Best Quotes from Grover Norquist

It is wrong to divide the nation white against black, native born against immigrant or one religion against another. It is also wrong to divide people by income. East Germany was not an improvement over South Africa. Obama divides Americans against each other. This is wrong.

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Hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue.

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Obsessions turn people off.

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Our goal is to shrink government to the size where we can drown it in a bathtub.

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Spending is not caring. Spending is what politicians do instead of caring. Spending more does not guarantee success. Politicians like to measure spending because it is easier than measuring actual metrics of accomplishment.

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Democrats are people who raise your taxes and spend your money on weird stuff. They steal your guns, and they spit on your faith. And because the Democratic Party was taken over by the aggressive secular guys, they became hostile not just to conservative Catholics and evangelical Christians, but Orthodox Jews and Muslims and Mormons.

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Every time you cut programs, you take away a person who has a vested interest in high taxes and you put him on the tax rolls and make him a taxpayer. A farmer on subsidies is part welfare bum, whereas a free-market farmer is a small businessman with a gun.

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My ideal citizen is the self-employed, homeschooling, IRA-owning guy with a concealed-carry permit.

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It would be unwise for the modern Republican Party to come across as hostile to immigration. That has been the losing position in American history for 200 years.

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I run a taxpayer group – the most powerful guy in D.C., nonsense. OK? There are buildings with thousands of people in them, all lobbying for more spending and higher levels of spending and more government commitments. And there are a handful – a handful of groups that fight for less spending.

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The problem is government spends too much. So raising taxes is what politicians do, instead of reducing spending.

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Government should enforce rule of law. It should enforce contracts, it should protect people bodily from being attacked by criminals. And when the government does those things, it is facilitating liberty. When it goes beyond those things, it becomes destructive to both human happiness and human liberty.

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This always confuses liberals, that conservatives like the military and don’t like the bureaucracy. That’s because the military has their guns pointed out and the bureaucracy has them pointed in.

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Obama has been perhaps the most partisan President since Truman. He hasn’t learned to be civil – note his insulting speech to Paul Ryan, who did us the courtesy of scoring a budget. The president has to talk to Republicans when it comes to the debt ceiling. He has reached the debt ceiling before anyone expected.

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We plan to pick up another five seats in the Senate and hold the House through redistricting through 2012. And rather than negotiate with the teachers’ unions and the trial lawyers and the various leftist interest groups, we intend to break them.

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The future of the Republican Party, all the different folks looking to lead the Republican Party at the national level in the future, recognize we should do immigration reform.

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If you have to change the law to get more money, that’s a tax increase, and Americans for Tax Reform supports all efforts of tax reform, getting rid of deductions or credits, or something that’s misclassified, as long as you at the same time reduce rates so that it’s not a hidden tax.

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Look, the center right coalition in American politics today is best understood as a coalition of groups and individuals that on the issue that brings them to politics what they want from the government is to be left alone.

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If you’re so committed to liberty that you see the Soviet Union as a threat, you’re a Republican. If you’re kind of indifferent to freedom and the level of the lack of freedom in the Soviet Union is just a question of extent and not really threatening to anybody, then you’re a Democrat.

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My goal is to cut government in half in twenty-five years, to get it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.

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The important thing about tax reform is you make the tax code less complicated, easier for people to understand.

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The goal is to reduce the size and scope of government spending, not to focus on the deficit. The deficit is the symptom of the disease.

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We should reduce total government spending as a percentage of the economy. The left wants to focus on the deficit so they can take us away from the focus on spending as a percentage of the economy.

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Well, certainly the Democrats have been arguing to raise the capital gains tax on all Americans. Obama says he wants to do that. That would slow down economic growth. It’s not necessarily helpful to the economy. Every time we’ve cut the capital gains tax, the economy has grown. Whenever we raise the capital gains tax, it’s been damaged.

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I’m for tax reform, not tax increases.

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We want to reduce the size of government in half as a percentage of GNP over the next 25 years. We want to reduce the number of people depending on government so there is more autonomy and more free citizens.

