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Tax hater Norquist sums up Romney loss: ‘Poopy-head’ Rose Gordon Sala, @RoseGSala 1


Hwy, Grover a non-partisan federal agency has released a study that says, ‘ tax cuts for the rich do not result in jobs.’  Let it go, Grover. You can no longer try to justify your blackmail agenda! The Trickle-Down economic theory was always a myth.

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Grover Norquist, founder of the taxpayer advocacy group, Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), attends the Reuters Washington Summit in Washington June 27, 2012. (Photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

Grover Norquist, founder of the taxpayer advocacy group, Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), attends the Reuters Washington Summit in Washington June 27, 2012. (Photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

Let the name calling begin. Grover Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform, blamed Mitt Romney’s election loss on the Obama campaign’s painting the Republican candidate as a “poopy-head.”

“The president was elected on the basis that he’s not Romney and that Romney was a poopy-head and you should vote against Romney,” Norquist said on CBS This Morning Monday.

He continued on to describe negative campaign ads released by the Obama campaign.

“You can trash an individual and get them to vote against him,” Norquist said.

Norquist, who is likely nervous about all the pro-tax talk in Washington right now, said he didn’t believe the president’s re-election provided a mandate to raise taxes on the wealthy — or anyone. Norquist’s organization encourages elected officials to sign a pledge that they will oppose any attempts to increase taxes on individuals or businesses.

President Obama’s campaign stump speech consistently called for “the wealthy to pay a little bit more,” particularly by ending a Bush-era tax cut for those American households making more than $250,000 a year.

Norquist disputed that either President Obama or Republican House Speaker John Boehner were interested in raising taxes.

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“Obama, House speaker Boehner say they’re ready to deal, but will parties let them?” 1


U.S. President Obama delivers a statement on the economy - DC

Obama delivers a statement about the action to reduce the deficit | Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT

By Anita Kumar and David Lightman | McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON — President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner said Friday that they want to work together to avert spending cuts and tax increases that could throw the economy back into a recession – but both also come to the negotiations with the same sharp differences they had before this week’s elections.

The key divide involves income tax rates. Obama wants to continue the Bush-era rates, which are scheduled to expire at the end of the year, for families that make less than $250,000 annually. Republicans say the current rates should continue for everyone, including the wealthy.

The president spoke at the White House for the first time since his decisive win Tuesday over Republican Mitt Romney, and he maintained that most Americans support his “balanced approach” of cutting spending while raising taxes on the rich.

“I want to be clear: I’m not wedded to every detail of my plan,” Obama said. “I’m open to compromise. I’m open to new ideas. I’m committed to solving our fiscal challenges. But I refuse to accept any approach that isn’t balanced.”

Boehner, an Ohio Republican, who spoke on Capitol Hill earlier in the day, said he was open to compromise on virtually everything – except higher taxes.

“Everyone wants to get our economy moving again,” he said. “Everyone wants to get more Americans back to work again. Raising tax rates will slow down our ability to create the jobs everyone says they want.”

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky took a harder line.

“There is no consensus on raising tax rates, which would undermine the jobs and growth we all believe are important to our economy,” he said. “While I appreciate and share the president’s desire to put the election behind us, the fact is we still have yet to hear an actual plan from the president for addressing the great economic challenges we face.”

Democrats quickly fired back. “The president’s message today was as clear as the outcome of the election,” said House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md.

Obama won re-election with 50.5 percent of the popular vote, and the Democrats increased their majority in the Senate. The party expects to control 55 seats next year, up from the current 53. But Republicans will retain control of the House of Representatives with a strong majority.  FULL ARTICLE

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