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In which logic flips itself on its head and introduces new wrinkles.

In which logic flips itself on its head and introduces new wrinkles.

23:01 // 1 year ago
November 26, 2012
We’ve got some people discussing impure thoughts on national television.
Grover Norquist, on some Republicans’ recent comments that they’d break the Americans for Tax Reform pledge to reach a deal that avoids the fiscal cliff.  (via officialssay)

I’m starting an organization called Americans for Purity Reform and having people sign a pledge with this phrase: “I will not take Grover Norquist seriously.” 
18:58 // 1 year ago

Prominent Republicans bucking against Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge

  • four the number of prominent Republican members of Congress or the Senate who have, in recent days, said they aren’t bound to Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge in the current fiscal cliff climate. The most recent is Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who said this: “I’m not obligated on the pledge.” The Fix’s Aaron Blake suggests that, if the GOP isn’t careful in dealing with the current situation, it could be a “Read my lips: No new taxes” issue all over again. source
10:33 // 1 year ago
November 24, 2012
…the commitment he made to the people of Georgia was not to me, it was a written commitment to the people of Georgia that he would go to Washington to reduce government spending, and reform government, not raise taxes. If he wants to change his mind and become a tax increaser, so we don’t have to reform government, he needs to have that conversation with the people of Georgia.
Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist • Responding to remarks we mentioned yesterday by Georgia’s Senator Saxby Chambliss. Chambliss made it clear he won’t be constrained on tax negotiations, even though he signed Norquist’s infamous pledge, to never raise taxes, decades ago. The above was Norquist’s testy response, delivered to Joe Johns on CNN. That he’d try to chasten Chambliss by reminding him of potential political risk is no surprise, considering the stakes — the GOP begins turning its back on the pledge during upcoming “fiscal cliff” negotiations could shatter the keystone of Norquist’s influence and relevance in Washington. source
16:16 // 1 year ago
November 23, 2012
I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge…I care a lot more about it than I do Grover Norquist.
Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss, breaking ranks with the militant anti-tax wing of his party. 41 senators have signed Norquist’s pledge—which is essentially a promise to never, ever vote for any revenue or tax increase—but while the document used to be Republican orthodoxy, its influence is showing signs of crumbling. Chambliss’ colleagues Lindsey Graham, John McCain, and Tom Coburn have all recently called for Republicans to abandon the pledge, as has former governor Jeb Bush. While Norquist is a very powerful figure in DC, he isn’t an elected official. He derives power solely from Republicans’ decision to grant him power, and if their subservience to his demands goes away, so does the bulk of his political influence. source
15:41 // 1 year ago
November 12, 2012
thecallus:

officialssay:

“The president was … elected on the basis that he was not Romney and that Romney was a poopy-head.” — Grover Norquist on Obama’s reelection and the looming fiscal cliff. Watch it on CBS.

Everyone is America is an infant except for me, because not wanting to pay taxes is a noble, adult endeavor.

This is what we give our airtime to, America. Grown men using the phrase “poopy-head.”

thecallus:

officialssay:

“The president was … elected on the basis that he was not Romney and that Romney was a poopy-head.” — Grover Norquist on Obama’s reelection and the looming fiscal cliff. Watch it on CBS.

Everyone is America is an infant except for me, because not wanting to pay taxes is a noble, adult endeavor.

This is what we give our airtime to, America. Grown men using the phrase “poopy-head.”

(via thecallus-deactivated20130520)

10:34 // 1 year ago
June 1, 2012
Jeb Bush, who doesn’t want to be vice president, would back raising taxes
But only $1 for every $10 cut. Let’s not get too crazy: The brother of George W. Bush isn’t afraid to break from his party on some issues, and one of those appears to be the hard stance that taxes could not raise in any circumstances whatsoever. “If you could bring to me a majority of people to say that we’re going to have $10 in spending cuts for $1 of revenue enhancement — put me in, coach,” he told the House Budget Committee Friday. In fact, Bush is one of those rare beasts who turned down Grover Norquist’s infamous pledge against all tax increases, at any time, ever. Whoa, this guy sounds like a moderate. Get him! source

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But only $1 for every $10 cut. Let’s not get too crazy: The brother of George W. Bush isn’t afraid to break from his party on some issues, and one of those appears to be the hard stance that taxes could not raise in any circumstances whatsoever. “If you could bring to me a majority of people to say that we’re going to have $10 in spending cuts for $1 of revenue enhancement — put me in, coach,” he told the House Budget Committee Friday. In fact, Bush is one of those rare beasts who turned down Grover Norquist’s infamous pledge against all tax increases, at any time, ever. Whoa, this guy sounds like a moderate. Get him! source

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15:41 // 2 years ago
August 26, 2011
No you’re not. 

No you’re not. 

12:58 // 2 years ago
August 3, 2011

Who is this Grover Norquist dude, and how did he manage to score so much influence amongst Republicans in the debt-ceiling debate? Alan Simpson — a Republican who helped head Obama’s bipartisan deficit committee earlier this year — called out Norquist for seemingly forcing the GOP into a no-compromise corner on tax increases. “If Grover Norquist is more powerful than the President of the United States and the Congress,” Simpson told Lawrence O’Donnell, “he should run for President.” Harsh words, bro.

21:12 // 2 years ago