Grover Norquist to young people: Vote Republican
by Jayel Aheram
Notorious tax reformist Grover Norquist addressed delegates today at an event hosted by Reforming America’s Taxes Equitably (RATE) coalition. The event included Rep. Pat Tiberi of Ohio and was moderated by Fox News contributor Jim Pinkerton. The discussion centered on corporate tax reform and the legislative challenges of that effort. Tiberi, a member of the powerful House Ways and Means committee, specifically talked about the procedural hurdles of any changes made to the tax code.
After the event, Norquist spoke to Tumblr about how tax policy affects young people, “I would argue that the most important thing that the affect the tax policy has on younger people is job creation.”
Even if many young people are unlikely to have jobs or the income to be liable for high tax rate, Norquist explained that President Barack Obama’s tax policy is the reason for the high unemployment, “Right now there are 10 million Americans who if we have Reagan’s recovery would have jobs today. But we don’t have Reagan’s recovery, we have Obama’s recovery.”
The economy has been a political football for both the Romney and Obama campaigns, but with unemployment numbers among the youth at twice the national average, the economy is not just a political abstraction for young people, it is personal. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment among 18- to 24-year-olds remains unchanged from last year:
The number of unemployed youth in July 2012 was 4.0 million, little changed from 4.1 million a year ago. The youth unemployment rate was 17.1 percent in July 2012. The unemployment rate for young men was 17.9 percent, in July 2012, and the rate for women was 16.2 percent. The jobless rate for whites was 14.9 percent, compared with 28.6 percent for blacks, 14.4 percent for Asians, and 18.5 percent for Hispanics.
He stressed to Tumblr, “It’s the growth aspects of lower marginal tax rates that are the most important to young people.”
When asked what young people could do this election to advance tax reform, Norquist declared, “Elect a Republican senator and a Republican president. That will do the most to reduce the damage presently being done to our economy and to have the strongest period of growth in the future.”
(Image: Grover Norquist, Jim Pinkerton, Rep. Pat Tiberi at the RATE Coalition breakfast. August 28, 2012.)