Norquist: I Want To Shrink Govt Until It’s Back To “Where We Were at the Turn of the Century”

Americans for Tax Reform’s Gover Norquist tells The Harvard Crimson that he is the epitome of a “moderate Republican” and that there really is no such thing as being “too conservative” … oh, and that he wants to shrink the government until it is back to “where we were at the turn of the century”:

FM: You are known for saying that you want government to be “the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.” Can you elaborate on this?

GGN: I want to drop the government in half over the next 25 years, and then drop it in half again. The government’s about 33 percent of GDP, 33 percent of the economy. We want to take it down to 16 and a half percent, then take it down to eight percent, all of which would take us to where we were at the turn of the century.

FM: Would you call any current Republican politicians too conservative?

GGN: Too conservative in the sense of not wanting to be radical enough? Sure. There are some who are dragging their feet in wanting to oppose spending. Too conservative meaning their vision of limited government has the government too teeny? I can’t think of any.

FM: Are there any moderate Republicans left?

GGN: I’m a moderate Republican. There are people who are extremes on either side of me, but I pretty much define a reasonable position on these things.