It’s hard to decide who you want to win in this one, Grover Norquist or Alan Simpson.
Here’s what Simpson said to bring this on: “If this guy is the most powerful guy in America, elect him president. He’s got ‘em. He can’t murder you. He can’t burn your house. The only thing he can do to you is defeat you for reelection.” That “he’s got ‘em” presumably referring to congressional Republicans.
And Norquist’s response:
“Alan Simpson is old enough to have been in Congress and vote for the 1982 budget deal, which was supposed to get three dollars of spending cuts for every dollar of tax increases. Actually spending increased more rapidly after that deal. Tax increases real, spending cuts weren’t. Then eight years later, having learned nothing in 1982, he did it again. Two dollars promised spending cuts for every dollar of tax increases. Tax increases real. Spending cuts weren’t. The rest of the modern Republican Party watched Alan Simpson vote in 1982 and 1990 for a budget deal which led to tax increases and spending increases—no spending restraint at all. And learned, don’t do that. Alan Simpson is old enough to have been there, but too old to have remembered what happened, and he missed what he’s talking about.”
That’s after telling the Wall Street Journal that “[h]e leaves the same things on my voice mail, and people wonder whether he’s been drinking.” In other words, Simpson’s a senile drunk.
No response from Norquist yet on what Speaker John Boehner is, for calling him just some “random person.”
- Alan Simpson Takes on Grover Norquist, AARP (blogs.wsj.com)
- Former Sen. Alan Simpson: Who is Grover Norquist a slave to? (kaystreet.wordpress.com)
- Reid says Republican lawmakers ‘being led like puppets’ by Grover Norquist (thehill.com)
- ‘Life Fine Tuned’ Brings Grover Norquist To The Big Screen (huffingtonpost.com)
- Norquist: Letting Payroll Tax Cuts Expire Not a Tax Hike (usnews.com)
- You: Super Committee, Super Stakes (thedailybeast.com)
- Nancy Pelosi says Dems willing to accept pain on deficit (sfgate.com)
- Simpson, Bowles want deep cuts from debt panel (seattletimes.nwsource.com)