"Who is this guy?" asked Rep. Clyburn. "Who does he represent? Who pays his salary?"
Norquist comes from wealth, so a salary may not concern him, although in 2009 he got $200,000 for his part-time job as head of ATR. After he graduated from Harvard with an MBA, he was a speech writer for the American Chamber of Commerce, worked to support Col. Oliver North's illegal activities vis-a-vis the Nicaraguan contras, and co-founded a lobbying group involving Jack Abramoff, who used the ATR to siphon off money paid by Native American tribes. Norquist co-authored Newt Gingrich's "Contract with America," and has written books of his own, including, "Leave Us Alone: Getting the Government's Hands Off Our Money, Our Guns, Our Lives." There's more.
Norquist, born in 1956, belongs to that elite group of rich kids with time on their hands, more brains than sense, a yen for attention, and the conscience of a bedbug. He has hied himself off to various war zones for his own purposes but has never served his country in uniform or in public office.
Incapable of escaping the bubble into which he was born, he views paying taxes as an invasion of his divine right of privilege. That it might be admirable and patriotic to give something back to the U.S.A. is as incomprehensible to him as climbing Mt. Everest would be to an octopus.
One cannot blame this pathetic man for his inadequacies. But that people in elected office will sign his pledge and allow him to dictate how they will vote on future legislation, is revolting. Instead of paying Norquist any mind, scorn should be heaped on those cowardly enough to sign his pledge not to raise taxes, which, as Rep. James Clyburn, put it, "is absolutely un-American."