Six, I’m Not Running for Re-Election

Our guest columnist seems to have watched “Casino Jack” recently. He’s also a sixteen-term congresscritter from Virginia. Oh, and he’s a Republican.

My conscience has compelled me to come to the floor today to voice concerns I have with the influence Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform, has on the political process in Washington.

My issue is not with ATR’s goal of keeping taxes low.

Like Ronald Reagan said, and I believe, “the problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.” I want to be perfectly clear: I do not support raising taxes on the American people.

My concern is with the other individuals, groups, and causes with whom Mr. Norquist is associated that have nothing to do with keeping taxes low.

Among them:

One, Mr. Norquist’s relationship with Jack Abramoff. Mr. Abramoff essentially laundered money through ATR and Mr. Norquist knew it.

Two, his association and representation of terrorist financier and vocal Hamas supporter Abdurahman Alamoudi. He also is associated with terrorist financier Sami Al-Arian, who pled guilty in 2006 to conspiring to provide services to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Three, Mr. Norquist’s lobbying on behalf of Fannie Mae.

Four, Mr. Norquist’s representation of the Internet gambling industry.

Five, Mr. Norquist’s advocacy of moving Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States, including 9/11 mastermind Khaled Sheik Mohammed.

Simply put, I believe Mr. Norquist is connected with or has profited from a number of unsavory people and groups out of the mainstream.

Wolf: Grover Norquist’s Relationships Should Give People Pause [Congressman Frank R. Wolf]

Norquist is what America is all about: claim you’re the last hope of virtue while turning a spitted vagrant over an open charcoal pit in anticipation of a cannibal feast.

Fun Fact: Norquist is an NRA board member.

@FlyingChainSaw: Some people are born “to serve man.”

Norquist said he would make it so a Democrat could never govern as one. He has succeeded.

So the financial journalist Michael Lewis on The Daily Show tonight is also the guy who wrote Moneyball? Duuude. And he wrote The Blind Side? Cool. Oddly, I’ve only read his books on Sport.

@redmanlaw: Liar’s Poker was a master work of the genre. Written from inside but nonetheless a deft exposition of the how small a universe of assholes rules markets that rule our lives.

@FlyingChainSaw: Scalia, naturally, has an opinion about Catholic University’s gender-segregated dorms.

@FlyingChainSaw: I’m wondering why, if he feels that way, he didn’t become a priest. I guess there’s more immediate satisfaction playing God from the bench of the Supreme Court.

Also, too, I started using Ghostery and it shows six blocked trackers on the Stinque page.

@karen marie has her eyes tight shut: Lemme guess…

Google Ads, Google Analytics, Amazon, Facebook, and two players to be named later.

I heard some speculation this AM that Palin may run on a third-party ticket, presumably one where she wouldn’t face a primary. Wouldn’t that be great? It would cut the legs out from under the Repub ticket and Obama could walk in.

Damn. Palin says she’s not running for Pres.

@Dodgerblue: Of course she isn’t, it’d interfere with her ability to get on reality TV

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