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Norquist may be a whipping boy in D.C., but he's a hero to beleaguered taxpayers

Editor's note: William F. Shughart II is the J. Fish Smith Professor in Public Choice at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. The column below was syndicated by McClatchy/Tribune News Service and will run in newspapers around the country. It has already run in the Kansas City Star, The Bellingham Herald in Washington State, Newsday, The Deseret News and the Anchorage Daily News. Below is a link to it from the Kansas City Star. 

By WILLIAM F. SHUGHART II

Grover Norquist has become one of Washington's favorite whipping boys, but taxpayers owe him thanks for focusing needed attention on the real problem in Washington: excessive spending, rather than too-little taxing.
Norquist's "No Tax Pledge" does exactly that.

Excessive spending is the cause of Washington's unprecedented trillion-dollar budget deficits in recent years and spending is the best measure of the burden the federal government imposes on the economy.


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