Is tax pledge losing its teeth?

  • Article by: SEAN SULLIVAN , Washington Post
  • Updated: November 25, 2012 - 8:24 PM

Until recently, Republicans said increasing revenue was a non-starter; they had signed a pledge -- written by antitax zealot Grover Norquist -- to never raise taxes under any circumstances. But fiscal times have changed.

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Guppy35Nov. 25, 1211:04 PM

I know it's been asked a million times, but I've yet to see an answer. Who elected Grover Nordquist? Since when do our politicians sign pledges to one man who doesn't represent us?

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comment229Nov. 26, 12 4:55 AM

You can tell the republicans have been talking about this behind closed doors and trying to find a politically correct solution to this problem. Both McCain and Graham hinted that a pledge like this, that was signed many years ago, was for THAT time and THAN congressional year which is a cop out. Are they so afraid of Grover that they just don't tell him to, well... you know. Time for Grover to run for office. I would enjoy voting for anybody that ran against him.

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comment229Nov. 26, 12 4:57 AM

The simplest solution to all this is to go back to the most affluent time in our modern history, and set all the tax rates to what they were then. That would have been during Bill Clinton's time in office. Propose that to Grover, and watch his blood pressure go sky high.

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rickbmnNov. 26, 12 7:07 AM

You might want to take a closer look at the Clinton years. I know he is the glee in the eye of you libs, but we had the dot bombs and subsequent crash as well as the start of the housing fiasco/crisis under him. Seems to me the first several years under Bush weren't too bad until he started spending like a Dem. And times were pretty good under Reagan. And resort to the euphamism of "increasing revenue" when what you really mean is raising taxes? How can you not be concerned with the out-of-control spending? That's what's killing this country.

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pitythefoolsNov. 26, 12 7:25 AM

Our Representatives are to withhold the Constitution, not a pledge from a non-elected person. Anyone who signed Norquist's pledge should be stripped of office.

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privateeyeNov. 26, 12 7:36 AM

And times were pretty good under Reagan. -----maybe part of the reason?-----As governor of California Reagan “signed into law the largest tax increase in the history of any state up till then.” Meanwhile, state spending nearly doubled. As president, Reagan “raised taxes in seven of his eight years in office,” including four times in just two years. As former GOP Senator Alan Simpson, who called Reagan “a dear friend,” told NPR, “Ronald Reagan raised taxes 11 times in his administration — I was there.” “Reagan was never afraid to raise taxes,” said historian Douglas Brinkley, who edited Reagan’s memoir. Reagan the anti-tax zealot is “false mythology,” Brinkley said.

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ontherecordNov. 26, 12 7:40 AM

rickbmn: "we had the dot bombs and subsequent crash as well as the start of the housing fiasco/crisis under him. Seems to me the first several years under Bush weren't too bad until he started spending like a Dem. And times were pretty good under Reagan." Wow, do you have memory issues! A good history book covering the last 30 years might help out. Have you forgotten that the stock market tripled under Clinton and there were 19 million private sector jobs added. Also a budget surplus and paying down the debt. As for Bush's first several years, the market tanked after 9/11 and the economy sucked for those first several years as he took us into two unfunded, worthless wars. As for Reagan, unemployment was 10% at year two, he raised taxes 11 times after 1981, and the stock market crashed in 1987, a year before Reagan left office. Clinton's eight years of peace, prosperity and more private sector jobs created than Bush and Reagan combined look pretty stellar by comparison.

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lavonneannNov. 26, 12 7:50 AM

Seems to me the only pledge that should matter to Congressional members is the one they take when sworn in to office! They have all campaigned on the premise to do the best for their constituents. They also should withdraw their memberships in ALEC - the policy setter for GOP. Many businesses have but many Congressional GOP have not.

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formergopNov. 26, 12 7:54 AM

One thing that really bothers me is they the goptp calls Social Security and medicare entitlments. How can they be entitlments when we pay for them? The ony entitlments that should be cut is the golden perk filled benefits the lawmakers receive while in office, and even if they get voted out.

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fursideNov. 26, 12 7:57 AM

It has seemed odd to me for a very long time that the only thing that concerns most republicans about their "personal ethics" is keeping their word to Grover. We all know it is not about their honor; but their weasely fear of the primary and the ready and willing supply of know nothing Tea-party candidates willing to chant and cheer-lead as a way to get a trip to Washington or St Paul, not to govern; but to obstruct governing. Bye Bye Grover and good riddance.

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