You probably know Grover Norquist, the right winger behind “Americans for Tax Reform” . Or at least heard of hisrecent diatribe, disigenuously making claims about the taxation of Olympic medal winners… (I will blog on this if I have time in the coming days).
But for now- this is my message to good ole Grover…
You claim to be a conservative. A champion of states rights. And a champion of not only tax reform but tax fairness.
So I must ask- why are you silent on the IRS going after the medical marijuana industry? An industry legal in 16 states and the district of columbia? An industry operating within their states laws. An industry who due to federal pressure have a hard time finding banks that will do business with them, and that have been cut off by most major credit card companies?
An industry that, despite dutifully paying their taxes for, in some cases, over 16 years (which the IRS gleefully cashed) are now being told they owe millions in back taxes because, well, their business is illegal under federal law and they can’t deduct the business expenses every other business can?
So come on Grover. If you actually believe in something, and aren’t just another partisan hack- then speak up. Defend the morals you claim to believe in.
But of course, you won’t. Because you don’t actually believe in anything but power. A power that is waning as more and more GOP (and Tea Party) candidates refuse to sign, or renew, your pledge. Hence your Olympic diatribe- clutching at straws as your power wanes as people see you for what you really are…