of the GOP. John Boener and Eric Cantor have yet to figure this out. Following Norquist, rather than the U.S.constitution, is criminal behavior. Politics has always been the art of compromise and Norquist and Roger Ailes of Fox news, should spend some time behind jail bars and rethink their political philosophies. Nothing like a 10x10 jail cell one's mind.

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    Jillian Barclay 6 years ago from California, USA

    Norquist has always managed to slither away without indictments. Iran Contra? Abramoff? Reed? Reagan may be dead, but but his memory has become legend (more myth than reality)among the GOP. I hear that the GOP has nominated him for sainthood...

    Norquist is leading the quest in that bathtub of his- Captain of the Ship of Fools!

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    Reagan is dead...get over it 6 years ago

    Norquist is a complete self-hater...

    He also helped to bankroll the defense of convicted GOP pedophile, Robin Vanderwall....who also happened to money launder on the side for Jack Abramoff

    * Republican strategist and Citadel Military College graduate Robin Vanderwall was convicted in Virginia on five counts of soliciting sex from boys and girls over the internet.

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    Jillian Barclay 6 years ago from California, USA


    Karl Rove, Ralph Reed, the Kochs, Norquist, ALEC, the Chamber of Commerce, etc... People have to wake up!

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    pillowhugger 6 years ago


    finally I have found someone that also knows about Norquist and the Koch brothers. This their pledge to take our country away from the people,pay fewer taxes and run this country into the ground. Class warfare at the least.I think anyone who signs this pledge is in volation of any oath he or she has sweared to in state or federal office. A theme of the people, by the people, for people is a basic principle that this country is founded on. It has been fought for in Revolution, War of 1812, Civil War and is not here for protection of Millionaires and so call elite rich,big business and special interests. We the people are the ones who control the Senators and congressman. Look what is happening to the rights of the people in Republican control states this is the plan for the whole country from these people. Remember the phrase of the people, by the people, for the people that's what should be governing this country not some elistist pledge.

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    Jillian Barclay 6 years ago from California, USA

    Dear Soup,

    Please do me a favor and go to and send an email. They most assuredly, will like what you write. Tell them I sent you and I will also send an introduction, if you are so inclined. Let me know! It is another forum! Your writing is excellent!

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    Soup McGee 6 years ago from Right Behind You

    I wish it had all gone through...I'm new to this one, I'll figger it's the rest...awesome work, let's spread the word!:

    Barton is president and founder of WallBuilders, an organization whose mission statement is clear enough:

    “WallBuilders is an organization dedicated to presenting America's forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on the moral, religious, and constitutional foundation on which America was built-a foundation which, in recent years, has been seriously attacked and undermined. In accord with what was so accurately stated by George Washington, we believe that ‘the propitious [favorable] smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation which disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained’” (“About Us”).

    Barton was named one of Time magazines 25 most influential Evangelicals in America in 2005. He more recently garnered attention by appearing on the Glenn Beck program as a “historian” despite having only theological credentials; he has “taught” constitutional courses for Michele Bachmann and the Congressional Tea Party caucus and argued cases in front of the Supreme Court (“About Us”). Barton believes “money does not belong to the government. It belongs to individuals, and to steal money from individuals through whatever government spending program is taking private property, and we are not supposed to do that."He consistently asserts that Jesus has a teaching that opposes the minimum wage and that taxation of any kind is “inherently un-biblical and unfair” (People for the American Way).

    It is apparent that David Barton holds an extremely radical view of the Constitution. He believes that the post-Civil War amendments have all been used to negatively and fundamentally alter the relationship between states and the national government. He holds a peculiar position in believing that the Constitution only applies to Congress and the federal government (Daily Show). Reconstructionist writers strive to apply biblical principles to civil government and “emphasize the importance of private property and free market capitalism for ensuring the freedom and responsibility of the individual before God [while at the same time rejecting] government price controls, welfare and other entitlement programs, and any kind of wealth redistribution. [In their view] taxation should only be as high as necessary for the maintenance of a libertarian state that allows individuals act freely, although in accordance with God's moral law” (“Tax Revolt”). This is eerily reminiscent of Norquist and his claim that government can only tax by force, and an illegitimate force at that.

