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Grover Norquist's Anti-Tax Pledge

Posted by MacZad
Jun 22 2012

The Americans for Tax Reform leader Grover Norquist has stated, "Our goal is to shrink government to the size where we can drown it in a bathtub." The many lawmakers who have signed his anti-tax pledge have essentially delegated the tax legislating duties of their office to his Washington lobby.

When Norquist achieves success and we have government that "can drown in a bathtub," do we really expect that it will so improve our situations that we will be sharing this fat cat's chair, or even be sitting on smaller chairs on the platform beside him?

Not a chance! Norquist's success will give us an emaciated government and further concentrate power and wealth at the top. The rest of us will be like the Citizens United folks in the cartoon. Short of revolution a strong representative government is all there is that stands between us and total rule by the rich and powerful - just as they rule in non-democratic countries throughout the world.

None of us like taxes. However, they are essential and, while blind opposition to them may make us feel good in the short term, such opposition is not in our long-term best interest. Those who govern us need to be able to consider tax questions with an open mind, but those who have signed the pledge are not able to do so and don't deserve our votes.

So how about the candidates that you plan to support in November? Have they signed Norquist's pledge? Romney has and the vast majority of Republican and some Democratic congressmen have. However, there are indications that some prominent Republicans ( Examples: Jeb Bush and Lindsey Graham) are coming to realize that Norquist and his pledge aren't good for their party or the country.

Check'em out before you vote.

Categories: Opposing Plutocracy and Corporatocracy, Seeking Better Governance