Power Lunch with Grover Norquist – Thursday, October 25, 2012

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On Thursday, October 25th, 2012, The Common Good was fortunate enough to host Grover Norquist for a live talk about politics, government spending, fiscal conservatism, and, of course, taxes and tax reform.


Grover Norquist may be one of the most powerful non-elected people in the country. He is President of Americans for Tax Reform, leader of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, and one of the most effective issues management strategists in Washington for three decades.Mr. Norquist has been called both “the most innovative, creative, courageous and entrepreneurial leader of the anti-tax efforts and of conservative grassroots activism in America” and “The dark wizard of the Right’s anti-tax cult.”

Steve Croft of CBS’s 60 Minutes has said of Grover Norquist that he may be the most powerful man in U.S. politics.  Alan Simpson, a retired Republican senator, in that same 60 Minutes program labeled Norquist as “the most powerful man in America.”  Arianna Huffington calls Norquist “The dark wizard of the Right’s anti-tax cult”

More on Grover Norquist:

A native of Massachusetts, Grover Norquist has been one of most effective issues management strategists in Washington for three decades.

Mr. Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a taxpayer advocacy group he founded in 1985 at President Reagan’s request. ATR is a coalition of taxpayer groups, individuals and businesses opposed to higher taxes at the federal, state and local levels. ATR organizes the TAXPAYER PROTECTION PLEDGE, which asks all candidates for federal and state office to commit themselves in writing to oppose all tax increases. In the 112th Congress, 238 House members and 41 Senators have taken the pledge. On the state level, 13 governors and 1249 state legislators have taken the pledge.

Norquist chairs the Washington, DC – based “Wednesday Meeting,” a weekly gathering of more than 150 elected officials, political activists, and movement leaders. The meeting started in 1993 and takes place in ATR’s conference room. There are now 60 similar “center-right” meetings in 48 states.

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