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Being married is kind of like being a Ken-doll; you don’t get to dress yourself anymore.

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The statists want to control the economy.

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Clinton and Obama practice this politics known quaintly as the Richard Speck strategy: if you cannot take on everyone in the room at once, take them out of the room one at a time.

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I read murder mysteries. I exercise 40 minutes a day. I watch videotapes while I exercise. I listen to audiotapes when I am in my car. And I try to stay in three different centuries.

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Wars are expensive and dangerous. They’re not political winners.

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The tax issue is the most powerful issue in American politics going back to the Tea Party. People say, ‘Oh, Grover Norquist has power.’ No. Grover Norquist and Americans for Tax Reform focus on the tax issue. The tax issue is a powerful issue.

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If the parties would brand themselves the way Coke and Pepsi and other products do so that you knew what you were buying, it had quality control. I vote for the Republican. He or she will not raise my taxes. I’ll buy one. I’ll take that one home.

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As long as we’re focused on spending, there are only two ways to do that: One is spend less, and Democrats have no solutions for that. Or we have pro-growth policies that make the economy grow so the dead-weight cost of government becomes a smaller percentage of the economy and therefore less expensive.

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Twenty-five years ago, I created the Taxpayer Protection Pledge at the federal level. Then I brought it to the state and local level. About 97 percent of the Republicans in the House and 85 percent in the Senate have signed on, and the number of candidates who have taken the pledge is even higher. It’s become a party position.

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There are several reasons to oppose tax increases. First, every dollar of tax increase is a dollar you didn’t get in spending restraint. Two, if you walk into the Democrats’ Andrews-Air-Force-Base, Lucy-with-the-Football trick for the third time in a row – they don’t have have a saying for being fooled three times!

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The American taxpayers are a powerful force. They don’t want their taxes raised. Obama and the Democrats have a fight with the American people, not with me.

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Obama wants to take the individual small business tax to 44 percent, and the corporate rate – he says – down to 28 percent or whatever. But that really damages the small businesses. And it doesn’t make us competitive. You got to take them both down to 20, because state and local corporate taxes are 5 percent.

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I think it’s very important to always make sure that you’re talking to the entire coalition and to as many Americans as possible; not to go chasing after one little group or another. The Democrats would bring new groups into their party and not notice that larger groups are going out the back door.

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The job of the government isn’t to go around and try and make people sacrifice, it’s to try and make people free. The reason why we have a national defense is to protect our freedoms.

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I know the activists I deal with, we sort of try and check each other to make sure that we haven’t gone native, that you come to Washington thinking it’s a cesspool, you don’t want to end up thinking it’s really a hot tub and getting used to it. So that’s something one has to keep an eye on all the time.

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When I was younger, I thought of myself as a Nixon Republican because he was the anti-Communist.

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Democrats are people who raise your taxes and spend your money on weird stuff. They steal your guns, and they spit on your faith.

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If the Republican Party works with the Hispanic community, the immigrant community, they’re natural allies. People who came to this country are more freedom-loving and more American than people who just happened to be born here.

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The question is: How do we reduce spending from 25% of GDP, which is where Obama put us? The focus is on total government spending. Can we bring it down, in a reasonable and politically acceptable way? That’s what the Paul Ryan plan does. It puts us on a gradual reform path to reducing the size of government.

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Obama is a guy who claims to be unaware that there was a Tea Party, a guy that’s detached from the country.

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We should reduce total government spending as a percentage of the economy.

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A 20-pound weight on the back of a small horse is more damaging than a 20-pound weight on a very big horse.

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There’s no reason to raise taxes. Taxes should be lower… The problem we have is that government spends too much, not that taxes are too low.

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The tax issue is the most powerful issue in American politics going back to the Tea Party.

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We cannot allow anything that’s called ‘national defense’ to justify any and all spending. We need to be very, very careful that we don’t overspend and say, ‘Oh, that’s defense,’ when perhaps it isn’t.

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We need a Federal government that does what the government needs to do and stops doing what the government ought not to be doing.

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