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Officially, Grover Norquist heads an organization called Americans for Tax Reform where for almost 20 years now he has crusaded for lower taxes and less government. Unofficially, he's been the linchpin in Washington for the conservative revolution that now controls the government. His weekly meetings of activists became the politburo of strategy where all stripes of conservatives bear their differences in order to join forces against in Democrats. From the Christian coalition to log cabin Republicans to the National Rifle Association on whose board he sits, this Harvard graduate keeps the troops on mission. His success prompted Senator Hillary Clinton to muse aloud, if only Democrats had a Grover Norquist.

Grover Norquist

Grover Norquist has been one of Washington's most effective issues management strategists for over a decade. Mr. Norquist is 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, President George W. Bush, 217 House members, and 42 Senators have taken the pledge. On the state level, 8 governors and 1212 state legislators have taken the pledge.

Mr. Norquist also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association of America, serves on the Board of Directors of the American Conservative Union, and serves as President of the American Society of Competitiveness.

Mr. Norquist writes a monthly politics column for the American Enterprise Institute Magazine. His analysis of the 1994 elections was titled, Rock the House. Mr. Norquist holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, both from Harvard University. He lives in Washington, DC.

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According to WALL STREET WEEK WITH FORTUNE, progressive taxation: "Characterizes a convex tax schedule that results in a higher effective tax rate on higher income levels." or More simply, a progressive tax is one in which the average tax rate paid by an individual rises as income rises.

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