    Obviously, Barton and Norquist share a philosophy, motive, agenda, and itinerary in attempting to privatize government or at least eliminate state control and then replace it with a much more local and surely less expensive government that does not provide “services.” “Services” in particular have clearly rankled Norquist and his ilk.

    There is damning evidence that David Barton and Grover Norquist have succeeded in influencing the same targeted pool of voters to make a morally justified ideologically driven political decision. This idea put forth by Barton, and by default, Norquist, is of a God-ordained biblical government in place of the current system. The current system is only able to operate because it taxes. People must only pay taxes willingly, because taxation is not biblical. In other words, taxation is thievery. David Barton spent more than 20 years helping to establish the standards of California social studies and history textbooks setting in motion what is a creeping revision of history; this has led to a new generation of taxpaying citizen believing that taxes are by nature evil, and so government by its taxation power is an illegitimate and unjust authority. Barton makes it clear that in his view the Constitution would allow either Christian or sharia law being instituted within a specific locality “as long as it wasn't coercive” (Daily Show). The Courts currently may not agree, says Barton, but it would be within the original intent.

    Socialist Sara Diamond showed in Spiritual Warfare that dominionism is an ideological tendency of the Christian Right that is most significantly influenced by Christian Reconstructionism. “[It] engages in a more muscular and activist form of political participation [as the] core theme of Dominion theology is that the Bible mandates Christian to take cover and occupy secular institutions. [Reading this, Christian right leaders] adopted the idea of taking dominion over the secular institutions of the United States as the ‘central’ unifying ideology of their social movement. They decided to gain political power through the Republican Party” (Berlet).

    Theirs is a seductive argument. Taxes are an inconvenience and can never be fair; religion is a personal matter; government at its worst is a threat to liberty. Just one example would be the de facto laws that allow the punitive treatment as adults of juveniles adjudicated as minors. Taxpayer money putting children in jail for playing “show-me” games is wrong, clearly. Essentially, if Jesus truly is against taxes and Democrats are the party who will always raise taxes because they are the party of big government, then Jesus hates Democrats and Democrats hate Jesus and since America is a Christian nation, Democrats hate America. Don’t vote for a Democrat or any liberal, lest you be ostracized in the church and the community.

    Norquist’s singular call of “never raise taxes” unifies the Evangelical Conservatives with the mainstream Fiscal Conservatives. This is evident in the realm of corporate America. Tim Phillips is president of Americans for Prosperity, which is the activist side of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation. Americans for Prosperity was founded in 2004 by David Koch. Phillips is also cofounder of Century Strategies, a lobbying firm also held by Ralph Reed. Grover Norquist and Ralph Reed have been working together since the date days they were college Republicans recruiting voters in Ronald Reagan's first presidential run (Moyers).

    The Koch brothers are rabidly anti-government. David Koch ran as a far right alternative to Reagan; he received less than one per cent of the total vote. His campaign platform included the elimination of Social Security and other perennial targets of the libertarian movement. Research into their tax records show shows “that Koch-controlled foundations gave out $196 million from 1998 to 2008, much of it to conservative causes and institutions” (Mayer). That doesn't even include the $50 million in Koch Industries lobbying in nearly $5 million more in campaign contributions by its PAC’s. Tax law allows for personal anonymous donations to nonprofit political groups so these numbers may not even be scratching the surface. Together , Charles and David Koch are owners of Koch Industries, and are each valued at $21.5 billion (Rich).

    Joel C. Anderson, a Republican assemblyman who is both a signatory of the Americans for Tax Reform pledge and a member of the Taxpayers Caucus in California, was the state chairman of ALEC in 2009. Mike Morgan of Koch Industries Incorporated sat on the ALEC private sector board in 2010. This draws a clear line from the ATR pledge to the Tea Party and ALEC and the Koch brothers in political activity as well political ideals. The people following and supporting this philosophy with their votes are either hoping for or are unaware of the stated goals of the Coalition Grover leads.

