Apr 02, 2020
The Gutting of Federal Government

Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough and veteran columnist Mike Barnicle discuss the words and impact of anti-tax activist Grover Norquist: “I don’t want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub,” with the reality having come to fruition after Republican lawmakers spending years “gutting” the parts of the American government that are now needed to help doctors, nurses and other medical professionals “save lives” amid the coronavirus pandemic. “This is the United States of America 2020—thanks to the efforts of people like Grover Norquist (and former House Speaker) Newt Gingrich who began this whole thing, in my estimation, in the mid-1980s. This is where we are today,” says Barnicle about Newt Gingrich. Watch the conversation here.