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Casey Anthony Walked Thanks to Grover Norquist & His Anti-Tax Congressional Minions

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In the movie King Kong, there was that famous line, "It was beauty killed the beast."

Well, it was Grover Norquist and his minions of Republican members of Congress who signed his no taxes commitment that let Casey Anthony walk.

Grover Norquist (flickr image by Gage Skidmore)

It's become very clear that the reason she was found not guilty was because of a bad call by the prosecution, asking for the death penalty when they couldn't even show cause of death. CNN reported on attorney Jeffrey Toobin's commentary, 
"...the prosecution's decision to make this a death penalty case. "(This) always seemed like a wrong decision to me, given the ... absence of a cause of death (and) a time of death," Toobin said.

This was a case of bad judgment by the prosecutors.

How is that related to Grover Norquist and the Republican anti-tax policy? Norquist has been quoted as saying that his goal is to, by cutting taxes, shrink the size of government so much that "it's small enough to drown in a bathtub."

Fact is, prosecutors are part of government. if the prosecutors made the wrong decision we have to consider whether the government in Florida had the best people on the job. Could the district attorney's office afford to pay to attract the best attorneys? Are the best employees no longer at all available to be hired by the government because Norquist and his enemies of government have already decimated funds so much that the drowning in the bathtub has already begun?

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Is Casey Anthony's acquittal an indication of justice? Most Americans, certainly most Fox News viewers don't think so. But I propose that her acquittal was directly due to the success of Groven Norquist. That he may not have shrunken government enough to entirely drown it in a bathtub, but he and his anti-tax signatories have had enough success, especially in backward, neanderthal state like Florida, which elected a criminal for governor, to damage the government institution that metes out justice-- the court system.

I am not in any way saying that government workers are less competent. I AM saying that if government is intentionally starved, with the intent of destroying it, that it is inevitable that the best possible employees will no longer be attracted to serve, even the people with the noblest intentions, since they also have obligations to their families to make a decent living.

Right wingers in the Republican and Democratic parties are attacking government. They often base their approach on untested and unproven Libertarian theories, on the pathologically narcissistic theories of Ayn Rand (by the way, the protagonist of her best-seller Atlas Shrugged inherited her wealth from her father. She didn't earn it.)

Grover Norquist played a major role that led to the release of Casey Anthony. But it's not just her. There are thousands of real felons who are not being properly prosecuted. There are also tens of thousands of innocent people who are being unjustly prosecuted. We face a future, as right wingers work to drown government in a bathtup-- that includes education, courts, police, roads, bridges, homeland security-- that is bringing America down at an accelerating rate, to third world status. We are already behind many third world nations based on many important measures, including life-span, health care, education, technologies. Grover Norquist and the people who follow his anti-tax policies are destroying America's future. They are more dangerous enemies for the coming generations of America than any terrorist organization. It's time that they are seen as such enemies.

