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Who The Hell Is Grover Norquist?

Lobbyist Puts Republicans In "Uncompromising" Position

It is generally accepted that the most powerful man in the world is the President of the United States. After all, he controls the world's largest military and holds the highest office of the greatest superpower. However, one could argue that at this time in history the most powerful man in the world isn't the President or even an elected official, but instead, a lobbyist. I'll admit that it may sound a little crazy. But consider for a moment that real power is money and when it comes to matters of the budget, the President has little more than veto power. It's the Congress who controls the purse strings and unfortunately this lobbyist controls 95% of the Republicans in Congress.  

The Svengali-like lobbyist I speak of is of course Grover Norquist. Besides being a lobbyist, he is a conservative activist, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and founder of Americans for Tax Reform. Most importantly, he is the promoter of the "Taxpayer Protection Pledge," which was signed by 95% of all Republican Congressmen and all but one of the 2012 Republican presidential candidates. The pledge basically demands the pledgers 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. That might not sound like such a bad idea in of itself, but the fact that 95% of our Republican leaders signed a pledge to follow a lobbyist is a little disturbing. 

What power does he hold over them that they willingly pledge their obedience to him, even if it threatens the country's economic stability? This pledge leaves no room for compromise and is greatly responsible for the unprecedented gridlock. As we all know, the President want's to let the Bush tax cuts expire for the wealthy. If the Republicans were to agree to that, it would certainly help reduce the budget deficit but would go against their pledge. They have a choice; compromise with the President, or keep their pledge to Grover. Their decision will inevitably tell us who has more clout with them, the President of The United States or a lobbyist. Personally, I 'm rooting that they side with our President because we can't risk another stalemate like the one that  led to last years downgrading of  America's credit rating. If our leaders can't come together to bridge the upcoming fiscal cliff we are surely headed for a more severe economic recession.

I am not a politician nor am I a pundit. I am an artist. So I created the painting "Who The Hell Is Grover Norquist?" (shown above) to inspire people to find out more about how a lobbyist can control a whole political party and what that means for the rest of us.

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  •  He is an enemy of the United States. n/t (6+ / 0-)

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 09:28:36 AM PST

  •  He subverts (4+ / 0-)
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    Plu, dennis1958, psyched, Maverick80229

    the will of the people by exerting undue influence on politicians that are supposed to be representing a much larger body of people than this one man.

    Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance. Kurt Vonnegut

    by ToKnowWhy on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 09:30:46 AM PST

    •  Actually, he represents (2+ / 0-)
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      wader, VClib

      "the will of the people" in a lot of conservative districts -- that's the issue.  The question is, the will of which people?  For a lot of Republicans in Congress, Norquist does represent the will of the people -- if, by "the people," you mean the people who vote that Representative into office.  

      For example, extremely conservative Rep. Scalise (here in Louisiana is in a very "safe" Republican district.  Norquist has power in places like that because the voters in that district are behind Norquist -- and if someone like Rep. Scalise votes to raise taxes, Norquist will support someone even more conservative in the next primary.   If a threat of a primary from the right was not a legitimate concern, Norquist wouldn't have any power at all.  

  •  Can this wait? (0+ / 0-)

    I'm trying to take a nap.

  •  His power comes from voters (1+ / 0-)
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    VClib

    It's not like he's got blackmail pictures on every Republican in power.

    If Republicans could dismiss him and not suffer any problems when they run for re-election, they'd blow him off in a heartbeat.  Anybody who gets elected to Congress has a healthy ego and doesn't like kowtowing to anyone.  But if they ignore him, the Republican base will primary them with someone more conservative.  So, the power he's got is that a lot of Republican voters are with him.  

    This is what has come from the fact that the vast majority of Representatives now run in "safe" (either safe Republican or safe Democratic) districts.  And the fact that a very large segment of the country is with him.  

  •  He's a nobody when you really think about it. (0+ / 0-)

    He is a self important nobody.

  •  Does he hold the purse strings? (1+ / 0-)
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    wader

    That's what I can't find out.  Maybe someone else knows what Super Pacs he's in charge of behind-the-scenes. If Repugs want funding for re-election they need to follow the pledge.  But the average American will turn against them as they did Romney and the other Repugs that lost.  

  •  He is NOT an elected official (0+ / 0-)

    and should stop telling elected officials what to do!  I didn't vote for this aging, overfed bastard. I want him to leave fiscal policy the hell alone.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 10:31:31 AM PST

  •  He's a hypocrite (0+ / 0-)

    who got his public education, paid for by taxes, but who now wants to deprive other Americans of tax-payer provided services.

    The civil rights, gay rights and women's movements, designed to allow others to reach for power previously grasped only by white men, have made a real difference, and the outlines of 21st century America have emerged. -- Paul West of LA Times

    by LiberalLady on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 11:10:48 AM PST

  •  I thought everybody knew... (1+ / 0-)
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    Maverick80229

    he's a great big poopyhead!

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