Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Grover Norquist ; Excerpts from a Monitor Breakfast on Tax Cuts

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Grover Norquist ; Excerpts from a Monitor Breakfast on Tax Cuts

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Grover Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform. Before founding that group in 1985, he served as executive director of the College Republicans, executive director of the National Taxpayers' Union, and economist and chief speechwriter for the US Chamber of Commerce. Since 1993, he has hosted weekly meetings of conservative activists which have been called "the Grand Central Station of the conservative movement." The Democratic Leadership Committee magazine "Blueprint" recently said, "Thanks to the strength of his conservative network and the weakness of the Bush economic team, Norquist has become, in many respects, the most potent influence on the administration's economic plan..."

On Bush administration plans for tax cuts next year:

"Yes, there will be a tax cut every year Bush is president...Taxpayers do not reward you for your tax cut of last year. They want to know next year's tax cut. The only way to prove you will continue to do tax cuts after the next election is to do one every year now. The tax cut will be the retirement savings account, lifetime savings account that the Treasury Department put out last January...Secondly, there will be extension of all the present tax cuts. And then thirdly, there will be a straight up and down vote on the death tax and then fourth, something on expensing. ...[deducting immediately, as opposed to gradually, the cost of an investment.]"

On the need for a 2004 tax cut to help manufacturing:

"The Republican party had better have something ready other than tort reform - which is important - something that can pass that deals with manufacturing and that's expensing. And the Democrats have all endorsed expensing in the past. It is not a partisan issue...they can't argue it is a bad idea. They offered it to us in '81."

On the need for spending discipline:

"One challenge for the Republican party and the conservative movement is to come up with something on spending that is the equivalent of (our position on cutting) taxes and if anyone has any recommendations, I am open. …

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