Why do people continue to bow down and worship at the altar of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR)? ATR boss Grover Norquist is pro-amnesty for illegals, far-left on social issues, and was squat in the center of the Jack Abramoff scandal, as the money laundering wing of the conservative movement.
The Jack Abramoff Indian lobbying scandal was a United States political scandal first exposed in 2005 relating to the work performed by political lobbyists Jack Abramoff, Ralph E. Reed, Jr., Grover Norquist and Michael Scanlon on Native American casino gambling interests for an estimated $85 million in fees. Abramoff and Scanlon grossly overbilled their clients, secretly splitting the multimillion-dollar profits. In one case, they were secretly orchestrating lobbying against their own clients in order to force them to pay for lobbying services.
In the course of the scheme, the lobbyists were accused of illegally giving gifts and making campaign donations to legislators in return for votes or support of legislation. Representative Bob Ney (R-OH) and two aides to Tom DeLay (R-TX) have been directly implicated; other politicians have various ties.
... On June 22, 2006 the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs released its final report on the scandal. The report states that under the guidance of the Mississippi Choctaw tribe's planner, Nell Rogers, the tribe agreed to launder money because "Ralph Reed did not want to be paid directly by a tribe with gaming interests." It also states that Reed used non-profits, including Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform, as pass-throughs to disguise the origin of the funds, and that "the structure was recommended by Jack Abramoff to accommodate Mr. Reed’s political concerns." (Wikipedia)
Glenn Beck outed Norquist and ATR for their connections to Islamic terrorism.
Here is the full Beck - Norquist interview:
Here is the presentation by Glenn Beck that prompted the interview:
With all the dirt on ATR, why are some dancing around with their peckers out over a recent press release put out by the group? Next they'll be telling us we have to pay attention to what Hamas tells us to do... or Hezbollah.
There's a good reason why conservative Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose of the 24th District never signed ATR's tax pledge -- despite having worked in Washington, DC, and knowing Grover Norquist personally. When asked back in 2003, she let him know that she wouldn't be signing because her husband was in the Army fighting terrorism and she wouldn't betray him by having anything to do with a group that was cozy with terrorists. ATR never bothered her about it again.
Instead of spewing the ATR mantra of obedience, we should learn to think again and liberate our brains.