First we hear about the Koch Brothers and their financial involvement in practically everything related to the parTEA. Now thanks to the current dramas surrounding the debt ceiling debates, the name Grover Norquist is floating around the media circles almost everyday. It seems as if he has the majority of GOP members under some "pledge" to never raise taxes. He's not even a politician, but a lobbyist who was born into a wealthy family in the 1950s. He's also the man behind "Americans for Tax Reform" whose primary goal is to reduce the percentage of the GDP consumed by the federal government. Which I find pretty ironic since the six big banks own 64% of the nation's GDP at this present time, when five years ago it was only 17.1%. Plus, it's stated that he opposes all tax increases as a matter of principle. So regardless if collecting revenue from taxes are necessary for a nation to survive, he's naturally going to be against it... just because. Simon Johnson: Tunnel Vision, or Worse, From Banking Regulators - NYTimes.com All I want to know is just how influential this man is supposed to be in Politics for so many politicians to bend to his wills? He's just another man with money who can make some conservative circles fall in or out of line with another politician's election campaigns. With all of the so-called behind the scene players coming out of the darkness, I used to think it was just all about politicians following the money. Now I'm starting to feel that their actions are much more severe. Norquist. Koch. ALEC. Time to start connecting some dots here.