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The anti-tax crusader indulges his more humorous side in a collaboration with satirists at The Onion.


Grover Norquist: 'I Engaged In A Week-Long Drug-Fueled Orgy With Corporate Income Taxes'

Grover Norquist, the tireless anti-government activist who runs Americans for Tax Reform, is a controversial figure. But here's something liberals and conservatives can agree on: the man knows how to take, and make, a joke. The Onion is up with a story cracking, "Scandalous Photos Reveal Grover Norquist Carried On Secret Affair With Taxes For Years." From the article:

In a scandal that strikes at the very heart of the American anti-tax movement, a series of incriminating photos surfaced online Thursday, revealing that, for decades, leading Republican power broker Grover Norquist has secretly engaged in a romantic affair with taxes.

Leaked by an unknown source, the grainy but reportedly undoctored images chronicle a tawdry on-again, off-again liaison stretching back to 1983, when a young Norquist first worked closely with taxes as a speechwriter for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Here's what makes it great: Norquist isn't just the butt of the joke, he's a part of it. Norquist, who's previously won plaudits for his stand-up comedy, recorded a mock press conference 'fessing up to his dalliances, asking for privacy for his family, and admitting he was wrong.

Politicians have a record of fondness for The Onion. After the paper ran a doctored photo purporting to show a shirtless Joe Biden washing a muscle car in the White House driveway, the vice president laughed about it in an interview but took issue with the choice of car.

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