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Tag: grover norquist

April
22nd

ENERGY: Don’t roll back solar incentives

Re: “Solar energy rules under attack from conservatives” (TNT, 4-21).

The article on efforts to roll back state incentives for policies that favor green energy points out that the big utilities and such “conservative” actors as the Koch brothers and Grover Norquist are behind the misleading and counterproductive campaign. They assert that net-metering solar power producers do not pay to maintain the power grid, which is clearly false.

As one homeowner with solar panels tied to the grid, I can tell you that I do pay a customer charge for that connection, beyond what I pay for electricity I

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Dec.
4th

GOP: Pledge won’t lower deficit

How did one individual – an unelected, unappointed lobbyist - convince all those Republicans to sign pledges saying they would never raise taxes? I always thought our elected officials were supposed to work for the people that elected them, not lobbyists. Those Republicans that signed those pledges need to rip them up, and kick Grover Norquist to the curb and tell him to get lost.

The only way to have any chance of lowering our huge deficit is to raise taxes, cut spending and fix Medicare and Social Security so they don’t go broke in the future. That means the Democrats need to

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Nov.
19th

ELECTION: And now, the winners and losers

Time to assess the 2012 election:

Winners:

• The American labor movement, whose volunteers made hundreds of thousands of phone calls and house visits in support of victorious Democratic candidates.

• Sen. Patty Murray, who took on the unpopular task of defending 23 Democratic seats in the U.S. Senate. Not only were all successful, but she also picked up two more.

• Small donors to Democratic Senate and House candidates, many of whom won against an overwhelming financial advantage on the Republican side.

• Nate Silver, the operator of the 538 blog for successfully predicting all winners with the exception

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Nov.
14th

GOP: Republicans need to stop rationalizing

It is interesting to read how some Republicans keep rationalizing their loss this election. “It was Romney’s fault” (although my respect for him grew in the debates), “It was Obama’s slanderous attacks,” “It was the media,” etc. etc.

They fail to recognize that a majority of Americans do not want a party in power that denigrates women, which is not willing to embrace an increasingly multicultural society, which is riddled with racism, which firmly set its policies to deny Barack Obama a second term, which kept questioning our president’s birth certificate, which does not want to look at the Bush

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Nov.
1st

ELECTION: Would Romney be Norquist’s puppet?

I’m surprised that the Democrat campaigners have not reminded the electorate of the widely televised comment during the Republican primaries by Grover Norquist. The ultraconservative no-tax guru proclaimed that the country only needed a president with four functioning fingers and an opposable thumb.

He obviously referred to a puppet president who will sign what he’s instructed to sign by the Republican operatives we’ve known well. A vote for a hollow Romney is a vote for McConnell, Boehner, McCain, Rove, Cheney, Norquist, maybe even Palin, ad nauseum.

July
5th

GOP: Republicans’ actions tantamount to treason

Treason is backstabbing, betrayal, falseness, sellout and treachery. Republicans are committing treason against Americans by keeping the economy in the sewer and millions unemployed.

Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein, Washington Post journalists, wrote: “Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem.” The gist of their column: “The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.”

They obstruct and sabotage fixing the economy. They won’t pass President Obama’s jobs bills. Treason is the betrayal

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