Commentator and columnist Jim Hightower and Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, scheduled to visit Hobart and William Smith Colleges
(Oct. 15, 2003) GENEVA, N.Y.–In the world of politics they really don't get more outspoken than the likes of Jim Hightower and Grover Norquist. Men with very different political platforms–Hightower from the left and Norquist on the right–they now have found common ground. Both have agreed to join the President's Forum series in separate appearances sponsored by Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Mark D. Gearan.
Hightower will join the Forum at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. Frequently dressed in his trademark jeans, work shirt and white Stetson, he will present “Thieves in High Places: How to Take Our Country Back.” He will be followed two weeks later by Norquist on Thursday, Nov. 6. The time and location will be announced shortly.
A self-proclaimed “grassroots populist,” Hightower says he has spent three decades “battling the powers that be” on behalf of the “powers that ought to be,” namely consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses and just plain folks. Radio stations across the country air his daily two-minute commentaries, and his column appears in several national newspapers. Hightower is the author of “If the Gods Had Meant Us to Vote They Would Have Given Us Candidates.”
Norquist is one of the most connected members of the new Right-Wing movement. He was on the campaign staffs of the 1988, 1992 and 1996 Republican Platform Committees, and formerly served as executive director of the College Republicans. As president of Americans for Tax Reform, a not-for-profit that opposes higher taxes at both the federal and state levels, he helped the Heritage Foundation write the Republican's 1994 Contract with America. Shortly thereafter, he vowed to hunt down liberal groups one by one and extinguish their funding sources.
The President's Forum Series, established in the winter of 2000 by President Gearan, is designed to bring a variety of speakers to campus to share their knowledge and ideas with students, faculty and staff of the Colleges, as well as interested community members. The talks are free and the public is encouraged to attend. There will be a book signing and reception following Hightower's address.