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Who The Hell Is Grover Norquist?
We've all been warned about the looming fiscal cliff. During the campaign, the Republicans would often point to a clock counting off to the moment of our economic apocalypse. That may be a bombastic way to hype a self-inflicted financial disaster. But it is true that if the Republicans and Democrats can't come to some sort of compromise by December 31, we will be in a economic pickle of no one's liking.

And there's that word - compromise. It's an important one. I even snuck it in the title of this blog. Birds do it. Bees do it. Even educated Democrats do it. Unfortunately, 95% of the Republicans in office have signed a pledge to a lobbyist named Grover not to compromise when it comes to raising taxes. That means not agreeing to extend the Bush tax cuts for 98% of Americans if the top 2% don’t get to keep them. They'll tell you that it’s because without the lower tax rate, "job creators" won't be able to create jobs. It seems to me that the job creators created a lot more jobs here without it under the Clinton administration than they have since. But the real reason is because it would mean reneging on their pledge to the lobbyist with the Svengali-like control over them, Grover Norquist. Then Grover would be angry and not grant them enough contribution money for their next campaign. After all, they want to save jobs … their own. Unfortunately, that stubbornness has created the gridlock that has downgraded our economic status and stalled our recovery.
Since the election hasn't really gone their way, the GOP are beginning realize that the people aren't particularly fond of gridlock.  As more people become aware of their subservient relationship with the lobbyist, some key Republicans are subtly starting to distance themselves from Grover. As an artist, I've tried to do my part to shed some light on the subject with my painting "Who The Hell Is Grover Norquist?" (shown above) Do your part and pass it around. Let's convince the Republican leaders to lead and not follow a lobbyist. It might put them in a more "compromising" position.

See more of my art at www.ArtandResponse.com

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  •  You know that bathtub Grover? (1+ / 0-)
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    RUNDOWN

    It's just your size.  Also, if you can't grow a beard, stop trying.

    If the Republicans ever find out that Barack Obama favors respiration, we'll be a one-party system inside two minutes. - Alan Lewis

    by MadRuth on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 07:14:21 AM PST

  •  You Did Not Build That Grover (3+ / 0-)
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    MadRuth, jhop7, RUNDOWN

    Interstates for "Inter"state commerce.
    FAA for safe air transport.
    Schools for educated work force
    Public Universities for  Higher Ed. and Research
    GI Bill
    A Power grid standardized for the Entire US
    Internet Access and Communications
    Maintenance of Waterways
    How about those weather satellites???

    And on and on.

    These federal "interferences"  that need to be "drowned" in the bathtub are the backbone, hip bones, femur, and ligaments of US business and commerce.  All those 1%er friends of yours would not have the wealth that they have without this infrastructure.  And you would probably only have .5%ers supporting and funding your no tax jihad.

    I am all for the careful regulation and oversight of government spending.  

    It is so easy to bitch about government, but without the feds this country will be reduced to regional commercial fiefdoms using their serfs to fund their own existence.

    In other words, a "contracting" economy.

    I'm just here for the Mojo!

    by Gator on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 07:37:28 AM PST

  •  Suggestion for Another Painting (3+ / 0-)
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    jhop7, RUNDOWN, phonegery

    Visualize:  Grover leaning over a bathtub drowning handfuls of teachers, firemen, police officers, students, schools, highways and railroads.  Clutching them in his hands holding them under the water.  Grover looking over his shoulder with an evil grin.

    Maybe a mass for GOP politicians doing with Grover presiding all Jim Jones like Sunglasses and all.

    I would do it myself if I had more talent.

    I'm just here for the Mojo!

    by Gator on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 07:46:31 AM PST

  •  The beauty of the "cliff" is that they have to (1+ / 0-)
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    compromise. The law really doesn't care what Grover thinks.

    If we go over the cliff, far more Republican ideals will be crushed than Democratic ones. They will have to compromise because their money people will require it.

    It will be up to Fox and Rush to walk back their positions and throw Grover under the bus.

    I have never been able to figure out if Fox is the propaganda arm of the Republican party or is the Republican Party the political subsidiary of Fox.

    by Dave from Oregon on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 07:58:03 AM PST

    •  Alternatively they may be paralyzed much (1+ / 0-)
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      like deer caught in the headlights and simply swept off the cliff.  I have no idea which it will be, compromise or paralysis.  We will soon find out.

      Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a Republican. But I repeat myself. Harry Truman

      by ratcityreprobate on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 08:07:57 AM PST

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  •  I'll continue to say: (3+ / 0-)
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    MadRuth, phonegery, certainot

     Higher taxes on profit-taking by business owners stimulates reinvestment, while lower taxes are a disincentive to spend on infrastructure and wages.
      Simply put, when the best tax shelter is the business itself, the money will be reinvested where it is made. When it isn't, it will be siphoned off and warehoused elsewhere.

    •  That may actually be the elusive tipping point (2+ / 0-)
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      phonegery, Mulkum

      On the infamous Laffler Curve... the point where it costs more to reinvest in production than to withdraw assets and invest in secondary financial instruments that are divorced from the actual health of the real economy.

    •  Ok, a comment copy to keep your idea (1+ / 0-)
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      jhop7

      in my head.  

      Simply put, when the best tax shelter is the business itself, the money will be reinvested where it is made. When it isn't, it will be siphoned off and warehoused elsewhere.

      It calls to mind the growth curve upward when a successful startup with a better idea starts really ramping upgrowth.

      Time is a long river.

      by phonegery on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 09:49:45 AM PST

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      •  That's a great corollary... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...in that's it is a fairly obvious asset growth strategy to invest early in a successful company.  Jumping behind a great idea earlier than everybody else is the holy grail of investment strategies.
          What's much harder to soldier through is long-term, slower growth (the kind they always tell you to invest in a 401k ...and then wait, and wait, and wait for) when you have large holdings in a company that isn't young and growing exponentially.  When there isn't a big pie to slice up, and the investors all want their piece first, making it cost something extra to gorge themselves might mean there's some left for the others at the table.

    •  thom hartmann tries to point this out as often as (1+ / 0-)
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      possible

      i wish that was common knowledge instead of the lower taxes to stimulate growth bullshit that gets spewed from every RW radio station in the country just bout every day, making it impossible to pass relevant legislation.

      This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and partisan lying by broadcasting sports on Limbaugh radio stations.

      by certainot on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 04:21:30 PM PST

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  •  The GOP found that uncompromising (0+ / 0-)

    position on their own.  

    They chose to go there, of their own volition. They weren't forced into being assholes.

    Yeah, we won. Now, let's kick some progressive ass!

    by cyeko on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 08:57:16 AM PST

  •  WAIT A MINUTE (1+ / 0-)
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    jdld

    Let's assume some really nasty flu gets hold of most of Congress for the next few weeks, and the temporary tax cuts of 2001/2003 expire.

    Q1: is this a Norquist pledge violation?  Allowing a previously enacted, defined-to-be-temporary tax cut package to expire as scheduled?

    OK, once you have that yes / no answer written down..

    Q2: If Congress writes a new bill in March, which lowers tax rates (again) for income below the 250K level, and it passes into law - is this a Norquist pledge violation ?

    Two questions, two yes/no answers.

  •  IMO grover's not the prob. repubs don't have (0+ / 0-)

    principles except when it hurts them not to.

    most would easily make up excuses to reneg but they know what happens when they raise taxes- their names get mentioned on the radio. on national radio and local radio. over and over. that's the main enforcer- the biggest PC cop in the country. that's why even the saxby chamblisses get primaried.

    grover is nothing without RW talk radio. that's what made rove too. and gingrich, and put bush in the white house and clarence thomas on the court.

     all  the left has to do is kill that monopoly and the GOP will fall apart.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and partisan lying by broadcasting sports on Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 04:17:34 PM PST

  •  To honor the "pledge" to Grover Norquist is to (0+ / 0-)

    dishonor the Oath of Office that each elected official must take.  If one of the biggest decisions a public servant must make, to match public resources to public needs, is taken off the table before the person even takes office, violates the oath of office to faithfully execute the office, and to protect the constitution.

    If a politician promised to to "make the tough decisions (and who doesn't promise this?), and the biggest decision, to raise taxes if necessary, has already been made prior to taking the Oath, then the officeholder has lied to his/her constituients.

    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 05:35:06 PM PST

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