House Speaker John Boehner dismissed Grover Norquist as a "random" person on Thursday despite a week's worth of frequent references to the antitax activist on Capitol Hill.
The name of Norquist, the Americans for Tax Reform president, has been on the lips of just about every political figure who's expressed frustration at his influence over Republicans, and their unflinching resistance to tax hikes in any form. The reason is Norquist's "Taxpayer Protection Pledge," the manifesto Norquist first drafted in 1986 which opposes increases in taxes. Boehner and another 235 House members have signed the pledge, as have 41 senators.
I cycled downtown after work and took these photos at the Hennepin County Government Center plaza in downtown Minneapolis. I've been taking photos of anti-war events since Senator Paul Wellstone passed away and I didn't recognize but one of the many participants. Many that I spoke with told me it was their first protest.
Because I had my bike, I couldn't be very creative with my photo framing. I did capture a variety of signs that I believe reflect our frustrations. I glanced at the Star Tribune coverage and had few signs among the photos I saw posted. Click on a photo to see a larger version. Enjoy.
It's obvious these protesters didn't collaborate on their sign making. One lists 44 million Americans
in poverty and the other claims 46 million.
This photo below contains my favorite sign: "At least the war against the middle class is going well."
This photo shows a chalk drawing (and my bike made a cameo appearance on the left)
I was all packed up and riding away when I saw Coleen Rowley's large banner signs off in the distance. I returned and took this photo. The persons holding them told me she is in DC.
This last photo has memorable quotes from giants of our past.