This Tweet About Why Taxes Are the Worst Backfired

June 26th 2017

Mike Rothschild

Since the 1980's, anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist has led the fight to lower taxes and reduce to the government in size to the point where he can "drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub."

As the founder of Americans for Tax Reform, Norquist tends to make waves each election cycle when he demands that every Republican candidate sign a promise to not raise taxes called the "Taxpayer Protection Pledge". Since its inception in 1986, The Pledge has become a powerful tool, frequently leading GOP candidates to publicly "bow down" to Norquist, eager to show off that they'll cut taxes more than everyone else. But Norquist called attention to himself for a different reason this weekend, and it all had to do with his daughter buying a guitar.

Norquist's parenting story struck a nerve with Twitter users, but probably not for the reason he thought it would. Some turned it into a mock lesson to his daughter about the important things taxes pay for, such as the roads needed to drive to music stores, and the first responders who show up if you had a crash on those roads.

Other critics took issue with the idea that "Republicans are born" because they weren't taught basic financial literacy, a process that some experts believe should begin no later than second grade. 

The blowback continued, with some people employing familiar Republican tropes about personal responsibility and Ayn Rand, and others just ripping Norquist's ham-handed "lesson."

Norquist stuck around the thread long enough to gamely banter with a few people and claim that he paid the sales tax.


But while Norquist soon left the thread, the mockery continued well into the next day. One tweet seemed to sum up the whole mess quite nicely: