Grover Norquist’s tax pledge should scare every freedom-loving American to the core, especially his quote of, “I don’t want to eliminate the American government, just shrink it down to the size were I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.”

Let’s be real about this. If you eliminate the American government, what do you have left? A dictatorship, communism, fascism! No matter how you name it, it’s the same thing. No more freedom, no more liberties. This guy who has this much power over these politicians actually believes this is the right thing for our country.

These smooth-talking “conservative” politicians have duped millions of good, freedom-loving Americans into believing this is good for us. If you lie to the public enough, eventually the public will believe the lie!

Now, back home in good ol’ Louisiana, our Republican governor and legislators have wrecked our state’s budget, all the while telling us this is good for us.

When I turned 18, I registered to vote. Not knowing the difference of what a Democrat or Republican was, I asked my father. His answer was as true 40 years ago as it is true to this very day: “Republicans take care of the rich, period! Democrats take care of the middle-class and the poor, period!” Be warned, people of Louisiana. Watch out what you wish for; you just might get it.

W. Piper

retired millwright

Gonzales