Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan could have been singled out for her racy Playboy photos, but instead she tops the naughty side of the annual “Naughty and Nice List” put out by the Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) for a much less scintillating reason.
“Lindsay Lohan for costing all taxpayers so much money every time she goes to court — or forgets to go to court,” declares conservative activist Grover Norquist, who pioneered the “anti-tax increase” tax pledge embraced by Republicans, in an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV.
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The annual list compiled by Norquist’s organization also gives a tongue-in-cheek pat on the back to Constitutional progressives for providing Norquist with fuel for his home — in the form of petitions.
And the elves at ATR couldn’t forget about Occupy Wall Street, who also made the nice list.
“They’ve really done a good job of reminding the American people that there are people out there who think they should make a living off of your work,” said Norquist.
“They don’t spend their days looking for work. They just spend their days being mean to policemen and blocking traffic for people who do go to work. And then they whine and have demonstrations demanding that everybody pay them welfare.”
Speaking of wine, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley made the naughty list for raising the state’s alcohol tax and making eggnog more expensive.
Then there was the little respected supercommittee, which made the nice list for not raising taxes.
“I think at the end of the day that super-secret committee did us a favor by not supporting a tax increase, but I’m not sure how much credit we want to give them for that,” explained Norquist of his list.
Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin drew real praise on the nice list for his attempt to save Americans from the burden of $6 trillion in debt over the next 10 years, while House Speaker John Boehner scored a place on the nice list for his contribution in Congress.
“Speaker Boehner came up with the Boehner rule this year which I think is going to save taxpayers a lot of money over the years in decades to come, that anytime the Congress or the president wants to increase the debt ceiling they have to reduce the total cost of government over the next decade by the same amount,” said Norquist.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was singled out for his financial prudence.
“He’s got a tough state to govern. He’s a Republican. The other party runs his legislature yet he’s been able to convince the legislature first by speaking plainly and honestly with the people of New Jersey about the real costs of government that you have there,” Norquist said.
At the national level, holiday kudos went to Sens. Lee and Hatch of Utah for putting forth a “very good” balanced budget amendment.
“It requires a two-thirds vote to raise taxes,” explained Norquist. “And it protects against over spending by limiting total government spending to 18 percent of the economy.”
As for President Barack Obama, it’s an easy guess which list he made.
It wasn’t the nice list.
“I mean Obama for killing too many jobs,” insisted Norquist.
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