Grover Norquist, the head of Americans for Tax Reform and famous for getting Republicans to sign his “no new taxes pledge,” really irritates me. (More)

Grover has had way more than his allotted 15 minutes of fame. George H. W. Bush (41) recently captured my feelings exactly. Bush said, “Who the hell is Grover Norquist, anyway?”

Good question, President Bush, in fact it is a most excellent question.

Most political junkies know Grover for his quip “I’m not in favor of abolishing the government. I just want to shrink it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.”

He is known as the promoter of the “Taxpayer Protection Pledge”, which was signed by 95% of all Republican Congressmen and all but one of the 2012 Republican presidential candidates, to oppose increases in marginal income tax rates for individuals and businesses, as well as net reductions or eliminations of deductions and credits without a matching reduced tax rate.

Promoter? Grover Norquist is quite the promoter. 95% of Republican Congress people have signed his pledge. Apparently they would rather fall in line behind Grover than actually govern in the best interests of their constituents. Is this how democracy was envisioned by our founders? I don’t think so. Some Grover guy sets up a lobbying business and starts twisting conservative politicians. The implied threat is if you’re not with us, we are against you. I’ve heard the phrase that “Republicans fall in line” but really?

A lobbyist who makes $200K/year for 24 hours a week of work is calling the shots on our national tax policy?

Okay Grover. Here’s the deal. I think that if you want to speak for ‘the American people,’ as is your wont, you ought to just run for office, get elected and join the government. This back room lobbying and implied threats will not help solve the nation’s problems. You are not the solution. You are a symptom of the problems that over and over again reveal the shallowness and selfishness of Republican policies. You are a well paid shill for the privileged and uber-wealthy people who fund your “Americans for Tax Reform” gig. Either run for office or get a real job.

P.S. You may need to move out of Washington, D.C. to have your voice heard as an elected official.