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Grover Norquist: Obama Is Great Campaigner, Lousy Leader

By    |   Monday, 09 February 2015 07:17 AM

Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, recently appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal to discuss the latest fiscal policy ideas of the Obama administration.

Norquist was interviewed by Steve Scully, veteran Sunday host, who began the interview by asking for Norquist’s reaction to the president’s budget blueprint.

Norquist responded that this was a “political statement, like the State of the Union, not a governing document.”

Thus these are things the president wants to talk about, but not to do, realizing that he doesn’t have control of either house of Congress, whereas in 2009-10 he had control of Congress and could have passed them easily. (One could say that in those years he was focused on Obamacare as a higher priority.)

Norquist credited Obama with being a very good campaigner but criticized him for not being as good at governing.

As an example, Norquist offered the fact that during the budget negotiations in 2011 Obama sent Vice President Joe Biden and “wasn’t even in the room.”

He suggested that Obama avoids doing things he doesn’t like, and the budget is one of those. He called this unfortunate because for the next two years the country needs a president rather than a candidate.

Scully brought up the proposal by Obama to invest in infrastructure and paying for it by raising taxes on corporations and closing loopholes in the tax code that benefit wealthier taxpayers, as Norquist snickered and blamed the president for putting in massive subsidies for energy programs like ethanol, solar, and wind.

Norquist criticized those programs as politicizing parts of the economy and called for the elimination of targeted tax subsidies in order to reduce the tax rate for all Americans, “clean up the code and get rid of the cronyism” that Obama has promoted.

Norquist proceeded to dissect expressions Obama used, ridiculing “investment” as a term politicians use when they don’t want to say they are spending taxpayers’ money, as with “the $800 billion stimulus that was supposed to create jobs and didn’t.”

Norquist added that “infrastructure” refers to raising taxes, supposedly to build roads, then spending it elsewhere.

In response to Scully’s question about the positions of GOP presidential candidates, Norquist said all have pledged not to raise taxes except Jeb Bush, and the question with Bush is his negotiating skills more than his position on taxes.

Norquist recalled how Presidents Reagan and Bush (41) agreed to tax increases in return for spending cuts that never occurred.

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