Posts Tagged ‘Grover Norquist’

What would a Tea Party utopia really be like for women, disenfranchised voters and the poor? Don’t look to Slate’s Reihan Salam for answers

June 20, 2014

By Matthew E. Milliken
June 20, 2014

Reihan Salam, a conservative writer who became a regular Slate columnist this spring, has tried to picture how the United States would look if it were ruled by the Tea Party. He calls this conservative fantasyland Teatopia.

Most of Salam’s piece revolves around subsidiarity, which boils down decentralizing government. If the federal bureaucracy of Salam’s vision — which the author describes as a thought exercise, instead of as a future that he would necessarily endorse — isn’t exactly small enough to drown in a bathtub, it might at least be spare enough to fit in one:

Tea Party conservatives … favor voluntary cooperation among free individuals over local government, local government over state government, and state government over the federal government. Teatopia would in some respects look much like our own America, only the contrasts would be heightened. California and New York, with their dense populations and liberal electorates, would have even bigger state governments that provide universal pre-K, a public option for health insurance, and generous funding for mass transit. They might even have their own immigration policies, which would be more welcoming toward immigrants than the policies the country as a whole would accept.

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On Monday, Glenn Beck attacked Grover Norquist. Seven minutes of irrationality ensued.

October 23, 2013

By Matthew E. Milliken
Oct. 23, 2013

Recently, my attention was called to an astounding masterpiece of paranoid nonsense being peddled by conservative talker Glenn Beck. Let’s just plunge into this Monday segment from Beck’s video production, the Blaze:

Beck: I remember during the Bush administration, I used to make fun of Grover Norquist, cause people used to say he was a big power player, and I never even heard of him. And then I started talking to people, and they all said, “Oh no, he is [a] really spooky guy. Don’t take him on, Glenn, while you’re taking on George Soros.” Well, things have to be done now, don’t they? So let’s start telling the truth and exposing people for who they really are.

This is quintessential Beck. He is a regular guy (“people used to say he was a big power player, and I never even heard of him”), but he is brave enough to battle unspecified threats (“things have to be done now, don’t they?”). Beck also in his opening invokes Soros, a liberal financier whom I gather is the conservative talker’s favorite leftist boogeyman.

Beck proceeds to introduce two guests: Frank Gaffney, president of the Center for Security and Policy, and Daniel Greenfield, a fellow of the David Horowitz Center for Freedom.

Beck: He [Norquist] is — he is the guy responsible for a lot of the Muslim Brotherhood stuff that goes on in the White House now, isn’t he? Start with Frank, and Daniel, you can take it too.

Gaffney: You know, Glenn, I think most people who know Grover only as kind of a prominent anti-tax guy in the conservative movement would find that statement unbelievable, and to be honest with you, I would have, but for the fact that I saw it first-hand as a result of sharing office space for what I think of as seven biblically long years with Grover Norquist, in which I had an opportunity to witness it first-hand. I saw terrorists in his office space. I had colleagues come to me and say, “You know, there’s a Muslim Brotherhood front operating out of his office suite.” It was called the Islamic Free Market Foundation, or Institute — I-I, Islamic Institute, for short. This was an operation that was created by a man who’s now serving time in federal prison for terrorism by the name of Abdul Rahman al-Amoudi, and it went on from there, penetrating the Bush campaign leading up to 2000 and then the Bush White House, and that set the stage for what’s going on under Obama now.

Note that in his question, Beck is either calling President Barack Obama out as a Muslim and/or a Muslim Brotherhood ally, operative or dupe.

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One Wondrous Sentence: Fiscal cliff deal-breakers

December 4, 2012

This one wondrous sentence about a talk between influential anti-tax activist Grover Norquist and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) illustrates just why it will — probably — be extremely difficult for Democrats and Republicans to agree upon a deal that avoids the so-called fiscal cliff and reduces national debt.

In an earlier private telephone chat, Norquist said, Graham had assured him that he would compromise on taxes only if Democrats agreed to entitlement changes “on a massive scale” — prompting Norquist to tell Graham that he would “never be tempted” to raise taxes because the left would never make such a concession.

Source: Peter Wallsten, “Norquist still calling cadence in GOP ranks,” The Washington Post, Dec. 2, 2012. (Link is to story’s second page.)

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