Archive for Friday, July 29, 2005

Republican criticizes own party

GOP should be against tax increases, he says, while honoring Kansan

July 29, 2005


— Anti-tax increase crusader Grover Norquist swung through Kansas on Thursday and compared Republicans who vote for tax increases to "rat heads in a Coke bottle."

Norquist, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Americans for Tax Reform, helped provide an award to state Sen. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, a leading opponent of tax increases in the Kansas Legislature who is considering a run for Congress.

Norquist, a close ally of President Bush and key figure who helped push through the administration's tax cuts, said Republicans should adhere to the anti-tax philosophy.

"Republicans who vote for tax increases are rat heads in a Coke bottle. They damage the brand. They don't just hurt themselves," Norquist said.

His comments brought a shrug from State GOP Chairman Tim Shallenburger, who said Norquist represented a special interest, anti-tax group.

"He is selling his own recipe of what a Republican should look like," Shallenburger said.

"Generally, Republicans should not support tax increases, but I wouldn't say unilaterally that if they do, they're the equivalent of a rat head in a Coke bottle," he said.

He added: "Taxes have come from somewhere. In Kansas, the Democrats have not controlled the process enough to where they can be blamed for everything."

For years, Norquist has been getting Congressional candidates to sign a pledge that they will not vote for tax increases. Currently, 222 members of the House and 46 senators, including all of Kansas' Republican delegation, have signed the pledge.

"The Republican Party needs to stand at the state level as it does at the national level and say no to higher taxes," he said.

Norquist also spoke against judges making decisions that he said should be left to elected lawmakers.

Huelskamp has opposed tax increases and been a leader in efforts to reduce the authority of the Kansas Supreme Court in the current school finance case, in which the court ordered lawmakers to increase funding.

Huelskamp's was named by Norquist's group, and Karl Peterjohn, executive director of the Kansas Taxpayers Network, as a "hero of the taxpayer."

Huelskamp has announced his intention to run for Congress if U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran, a Republican from Hays, decides to run for governor. Moran's office said no decision has been made yet on whether he will run for governor.


Richard Heckler 12 years, 4 months ago

Kansas Republicans need to keep Kansas in mind and send Grover packing back to D.C. Likewise Kansas republicans need to quit the GW Bush wannnabe game. In fact a lot of Kansas republicans need to be replaced with moderates or democrats who want to be Kansans instead of a Bush/Rove groupie. Bush and Rove are dishonest people.

I love it when president's and their staff treat taxpayers like they are idiots. Taxpayers love to be able to trust such important celebrities only to find out that is very naive.

captain_poindexter 12 years, 4 months ago

Here's a quiz wendt:

On the scale of 0-10, the relevancy of that face? 0.

So I get it, it is Bush's fault that 9/11 happened, its Bush's fault the terrorists struck Madrid and London, its Bush's fault the traffic is bad on 23rd street, its Bush's fault that you have no friends.......etc.


Densmore 12 years, 4 months ago

I don't believe that wendt claimed that the facts that he presented were relevant. He merely offered them as interesting. They were, in fact, interesting. Moreover, these facts are relevant. They provide evidence that Grover Norquist was working to exchange government favors for votes, such favors being an obvious risk to national security. This being the case, why should any decent Kansan want him in our state handing out awards?

Here's a quiz for you, corporal_poindexter. What is the probability that your remarks will be mean-spirited and crass?

a. 100% b. 100% c. 100% d. All of the above.

ksmattfish 12 years, 4 months ago

It costs money to be the greatest country in the world, particulary when we are at war. When you say "no taxes" you are saying no food for starving American children, no body armor for American soldiers, and no education for American adults and children, etc... Paying your taxes is neccessary to keep America on top. It's patriotic. Not paying your share is selfish, and weakens the country.

Instead of saying "no taxes" maybe we as tax payers should demand accountability from those in charge of the taxes we pay. Make sure that the money is going to American kids and soldiers instead of corporate welfare. Both the Republicans and Democrats are screwing us all by catering to those that can afford to bribe them, instead of the best interests of the nation, and we just let it happen over and over again.

Behind closed doors the Democrats and the Republicans and their fat cat buddies are shaking hands and laughing. "Keep up the good work!", they're saying, "There is a nation of suckers to fleece."

Richard Heckler 12 years, 4 months ago

We don't want to give Phil Kline any ideas.

John1945 12 years, 4 months ago

Posted by merrill on July 29 at 3:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"We don't want to give Phil Kline any ideas"

Honey, Phill Kline has more ideas than you ever thought of and he's not just regurgitating someone else's propaganda.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.