I’m no fan of tax increases – but if we can actually get meaningful tax reform and cuts in spending by accepting limited increases, I’m willing to at least listen to the argument in favor of them.
Sadly, Grover Norquist is of the opinion that we should reject even a deal that is good for the US in the long term if it results in so much as a penny in increased taxes.
Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist said Monday that his group, Americans for Tax Reform, would work to unseat Republicans who break their pledge to never vote for higher taxes.
His vow came after prominent GOP lawmakers said over the weekend they would consider breaking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in order to reach a deal with Democrats and President Barack Obama to avoid tumbling over the fiscal cliff – the combination of sweeping spending cuts and tax increases that would go into effect at the end of the year if negotiators can't reach a deal on reducing the federal debt.
Norquist said his group would "certainly highlight who has kept their commitment and who hasn't" when it comes time for lawmakers like Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rep. Peter King to run for re-election, though Norquist claimed voters generally decide on their own to oust elected officials who vote to raise taxes.
Norquist is welcome to make a go of it – that is the beauty of our system. And the rest of us are free to ignore Norquist – who, after all, is allied with Islamist forces in Washington despite the fact that their agenda is infinitely worse for America than any tax increase would be. Grover certainly doesn’t represent my views or hold the keys to my conscience on election day.