    “It is downright ironic to call the taxpayer protection pledge the taxpayer protection pledge… Between the policies they have explicitly supported, and the policies they have pledged to support, the self-styled taxpayer protect orders have been instrumental in enacting policies that raise the long-term fiscal gap by upwards of 4% of GDP, or about $34 trillion. These burdens will have to be borne by future taxpayers who are likely to be markedly ‘unprotected’” (Brookings Institute). The idea that tax cuts for the wealthy will stimulate employment failed (Krugman)

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    Jillian Barclay 6 years ago from California, USA

    Dear Soup McGee,

    How have I missed you on Huffington Post? I am from California, also, and am painfully aware of Norquist's interference (obstruction)in regards to our governor's attempt to bring this issue to the voters. Norquist is a menace, albeit a powerful menace.

    His philosophy of drowning the government in a bathtub is so extreme that he seeks to block the people from voting on this issue. How can he claim to be an advocate of the Constitution or even the people's right to vote, when he blatantly stands in the way of a vote? He has set himself up as the Dictator-in-Chief!

    As a side note-I am sure you are aware that Norquist has now, in addition to requiring a signed pledge from Republican Presidential candidates, is now expecting an oath from each that should one of them win the Presidency, he or she will take "Budgeting" classes from him prior to inauguration as President.

    Thank you so much for your comment! I have already fanned you on Huffington Post and am

    proud to become your latest fan!

    I have also written an article on ALEC. I would appreciate having you comment on that one also! You may link to it at:

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    Soup McGee 6 years ago

    As California Goes, So Goes the Nation: Grover Norquist, the Religious Right, and the Assassination of American Democracy

    by Soup McGee on Monday, May 9, 2011 at 10:42pm

    “After 1985, the Republican Party adopted the idea that tax cuts can solve the whole problem and that therefore the future deficits didn't matter and tax cuts would be the solution of first second and third resort.”-David Stockman, former OMB Director, chief architect of Reagan’s fiscal policy

    California Governor Jerry Brown has proposed a budget calling for a special election in June which would ask the residents of California to decide whether or not to extend the series of tax increases approved under the Schwarzenegger administration. Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, says Republican legislators who allow this election will be violating their pledge to not raise taxes or allow the reduction of credits. A government cannot function properly without proper revenue. This idea is behind the Oliver Wendell Holmes quote that is inscribed on the archway above the entrance to the IRS building: “taxes are what we pay for a civilized society.”

    The role of government is both to protect property rights and an individual's right to taxation with equal representation, and at the very least to protect due process and the citizens to vote. Norquist famously said he wishes to see government so small it can be drowned in a bathtub; this homicidal tendency cannot be trusted near our government, and so his interference in California's electoral process is both disturbing given his outright hatred of government and horrifying in scope given the breadth and rapidly growing power of the coalition he represents.

    Now that the Norquist coalition has demanded that no vote be allowed, and seeing that the needs of the average citizen have been cut out of the state budget already for the sake of a society “freer and richer and more independent of government at all levels” (Norquist xxi), this pledge to reach a zero revenue state government usurps a legislative officer’s constitutional oath to uphold the law of the land. Norquist is motivated by what he might call desire for liberty but more accurately can be described as religious zealotry applied to greed.

    On January 10, 2011, California governor Jerry Brown released a budget that “proposes $12.5 billion in spending reductions, $12 billion in revenue extensions and modifications, $1.9 billion in other solutions to close the gap and provide for a $1 billion reserve…[As for the revenue extensions] the government spending plan assumes that all statutory changes to implement budget actions will be adopted by the legislature in March, allowing the necessary ballot measures to be put before the people at a June special election” (Governor). California, despite the recession, currently has the eighth largest economy in the world and the single largest in America (EconPost). Despite this fact, Governor Brown's office proposes radical restructuring of the government as California is currently unable to pay its bills (Governor).

