In 2011, the richest one percent of Americans will get an average tax break of ,384, thanks to the Bush cuts.That’s larger than the the average income of the other 99 percent -- ,506. Speaking for his corporate funders, he brands ending tax cuts for the rich as an outrageous tax increase while claiming extending payroll tax relief for working families is typical Democratic fiscal irresponsibility.Last in service with Grand Aire, with headquarters at Toledo (OH) Express airport, this HANSA jet was transported from the airport on August 24, 2006.
Every Republican running for president (except John Huntsman) has signed Norquist’s no-tax pledge.
So have 13 governors, 1,300 state legislators, 40 of the 47 Republicans in the Senate, and 236 of the 242 Republicans in the House.
The tobacco firms gave grants to ATR’s educational arm and made payments for ATR’s lobbying services.
It was a marriage of convenience and opportunity for both and another example of Norquists’s real agenda behind his no-tax pledge: Shift more wealth and power to the already wealthy and powerful.
In the last decade, the GOP has targeted funding for Planned Parenthood, NPR, and environmental groups such as the Defenders of Wildlife that receive federal grants and reimbursement of legal fees for non-profits that successfully sue the federal government for failure to enforce existing law. “Big City” mayors Since the New Deal, Washington has sent job-creating funds – for housing, infrastructure, social services, and economic development and other goals – to urban areas, but when Reagan took office he began slashing these programs that primarily benefit low-income and minority populations, who tend to vote for Democrats. He failed to eliminate the program but slashed the budget by over $1 billion during his second term. Voters have opposed the attacks on the collective bargaining rights of public sector workers.
Norquist viewed this as money to help Democratic mayors gain support among their urban constituencies, who could then be mobilized to vote for Democratic candidates for President and Congress. In November, Ohio voters soundly rejected Governor’s Kasich’s law restricting union rights.Norquist claims that he is committed to smaller government.He once famously said that he wanted to reduce the size of government to the point that he could drown it in a bathtub.Norquist also proved useful to the tobacco industry when he held press conferences, wrote op-ed pieces and lobbied against cigarette tax increases in a number of states seeking new revenues to fund health programs for children, including Maine, New Jersey, Alaska, and New Hampshire.He fronted for the tobacco lobby in its opposition to lawsuits seeking damages from states who spent billions of dollars in health care expenses treating the illnesses suffered by long-term smokers. Bush was coming into the White House, Norquist penned an article in the right-wing American Spectator that outlined a Bush Administration strategy to create a permanent conservative Republican majority.This aircraft, serial number 1037, was manufactured in 1969 and is the only surviving flyable example in the United States.