Grover Norquist

Reader Input: The very rich taxed lightly

In case anyone missed the announcement from the Federal Reserve a few days ago, the rich once again got rich and the poor got poorer. The median income of the top 10 percent incr ...

Reader Input: US electorate gutless on guns

Shameful indignation again! One of the biggest threats to our democracy is the ability to intimidate, buy off, or otherwise discourage proper response from our elected officials. ...

Reader Input: Norquist going down with ship

Grover Norquist is fond of saying “This is not my first rodeo” in regards to his no-tax pledge and his abuse of the democratic process through intimidation and coercion ...

Republican Party abandoned this voter

Obstructionism (win by losing) seems to be the color of the year for the right-wing extremists! If Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and Eric Cantor can block any hint of bipartisanshi ...

Don’t hesitate on Measure B

I don’t live in Newcastle, but I don’t understand why anyone would be against Measure B which is calling for a modest $146 per year increase in taxes to build and fund a much-n ...

Ballot box will clean house

I don’t know what kind of funny cigarettes the lunatic fringe of this current congress smoked in middle school, but the basic governance issues imbedded in civics class were clea ...

Read your Constitution

Memo to John Nightingale (Reader Input, Jan. 12): Characterizing me as a North Korean is ridiculous. How many North Koreans live in Placer County? Further, yes, President Obama sai ...

What kind of North Korean are you?

In reference to Patricia Burke’s letter of Jan. 11: “What kind of Americans are you?” To clarify my position, I did not rail against the president. I simply quoted President ...

‘What kind of Americans are you?’

In reference to both Steve Cavolt’s and John Nightingale’s letters in the Journal on Jan. 6: What world are you living in? To address Mr. Cavolt: President Obama walked into a ...

Grover Norquist calls GOP shots

GOP representatives appear to have blocked the payroll tax cuts proposed by the administration. Ninety-eight percent of GOP members of the House signed a pledge to Grover Norquist ...

Congress dug a deeper hole

Not surprisingly, the hyped supercommittee was a failure from its inception. This disgraceful, half-hearted attempt to bridge the artificially inspired political gap between the Re ...

Scary to see Republican Party hijacked

Re: “Recovering Republican weary of promise-breakers,” (Looking Behind the Scenes, Aug. 28): From a former Republican to a recovering Republican: I find Mr. (Jim) Ruffalo’s r ...

Mess predates the tea party

Perhaps a bit of reality ought to creep in on the recent tea party mess. If they had stood their ground and not raised the debt ceiling, the default would have had not only severe ...

Resolve that DC debt gridlock

The following represents my best ideas for solving the nation’s enormous deficit problems. It reflects my knowledge of Medicare funding that comes from 20 years working as a C.P. ...

Let business run everything in USA

Grover Norquist, Ronald Reagan’s collaborator, said we should shrink government, put it in a bathtub then drown it. Evidently, the founding fathers incorrectly believed governmen ...