    Any solution to the current budget stalemate in California would require two Republican legislators from each the Assembly and the Senate agreeing to a compromise, or Brown withdrawing his budget and taking the tax extensions off the table. However, instead of even making a show of compromise, Republicans have formed a new “taxpayer caucus.” Members of this caucus from the State Senate include Joel Anderson, Ted Gaines, and Doug LaMonte; Chris Norby, Brian Jones, and twenty-five others fill out the inaugural membership (Fleischman).

    Americans for Tax Reform was founded by Grover Norquist at the specific request of Ronald Reagan; its main purpose is to commit legislators and candidates for office to a “Taxpayer Protection Pledge.” The pledge first appeared in 1986 and every winning Republican presidential candidate since has signed it. In all 50 states the group works to pressure candidates at the state level to sign the state taxpayer protection pledge, which reads as follows:

    “ ‘I _____ pledge to the taxpayers of the __________ district, of the state of __________, and to all the people of this state, that I will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes’” (“About”).

    As of April 19, 2011 more than one thousand state legislators across the country have signed the pledge, a clear indication of the size and power this group wields. The power, if not the intention of the pledge signatory is to defund government entirely.

    In a featured column on, Grover Norquist clarifies and defends the default conservative position, making clear that any vote to send tax increases to the ballot is a violation of the taxpayer protection pledge. Further he publicly admonishes any Republican pledge signer who has any doubt about the consequence of wavering: “There is nothing subjective about the determination that voting to refer higher taxes to the ballot is a violation of the taxpayer protection pledge. A vote for tax hikes on the ballot is clearly and indisputably a failure to ‘oppose and vote against any and all efforts to raise taxes’” (“Featured Column”). The endgame of this hollow philosophy is quite obviously to bankrupt and collapse the government, first at the state level, and then at the federal level.

    An interview with Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein offered a revealing look into the tax cut “theology” behind the pledge and the man who wrote it. Pressed for his opinion on what a fair tax rate would be, his honest answer is that “at the state level zero is a reasonable goal.” In response to a question about why government spending is always bad, Norquist digs, stating “all government spending requires the government to first take by force money from the people who earned it.” Probed for data to prove Republican style ‘supply-side’ economics works, his reply is only that “conservatives and Reagan Republicans argue that history demonstrates that liberty is not only the best politics, it is the best economic strategy. People should be secure in their persons and property, have the rule of law and low taxes” (“Grover”).

    Grover Norquist builds conservative coalitions, the most vocal members of which are the Christian Right. Leave Us Alone, Norquist's book, is an attempt to reach out to the moderate and independent voter. He suggests a better understanding of the religious right in America can be had “by examining the life and work of Paul Weyrich” (page 15). Paul Weyrich, who coined the popular phrase “moral majority,” conceived in 1973 an organization that would promote a conservative social agenda. Weyrich was frustrated by 1960s liberalism and was in need of a tool to get controversial bills into the hands of state legislators outside of the public eye. Along with conservative activist Lou Barnett and former Illinois Route Republican Congressman Henry Hyde, they created that tool: ALEC, or the American Executive Legislative Council (American Association of Justice). “In each task force legislators welcome their private sector counterparts to the table as equals working in unison to solve the challenges facing our nation” (“Task Force”). “826 bills were introduced in the states in 2009 and 115 were enacted into law” (American Association of Justice). This is a preposterous success rate.

    The coalition's call to cut taxes as a necessity so as to bring about an end to all government interference in the free market and in private enterprise is nearly identical to the pervasive theology of fast talking David Barton, an extremely popular Christian nationalist revisionist pastor. Barton is president and founder of WallBuilders, an organization whose mission statement is clear enough:

    “WallBuilders is an organization dedicated to presenting America's forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on the moral, religious, and constitutional foundation on which America was built-a foundation which, in recent years, has been seriously attacked and undermined. In accord with what was so accurately stated by George Washington, we believe th

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    Jillian Barclay 6 years ago from California, USA

    Dear AKA Winston,

    Ah! The ever present wish to return to yesteryear, as you say. Yes, how can there be free markets when the largest corporations (which were not around in yesteryear) have monopolies? It IS a fantasy.

