Should elected officials sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge committing in writing to oppose and vote against any and all net tax increases?
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Mr. Norquist, a native of Massachusetts, has been one of Washington’s most effective issues management strategists for over two decades.
Mr. Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), 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. To date, 172 House members, and 34 Senators have taken the pledge. On the state level, 7 governors and over 1100 state legislators have taken the pledge.
Mr. Norquist also:
* Serves on the board of directors of the National Rifle Association of America.
* Serves on the board of directors of the American Conservative Union.
* Serves as a Contributing Editor to the American Spectator Magazine.
* Serves as president of the American Society of Competitiveness.
* Authored the book Leave Us Alone: Getting the Government’s Hands Off Our Money, Our Guns, Our Lives
In the past, Mr. Norquist served as:
* A commissioner on the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce.
* A commissioner on the National Commission on Restructuring the Internal Revenue Service.
* Economist and chief speech-writer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce (1983-1984).
* Campaign staff on the 1988, 1992, 1996 Republican Platform Committees.
* Executive director of the National Taxpayersâ€™ Union.
* Executive director of the College Republicans.
In the words of Newt Gingrich, Grover Norquist is “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.”
P.J. O’Rourke says, “Grover Norquist is Tom Paine crossed with Lee Atwater plus just a soupcon of Madame Defarge.”
Arianna Huffington calls Norquist “The dark wizard of the Right’s anti-tax cult”
Mr. Norquist holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, both from Harvard University. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Samah and his daughters, Grace, and Giselle.
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This is the second installment in a five-part series on the taxes embedded in Obamacare. The first installment, "The five tax hikes in Obamacare that most hurt seniors," can be found here.
The jobs-killing Obamacare law contains 20 new or higher taxes on American families and employers. Many of these tax increases fall on families making less than $250,000 --- a direct violation of candidate Obama's promise not to raise "any form" of taxes on these families. In less than a week, the second anniversary of Obamacare being signed into law will take place. The Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments about the constitutionality of Obamacare next week.
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To read Andy Stern’s letter to Grover Norquist, click here.
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