Grover Norquist was on the Sunday morning talk show this a.m. He evidently makes his living as an "issues management strategist" http://www.atr.org/about-grover
That must be one of those jobs where you draw enormous amounts of money for doing nothing useful or productive except feathering your own nest.
He was born the son of a rich man (VP at Polaroid) he went to the finest schools and evidently has more money than God, and by God he intends to keep every penny of it.
Somehow this person, never elected to any public office, not accountable to the electorate in any way, controls our government. Almost every single Republican in office has signed his pledge to never increase taxes in any circumstances. As justification for this stance he said something to the effect that taxes are a way of taking money from the people and giving it to the king. Well, true enough if you go back in time 200 years or so. But the constitution was written to ensure we would have no kings, and that government is supposed to be "of the people, by the people, for the people." Our progressive tax code takes more money from the rich and redistributes it into infrastructure that benefits EVERY body. Or it is supposed to. See, the founders knew that concentration of wealth (http://www.constitution.org/jm/17920123_parties.txt) was a real threat to our republic and various schemes to equalize wealth were proposed, including the genesis of the estate tax described in Agrarian Justice (Thomas Paine).
I guess we can kiss our glory days goodbye, the plutocracy is winning.