    Thank you.

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    AKA Winston 6 years ago

    This dogma of free markets is simply a call for return to yesteryear, an ideologically-driven fantasy that markets are self-regulating, capitalism is the ultimate moral high ground, and if we all wish hard enough we can make it the 1900s all over again.

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    Jillian Barclay 6 years ago from California, USA

    Dear junko,

    Thank you for your comment. I believe you may be on to something! I do think that you are right. Special interest groups and lobbyists have too much power and rule our government by controlling our legislators. The groups are on both sides of the aisle, and the number of them grows everyday, with each trying to out influence the other. It has become the way our government is run. I would not even pretend to know how to stop it or how to end the influence-buying. It is especially striking that even so-called 'grass roots' special interest groups have big-money backing. Thank you, junko!

    Dear Lela,

    Thank you again. I try to write what I thoroughly research. If I find information that I cannot double-check, I don't use it. It takes a long time to research articles. Just like the one you just wrote. That was not completed without extensive research and study. If people continue to fight facts, we will never get anywhere.

    Dear Fay,

    Howdy Doody is a great nickname for Ben Nelson. He certainly does not represent the things I believe in. While visiting Norquist's website, I was amazed to see the list of state reps that have signed this pledge to Norquist. It made me feel like our government is very dirty. I am not a fan of Tom Coburn, especially since finding out his connection with the whole Ensign scandal, but he was right on when he said, "...which pledge is the most important? Is it the pledge to uphold your oath to the Constitution of the United States or a pledge from a special interest group who claims to speak for all of American conservatives when, in fact, they don't."

    Norquist has been involved in government since even before Reagan, so your guess about his library is probably accurate. Thanks, Fay, for taking time to read this!

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    Fay Paxton 6 years ago

    I have vision of a Norquist library that contains everybody's dirty little secrets. There is no explaining why he has sooo much influence; and he makes no bones about it. I might have known Ben Nelson would sign such an agreement. For the life of me, I can't figure out why Howdy Doody won't own up to being a Republican.

    up and awesome

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    CreatePerfection 6 years ago from Beautiful Colorado

    Dear Jillian, you never need to apologize for a comment you make on any of my articles. I think of you as someone with the highest integrity and always welcome your insightful visits to my hubs.

    Thank you again for this article, Jillian, what an eye opener. I did post it on facebook, too.

    Also, I went back to my article and told Frog Prince he needed to read your article because it is more important than what he and I were discussing.


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    junko 6 years ago

    Special interest groups, Lobbyist, Republicans, and Democrats, are representives of the Shadow Government that has hi-jacked the Nation's Capitol. No Law makers can represent the American people and be heard, or reelected. They all pledge allegiance to some sort of curruption that's not in the best interest of the people who have nobody to lobby for them, but the President. This is true only If the President is non-partisan and knows you can please some of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time.

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    Jillian Barclay 6 years ago from California, USA

    Dear Lela,

    Thank you. Most have not heard of Norquist. He has been around for a long time and usually does his work behind the scenes, staying hidden until the scandals hit and everyone goes to jail. President Reagan was actually the man who asked him to start Americans For Tax Reform. I don't think Reagan had intentions for it to become what it has. I don't think Reagan would approve of signing an oath to the man, either. Thought I would let everyone know a little bit (there is so much more)since the whole thing blew up again, this time at the CPAC meeting and then the events with Senator Coburn.

    They really are locked in a battle! Thank you for putting this on your Facebook page. I had opened a Facebook account and I have no idea what I did, but they are asking me for a copy of my driver's license to get back into my account. I think I forgot what my password was (hate it when I do that--it is the price of being in my late 50's).

    First, I apologize to you for my comment on your wonderful, enlightening article. I just did not like the way the reader was treating you. I do not want you to be bullied out of speaking up. Like I said, your writing was so well reasoned and of vital importance.

