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  •  A simple symmary from O'Donnell (7+ / 0-)

    Grover you see, is at heart, not just anti-tax. Grover Norquist is an anarchist.

    During a presentation by Patriotic Millionaires, this exchange took place:

    And I also said to him, 'Look would you be willing to sign a pledge where you're willing to forgo all the benefits that government provides? Are you willing to sign a pledge that says you don't want the U.S. military to protect you? That you will refuse to contact the police if somebody steals from you? That you will refuse to contact the fire department if your house is on fire? Because that's the equivalent! Why should you get a free ride? Why should you benefit from my willingness to support the government? Let's do it together.'

    And he said, 'If I don't have to pay any taxes for it, I would forgo all those things!' To which my response was, 'Well there's an easy way to do that, move to Somalia!' And his argument was, 'Somalia doesn't suffer from too little government, it suffers from too much government.' I don't even begin to understand what that means, but again there's only so much you can go into in these conversations.

    Summed up by O'Donnell thusly:

    O'DONNELL: Grover Norquist's response was of course "They can write their own checks to the treasury if they really want to. Norquist also said "If I don't have to pay any taxes for it, I would forgo all of those things." The things Grover is willing forgo include police officers, firefighters, public school teachers, the list goes on and on. Grover you see, is at heart, not just anti-tax. Grover Norquist is an anarchist.

    That is one truth on which the public - and any pledge signing candidates fielded before them - need to be better informed.

    Then there was the segment in the Norquist interview on CBS when he asserted that it was impossible for him to release information on his donors. Why? For he couldn't have a situation in which those purse-string holders became subject to "blackmail and extortion."

    Ironic really, considering that his primary means of holding the pledge acolytes feet to the fire is, extortion. Extortion in the form of a feared primary contest, appealing to the worst selfish, short-sighted impulses of the Republican political id.

    Rick Perry executed a man ... just to watch him die

    by ItsSimpleSimon on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 09:17:39 AM PST

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