Norquist strikes back

Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform responds in Human Events to attacks upon his “taxpayer protection pledge.”

The leader of Americans for Tax Reform told Human Events that Republicans should be ashamed to be part of the Democratic media campaign to raise taxes.

“They should be embarrassed,” said Grover G. Norquist, the founder and president of the Washington-based ATR.

The narrative was part of the Nov. 27 remarks on the Senate floor by Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.).

“For nearly three decades, a right-wing Washington lobbyist has exerted a stranglehold on mainstream Republicans over the issue of taxes, threatening political retaliation against any lawmaker who dared vote for any fiscal solution that asked the wealthy to pay their fair share,” Schumer said. …

… The New Yorker is humiliating his fellow members of Congress and hauling them out as if they were collaborators, Norquist said. “It is not very nice of him.”

People need to remember that Schumer is the man who wants to raise tax rates and eliminate deductions and credits, he said. “Schumer is an absolutist raising taxes and not doing tax reform.”

Despite the barrage of attacks against him, and reports of defections, the “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” he asks every candidate to make to the voters is not going away, he said.

“The truth is that 90-plus percent of the pledge signers, they sign the pledge because they have no intention of raising taxes,” said the Massachusetts expatriate.

“They are very comfortable making that commitment because it never occurs to them to raise taxes. They know taxes are bad for the economy. They know raising taxes kills jobs,” he said. “Why would they raise taxes if they know the problem is spending?”

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

Reader Comments

  • Pops

    First and foremost, signed pledges are for the weak minded. They are hollow commitments made by people who don’t have the guts to make decisions based on the facts around them. I’m so glad that a few of the GOP have the onions to do what is right here.

    You cannot compromise unless you give something to the Dems. That means a slightly higher tax rates on the rich—a few grand for someone making $300,000 a year. Cry me a river.

    Pledges should be reserved for high school kids trying to abstain from sex before marriage, not our elected leaders making decisions about what is right for our country.

  • oface

    “First and foremost, signed pledges are for the weak minded. They are hollow commitments made by people who don’t have the guts to make decisions based on the facts around them.”

    So, by this definition, we should do away with things like: credit card receipts, checks, loans, gym memberships, Medicare and Medicaid benefits, marriage licenses, and … everything else in life.

    Coincidentally, you might be interested in this Politico article from the 2010 elections:

    Maybe if you weren’t so angry you would see things more clearly…I’m holding out hope for you 🙂

  • Pops

    Ah shucks, I’m not really that angry. Only when I see massive misjustice, propoganda, and silly attempts at short term political gain do I get angry. And who wouldn’t?

    As far as the Dems pledge to not touch Social Security, to heck with them too. Elected officials are sent to Washington to make decisions based on the facts at hand, not some pledge they signed years before under completely different circumstances.

    And signing a pledge as a politician is nothing like signing a marriage contract or credit cards. Those things have legal ramifications. Pledges don’t.