Grover Norquist appears with Chuck Todd at the Washington Ideas Forum 2012.
Grover Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform, a taxpayer advocacy group he founded in 1985 at President Ronald Reagan’s request. He chairs the “Wednesday Meeting,” a weekly gathering of more than 150 elected officials, political activists, and movement leaders. He serves on the board of directors of the American Conservative Union and the National Rifle Association. The Wall Street Journal has called Norquist “the Grand Central Station” of the conservative movement, and, in 2007, GQ named him one of the 50 most powerful people in Washington, DC. He is the author of Leave Us Alone: Getting the Government's Hands Off Our Money, Our Guns, Our Lives (Harper Paperbacks, 2009).
Chuck Todd is the chief White House correspondent for NBC News and co-host of MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown.” He also serves as NBC News’s on-air political analyst for “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” “Today,” “Meet the Press,” and MSNBC. Additionally, Todd has been responsible for all aspects of the network’s political coverage, including maintaining contact with the campaigns and serving as the point person for political news and information. He is also the editor of First Read, NBC’s guide to political news and trends in and around Washington, writes weekly analysis columns for MSNBC.com, and hosts regular online discussions on Newsvine. Before joining NBC, Todd was editor-in-chief of National Journal’s “The Hotline,” Washington’s premier political daily briefing. Todd has been featured as one of Washingtonian’s “Best Of” journalists.
American voters want the wealthy taxed at a higher rate, but also say they don't want to raise taxes to fix the deficit issue. Why? According to Grover Norquist, it's because voters suspect a tax increase for the rich would eventually lead to a similar increases for the middle class.