Grover Norquist Calls Himself "Moderate," Proposes To Gut Government

December 06, 2010 5:55 pm ET — Walid Zafar

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, sees himself as a voice of reason amidst the extreme rhetoric that's taken over the political discourse. "I'm a moderate Republican," he told The Harvard Crimson last month. "There are people who are extremes on either side of me, but I pretty much define a reasonable position on these things."

In many ways, Norquist is right. For one, he isn't a racist. While the rest of his party has re-embraced the Southern Strategy, Norquist has diligently worked to broaden the conservative umbrella. On the issue that he's devoted his life to, though, he's anything but a moderate. On fiscal matters, Norquist, who once compared the estate tax to a Holocaust on the rich, is as radical as Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN).

Here's how Norquist proposes to reform government:

NORQUIST: I want to drop the government in half over the next 25 years, and then drop it in half again. The government's about 33 percent of GDP, 33 percent of the economy. We want to take it down to 16 and a half percent, then take it down to eight percent, all of which would take us to where we were at the turn of the century.

To her credit, Bachmann has no illusions of being moderate or reasonable. Norquist, however, calls himself reasonable yet proposes to cut the size of government to the level it was at when there were no airplanes, traffic lights or penicillin.

In another part of the interview, Norquist criticized billionaire businessman and philanthropist Warren Buffett. "If he thought any of the United States government spent money better than he does, he could make a contribution to the federal government. And he never does," Norquist said. In fact, Buffet has told congressional leaders on several occasions to raise his taxes.

[h/t: Right Wing Watch]