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Norquist: Accept Immigration Reform

Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist (pictured in AP file photo) told the Boise City Club there is a simple reason for conservatives to support immigration reform. Economics. Norquist, arguably the single most important voice in branding the modern Republican Party around tax cuts, said low taxes and open immigration are at the heart of the American success story. Fixing the immigration system now will make the 11 million immigrants living in the shadows more productive and grow the economy by $2.5 trillion, he said. “We’re not doing it to win votes, we’re doing it because it’s good economics,” Norquist said. Japan, China and Germany will falter because they have limited immigration and aging populations. The United States is the only nation in the world that has, from its beginning, largely welcomed immigrants, which has contributed to its prosperity, Norquist said/Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you agree with Grover Norquist that immigration reform makes economic sense?


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Trib: Who Made Grover King?

Who gave Grover Norquist, pictured, head of Americans for Tax Reform, authority over what, if any, tax can be raised to bring the country back from the brink of financial disaster? Ask your member of Congress. Ask Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash. Ask Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, both R-Idaho. Ask Reps. Raul Labrador and Mike Simpson, also both R-Idaho. They are among 238 House members and 41 senators who at some point in their careers gave Norquist their signature in blood, pledging to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and businesses; and … oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.”Woe to the GOP politician who violates that pledge. Norquist will unleash an assault from the right, defeating the incumbent in his next primary election battle/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here. (Wikipedia photo)

Question: Had you heard of Grover Norquist before now?

Delegation, Hart Sign Anti-Tax Pledge

As you’ve probably heard by now, negotiations failed this week with the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.  Dubbed the supercommittee, it was charged with finding at least $1.2 trillion in debt savings over the next decade.  Now the political finger-pointing is well underway. One of the people being blamed for the supercommittee’s failure (often by Democrats, and on occasion by Republicans), is Grover Norquist (pictured).  He’s a longtime lobbyist who runs the group Americans for Tax Reform.  Norquist is known for getting hundreds of lawmakers from around the country to sign a pledge promising never to raise taxes/Emilie Ritter Saunders, StateImpact. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Are Idaho's congressional delegation, Phil Hart, and 5 other Idaho legislators being responsible by signing the anti-tax pledge circulated by Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform?

Labrador Targets Energy Subsidies

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador held a press conference in Washington, D.C. today joining, anti-tax activist Grover Norquist, to announce that he's co-sponsoring legislation to do away with “all energy subsidies,” including tax incentives for plug-in electric and fuel cell vehicles, the production tax credit for renewable energy and the investment tax credit for equipment powered by solar, fuel cells or geothermal. “Instead of America's hardworking taxpayers footing the bill for billions of dollars in government subsidies, our legislation would empower the free market to determine which forms of energy our families and businesses use each and every day,” Labrador declared/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Do you agree with Labrador's legislation?

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