Nov 19th, 2010
Politico, Grover Norquist, the head of Americans For Tax Reform, states that the Republican victories in the 2010 election were essentially a mandate for a 1995 style government shutdown.
I don't think that this is what Reagan had in mind when he tapped Norquist to head the group back in 1985. It's mission to "oppose all tax increases on principle" has become so outdated as to be anachronistic and so destructive as to hearken back to the robber-baron culture of a century ago.
"It's up to Obama," He says, to stop "the spendathon."
No, it's not. Obama has chosen to govern. When one considers the total disaster that the previous shutdown was, not just for Republicans but for the country, one has to ask if this man has any contact whatsoever with ordinary Americans who do not sit amongst the top 2% in terms of personal wealth or, for that matter, those who do not sit on the boards of right wing advocacy groups.
It must be noted, one more time, that Mr. Norquist is extreme by even contemporary Libertarian standards. He does not want to make government more efficient. In his own words, he has so much as called for the elimination of government completely (see the photo to the upper left).