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In a recent lobby report of 22 pages of various lobby activities including Agriculture, Banking, Budget appropriations, Communications/Broadcasting/Radio/TV, Computer Industry, Defense, Energy/Nuclear, Financial Institutions/Investments/Sec, Health Issues, Labor Issues/Anti- trust/Workplace, Pharmacy, Small Business, Taxation/ Internal Revenue Code, and strangely Postal, Grover Norquist is listed as a paid lobbyist. These are all areas that Grover Norquist is being paid as a professional lobbyist.It boggles the mind to accept the fact he is involved in every aspect of our lives.

Who the hell is he? He is the founder of Americans for Tax Reform who is responsible for the “shrink government until you can drown it in a bathtub” adage. He opposes all tax increases as a matter of principle. As stated by former Republican Senator Alan Simpson, co-chairman of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, Norquists’ position is “no taxes, under any situation, even if our country goes to hell”!

As a nonprofit organization, Americans for Tax Reform is not required to disclose the identity of its contributors. ATR is financed by direct mail and other grassroots fundraising efforts. According to CBS News, "a significant portion appears to come from wealthy individuals, foundations and corporate interests.

As of late 2011, 238 of 242 House Republicans and 41 out of 47 Senate Republicans had signed ATR's "Taxpayer Protection Pledge", in which the pledger promises to "oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and to oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.

Norquist has connections into the dark side of politics. According to a 2011 memoir by former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, Norquist was one of Abramoff's first major Republican party contacts. Norquist and Americans for Tax Reform were also mentioned in Senate testimony relating to the Jack Abramoff Indian lobbying scandal which resulted in a 2006 guilty plea by Abramoff to three criminal felony counts of defrauding of American Indian tribes and corrupting public officials. Records released by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee allege that ATR served as a "conduit" for funds that flowed from Abramoff's clients to surreptitiously finance grass-roots lobbying campaigns.

So, how does an anti-tax organization fit into the dismantling of the Postal Service by being a paid lobbyist in support of S. 1789, a senate bill that will destroy the Postal Service in two years when the Postal Service in fact uses no tax payer money. What’s Grover’s skin in this game? Uh, lemme guess, he is a paid shill by Corporate America to take down this Governments infrastructure piece by piece including any regulation that would be a hindrance to the Corporations “bottom line”. Oh, that explains it. It’s all so painfully clear now.

Originally posted at NH Labor News

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    Together We Can Fight Back Against The Attacks On Labor In America

    by NH LABOR NEWS on Thu Aug 30, 2012 at 09:00:03 AM PDT

  •  Because he's a psychopath. (0+ / 0-)

    Got any other cosmic mysteries to solve?

    Everything there is to know about the GOP: They're the Bad Guys.

    by Troubadour on Thu Aug 30, 2012 at 09:03:25 AM PDT

  •  All he needs is someone with enough digits to (2+ / 0-)
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    jan4insight, ColoTim

    sign the bill.  The DNC should just play the clip of him saying that over and over all over the country. It is probably the only time in his life he spoke the truth.                   Grover is the Puppetmaster. Grover is an American Fascist.
           
                 

    I suggest you also check out this diary.

      http://www.dailykos.com/...

  •  Norquist should be in jail. (0+ / 0-)

    He was an accomplice of Abramoff in many of his illegal activities.  

  •  It's much harder to drown the government (0+ / 0-)

    in a bathtub if the government still runs the Postal Service.  If he gets that privatized, that's a few hundred thousand (just guessing at numbers) fewer government employees and several thousand government facilities he doesn't have to cram into his bathtub.

    That, plus the corporate interests have now larded up the Postal Service with a huge pension bankroll (required by law so that postal employees who haven't even been born yet must have their expected pensions set aside to last them through almost the end of their lives).  That bankroll, in the way Rmoney has plundered company after company, is sitting out there as a fat juicy target for a corporate raider to come in, acquire the Post Office and then take out loans against that pension only to run and basically steal all that money.  Norquist's interest is either in lobbying for this so his fat cat friends make out like bandits, probably giving him some green along the way, or perhaps he's thinking of going after it himself.  He's in it for the money.

  •  Constitution (1+ / 0-)
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    IreGyre

    For all inviolate second amendment fans, under the duties of congress: Section1, 8.7 To establish post offices and post roads.

    Seems to be pretty unambiguous. Build and maintain a postal system and the roads necessary to connect the parts. I read nothing about it making a profit or breaking even or being privatized.

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