Via “The Raw Story”…
Anti-tax evangelist Grover Norquist, one of Washington’s most influential figures, is facing an apparent erosion of his power as leading Republicans begin opting out of pledges to his cause.
Norquist has amassed considerable clout over the last couple of decades by managing to get hundreds of Republicans in elective office to sign a controversial pledge vowing never to vote for a tax increase.
But there was growing feeling Sunday that the anti-tax crusader and his pledge were quickly becoming irrelevant as several party bigwigs said they would abandon the vow and analysts openly questioned his continued relevance.
Norquist’s influence appears to have diminished quickly following the November 6 vote that re-elected Barack Obama and gave the president greater authority in talks to find measures to reduce America’s ballooning debt.
Amid a growing consensus that it will take a combination of spending cuts and more revenue to rein in the deficit, the Republican leadership appears ready to jettison what had once seemed an iron-clad no-tax-hike promise.
“I will violate the pledge, long story short, for the good of the country,” senior Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told “Fox News Sunday.”
Republicans are only reconsidering their stance on taxes because a poison pill law — designed to force action to rein in the debt — will see a potentially catastrophic combination of tax hikes and spending cuts come into force if no deal is reached by the year-end.
Translation. People are finally getting the message that civilization costs money. You need money for infrastructure, education, R&D, Etc. And it’s not class warfare to suggest that people who make more money in this civilization can afford to give more to assist in it’s up keep. (And before anyone starts in about how government can waste taxpayers money, I put it to you that that is why we have elections. You don’t like how Government spends your money, elect someone else to run it!)
Grover Norquist has made a nice living over the last several years screaming about Big Government. I think it’s time for him to find a more honorable line of work.