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replacing government workers with convicted prison... by Michael Shaw on Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 at 12:59:30 PM
You are so correct on this one. Nancy Grace, and h... by Greg Campbell on Monday, Jul 18, 2011 at 4:48:12 AM
appoints Nancy Grace as his attorney general. Imag... by Michael Shaw on Monday, Jul 18, 2011 at 11:31:48 AM
Prosecuting a non-death penalty case is cheaper an... by Ken Scott on Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 at 1:26:18 PM
I suppose that depends on which "conservative" you... by John Sanchez Jr. on Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 at 2:03:30 PM
They do, however, sweat themselves into a lather o... by Greg Campbell on Monday, Jul 18, 2011 at 4:28:56 AM
Flesh this one out a bit and repost as an article.... by Daniel Geery on Monday, Jul 18, 2011 at 11:28:03 AM
Are you nuts?  Apples and oranges.  I su... by patriotgal on Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 at 1:50:32 PM
It was wrong in the first place for media to publi... by BFalcon on Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 at 2:28:03 PM
I think the actions of the media needs to be expos... by Greg Campbell on Monday, Jul 18, 2011 at 5:23:19 AM
Considering the lack of evidence, or at least, the... by Diane V. McLoughlin on Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 at 3:20:04 PM
You don't have to believe she is innocent just to ... by BFalcon on Tuesday, Jul 19, 2011 at 10:31:50 AM
You are making it perfectly clear that Casey Antho... by James Hadstate on Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 at 2:17:10 PM
Don't be so sure FL elected a criminal.  ... by Guitar Chris on Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 at 2:33:03 PM
Well, Rob, I see your point of limited money with ... by MentalMagic on Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 at 3:02:45 PM
Forget about drowning America! Norquist is ve... by Jillian Barclay on Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 at 3:08:12 PM
I would be very happy to hear that Norquist drowne... by Eric Arthur Blair on Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 at 3:57:15 PM
that are all being blamed on Obama culminated from... by Michael Shaw on Monday, Jul 18, 2011 at 11:08:58 AM
The reason why Mr. Norquist can get away with murd... by Greg Campbell on Tuesday, Jul 19, 2011 at 7:52:49 PM
This is one of the silliest arguments I have heard... by Sheila Berry on Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 at 3:16:55 PM
the truth is that today government is most efficie... by Michael Shaw on Monday, Jul 18, 2011 at 11:28:24 AM
I have no idea whether Miss Anthony killed her dau... by Dana Pico on Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 at 3:17:15 PM
I support your view Dana, it is ridiculous.There i... by David Ruhlen on Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 at 4:20:33 PM
And look who Casey Anthony had on her defense team... by Michael Shaw on Monday, Jul 18, 2011 at 12:26:45 PM
Surely, it was another case of massive voter fraud... by Chantal Laurent on Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 at 3:20:26 PM
...and have lived down there for a few years, I al... by Greg Campbell on Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 at 8:25:31 PM
Just as Casey Anthony was acquitted by a jury, the... by GSW on Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 at 4:15:19 PM
Yes indeed, their state's Attorney was elected by ... by Greg Campbell on Tuesday, Jul 19, 2011 at 7:01:50 PM
The worst prosecution in the world. They rested th... by Greg Campbell on Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 at 4:47:30 PM
a poor example to use, there is little doubt that ... by JimZ on Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 at 5:10:36 PM
Your point, Jim, is totally valid. It is time that... by manifesto 2000 on Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 at 8:43:45 PM
Rob, I despise Norquist and his influence on the R... by Brian Enright on Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 at 5:24:07 PM
It is very nice to talk about less Government beca... by Rakesh Krishnan Simha on Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 at 5:58:58 PM
If you're so "progressive", Why won't you let go o... by Phil DeGrave on Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 at 7:08:21 PM
that's not old news. ... by Rob Kall on Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 at 10:12:57 PM
None of this is new. Ronald Reagan ramped up the m... by Lionel Gambill on Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 at 8:23:38 PM
This "New World Order" has been in the works since... by macdon1 on Monday, Jul 18, 2011 at 5:31:31 PM
Ever wonder why liberals are pretty discredited in... by Jack Burton on Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 at 8:35:56 PM
If you want to be part of the conversation, don't ... by Rob Kall on Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 at 10:31:11 PM
Well, Rob... if you can find ~one~ single place in... by Jack Burton on Monday, Jul 18, 2011 at 7:39:12 PM
every part of FAUX NEWS?Oh tell me Auntie Anne!!Th... by Greg Campbell on Monday, Jul 18, 2011 at 5:36:18 AM
Flagging is another line of defense. Ironically, ... by Phil DeGrave on Monday, Jul 18, 2011 at 12:35:29 PM
Rob, your premise reminds me of the reason wh... by Emilio Salinas on Monday, Jul 18, 2011 at 12:43:59 AM
Seriously? This article was a ridiculous stretch t... by kitty mitchell on Monday, Jul 18, 2011 at 6:33:31 AM
While we all know that corporations can be democra... by Greg Campbell on Tuesday, Jul 19, 2011 at 8:25:34 PM
I echo my 96 yo mother's statement that "..tired o... by Paul Kruger on Monday, Jul 18, 2011 at 10:40:34 AM
Continued...It is good to feel bad about the crime... by Paul Kruger on Monday, Jul 18, 2011 at 10:41:06 AM
But I'm trying like hell, to express my total disc... by Greg Campbell on Tuesday, Jul 19, 2011 at 8:45:29 PM
for children ages 1-4 is Homicide. What causes tha... by Odyseus_97 on Monday, Jul 18, 2011 at 1:20:18 PM
For years now, and thank God for analog to digital... by Greg Campbell on Tuesday, Jul 19, 2011 at 9:25:01 PM
... by Susan Lee Schwartz on Thursday, Jul 21, 2011 at 8:02:09 PM
Grover Norquist and the rightwing likes to blame t... by Digoweli on Friday, Jul 29, 2011 at 10:36:39 AM
Far stretch on culpability !!This is why liberals ... by Markageloo Breza on Friday, Jul 29, 2011 at 2:46:48 PM