The great American tax guru (as a traitor to middle class workers) is busy lobbying again for more cheap labor for his business clients. In February he goes to Lincoln, Nebraska for a big pow-wow that includes big business interests and representatives of religious and progressive groups.
To our many new readers: Truthfully, I am sick of writing about Norquist (our lengthy archive on Norquist is here) who I first mentioned at RRW in 2007 when he was running around Washington DC demanding that the US start bringing in the Iraqi ‘refugees’ (most of whom we have learned since are Muslim Iraqis).
More recently we wrote about his cabal of Republican (RINOs) promoting more refugee resettlement to America with cheers from Human Rights First.
Note that Jeb Bush us part of Norquist’s gang of ten.
Before you read about the latest Norquist campaign, be sure to read what former Rep. Frank Wolf said about him on the House floor in 2011 when Wolf questioned his Muslim (and other unsavory) connections (see my post at Potomac Tea Party Report).
Reader Robin sent me this news about the busy business lobbyist, Mr. Norquist, in Washington this week, here at Politico.
That news item leads us to the Lincoln Journal Star story.
Grover Norquist, a national conservative leader with a big streak of renegade in him, is coming to Lincoln to promote immigration reform, which he supports primarily on economic grounds.
Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform, an advocacy group he founded in 1985 at President Ronald Reagan’s request. ATR works to limit the size and cost of government and opposes higher taxes at the federal, state and local levels. [How about the taxpayers who foot the bill for $billions for refugees each year?—ed]
His conservative credentials include his membership on the boards of the National Rifle Association of America and the American Conservative Union.
His most famous quote is: “My goal is to cut government in half in 25 years, to get it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.”
Newt Gingrich called Norquist “the person who I regard as the most innovative, creative, courageous and entrepreneurial leader of the anti-tax efforts and of conservative grassroots activism in America. … He has truly made a difference and truly changed American history.”
But Norquist parts ways with many conservatives on the issue of immigration.
In an essay he wrote in 2013 for The Guardian, Norquist wrote, “People are an asset, not a liability. The United States is the most immigrant-friendly nation in the world and the richest country in the world. This is not a coincidence. Those voices that would make us less immigrant-friendly would make us less successful, less prosperous and certainly less American.”
He endorsed immigration reform legislation that would allow 11 million undocumented immigrants to earn legal status by submitting to a background check to weed out those with felony convictions, and paying taxes and a fine.
Norquist was invited to speak at an invitation-only reception and dinner Feb. 2 at Lincoln Station by a coalition of businesses, people, lawyers and interest groups: the Nebraska Restaurant Association, the Nebraska Retail Federation, Nebraska Cattlemen Association, League of Women Voters of Lancaster County, Prairie Fire — The Progressive Voice of the Great Plains, Brown Immigration Law LLC of Lincoln and Justice for Our Neighbors of Nebraska, a nonprofit in Omaha.
Amazing how these groups are so willing to follow Norquist’s lead, do they have any idea who they are following?
Norquist and the disastrous Arab Spring!
I just came across this interesting little nugget: Did you know that Norquist was one of the “smart” people asked to weigh in on who should be Time’s Person of the Year in 2011. Look who Norquist nominated—Mohamed Bouazizi—good choice I guess if you are a Muslim Brotherhood sympathizer (as their fortunes were rising). However, didn’t work out too well for them ultimately, did it? And, why should Norquist, a defender of the taxpayer, care so much about what was happening in Egypt?
Conservative lobbyist Grover Norquist nominated the Tunisian vegetable vendor whose horrific self-immolation Norquist credits with setting off the revolutions that would become known as the Arab Spring. Norquist said, “I think he set off something that wouldn’t have happened without his act, at least not when it did.”
Do you live in Lincoln? Looking for something to do on Feb. 2nd—you should be out there protesting Norquist (the darling of the US Chamber of Commerce)!
Note to Nebraskans! Our top post in recent days has been this one about Syrian Muslims being resettled in Nebraska.
Senator Jeff Sessions immigration handbook!
If you haven’t seen it, see the champion for workers of America handbook on the immigration crisis facing our country. Between progressive open borders advocates and big business, no one but Sessions is standing for the squeezed American worker!