Grover Norquist is the president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a coalition of taxpayer groups, individuals and businesses opposed to higher taxes at both the federal, state and local levels. ATR organizes the TAXPAYER PROTECTION PLEDGE, which asks all candidates for federal and state office to commit themselves in writing to oppose all tax increases. To date, 172 House members, and 34 Senators have taken the pledge. On the state level, 7 governors and over 1100 state legislators have taken the pledge. A native of Massachusetts, has been one of Washington’s most effective issues management strategists for over two decades.
Mr. Norquist also serves on the board of directors of the National Rifle Association of America, the board of directors of the American Conservative Union, is a Contributing Editor to the American Spectator Magazine, and serves as president of the American Society of Competitiveness. He also the author of Leave Us Alone – Getting the Government’s Hands Off Our Money, Our Guns, Our Lives.
Question: Should we have a national service?
Grover Norquist: You saw Newsweek or Time was pushing for a draft to come back – national service. Good luck. You’re not going to be able to do that. But the people who like to exercise power over other people’s lives are always out there, and you just need to keep them away from the levels of power so that they just do minimal damage and get arrested from time to time.
Recorded on: September 12, 2007
Should we have a national service? Good luck.
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