Sunday, November 25, 2012

Republicans Start To Defy Norquist's Anti-Tax Pledge

Some Republicans are starting to rebel against the pledge, signed by most of the party at the urging of Grover Norquist (left), to never raise taxes. This move comes as Democrats and Republicans attempt to compromise before the country reaches the "fiscal cliff" at the end of the year. In separate reports, Politico cited three who recently voiced defiance:

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA):“I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge,” said Chambliss, who signed Norquist’s “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” when he first ran for Senate. “If we do it his way, then we’ll continue in debt, and I just have a disagreement with him about that.”

Rep. Peter King (R-NY): Rep. Peter King rebuked Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge Sunday, declaring "the world has changed and the economic situation is different."...“We should not be taking iron-clad positions,” King said on fiscal cliff negotiations, adding he didn’t want to “pre-judge” any compromises that could be under discussion between Republican and Democratic leaders.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC): "I will violate the pledge for the good of the country -- only if Democrats will do entitlement reform," Graham said ABC's "This Week," discussing a possible bipartisan compromise to avoid the fiscal cliff. "I will not raise tax rates to do it. I would cap deductions… I think Grover is wrong when it comes to capping deductions and buying down the debt."

Though Graham states that he will not raise taxes, capping deductions is still a violation of Norquist's pledge.

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