    Second, I think all of my readers and everyone else should read it! The link is: It is really quite good, NOT partisan and the charts do not lie!

    Lastly, I am not a hero, for sure. You and my 9 year old granddaughter think so, and even though you are both misguided, it made me feel especially good to have you and my sweet peanut offer me that treasured, undeserved title!

    BTW, just between you and me, I saw frog legs on sale yesterday for $7.99 a pound!

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    CreatePerfection 6 years ago from Beautiful Colorado

    Dear Jillian,

    You are my hero. I have never heard of this guy either, and I cannot tell you how valuable a writer you are here on hubpages.

    I am going to post your article on facebook. Everyone needs to know about this before it is too late.

    Thank you, Jillian.


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    Jillian Barclay 6 years ago from California, USA


    Sometimes I think you and I are sharing the same brain. I love it that they are fighting among themselves! Cannot wait to watch this whole thing unfold! We just have to keep writing and informing. You are absolutely right. We cannot sit still for a minute-it is too important.

    I remember making calls on election day in 2008. Went from the east coast all the way to the west, just to get people to the polls. I feel the same pressure now.

    We each share some of the same audience, but then have others that we influence singularly. Gotta keep it up! Aloha!

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    Credence2 6 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

    By taking a pledge not to raise taxes under any circumstance, the GOP says to everyone that they are not serious about negotiating a solution to our budget crisis. People like Norquist continue to put the GOP between a rock and a hard place. This radical right can never appeal to enough mainstream voters to succeed. They have to get their people and agenda through from outside the democratic process, this is what concerns me. But it all becomes much easier if progressives and moderates are distrated and lulled into complacency. Let's continue to keep the rightwingers divided among themselves,infighting and off-balance. The longer they do, the less likely that they can field any candidate that does not appeal to their "red meat constituent" Great Hub, Jillian, thanks

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    Jillian Barclay 6 years ago from California, USA

    Dear HSchneider,

    I cannot wait to read your article! You always inspire me! I am working on an article about some changes to Medicare(based on my experience in the field)that would not hurt the beneficiaries and not kill the program.

    Norquist is a pin head, but he is a powerful, rich, well-connected pin head that has his hands in everything. He cares about nothing but taxes and regulation. That is it! He is one of the motivators behind Bush II hiding the cost of Iraq and Afghanistan! If America actually had to pay for the wars, and knew about it, the tax cuts would have been gone long ago.

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    Howard Schneider 6 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

    Wonderful Hub Jillian. I am including some mention of Norquist on a Hub I am working on now giving my alternative to Paul Ryan's abomination of a budget plan. Most people have never heard of Grover Norquist but he is a powerful ideologue on Capitol Hill. He has most GOP legislators signing a pledge not to raise taxes. Even to end unneeded tax credits for oil companies. This man is a narrow minded pinhead. He is an example of the evil that must be defeated in 2012. Even though he has never run for anything.

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    Jillian Barclay 6 years ago from California, USA

    Dear Amillar,

    Their mission is well-coordinated and permeates evey area of government. Norquist has his hands in ALL conservative politics and runs the politicians, all secretly and from behind the scenes. The multi-national corporations support him and others of his kind with hundreds of millions of dollars, perhaps billions. Of course they want lower taxes and no regulations! That way they can rape and plunder every resource we have, in the name of greed. To hell with the worker, to hell with government! That is what they believe and that is what they support. Imagine if they instead, gave all of that money to help the ills of society? We would have no ills! We would have no poor!

    But they are happier destroying! And Norquist is one of their many assistants! They are playing us for fools and we have to stop them.

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    amillar 6 years ago from Scotland, UK

    "I don't want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub."

    People who talk like that are worrying Jillian; mainly because it seems their mission is so close to accomplishment.

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    Jillian Barclay 6 years ago from California, USA

    Hi, Chef-

    Most people have never heard of him! But he runs the governor of Florida, too!

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    Lee Raynor 6 years ago from Citra Florida

    Hey Jillian

    This is the scariest guy and I never heard of him up to now Up and Useful