Saxby Chambliss Will Not Comply with Norquist Tax Pledge

  1. Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia said solving the nation's fiscal woes may mean breaking the anti-tax pledge he signed years ago.

    Chambliss signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, penned by conservative activist Grover Norquist.

    "I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge," Chambliss says. "If we do it his way then we'll continue in debt, and I just have a disagreement with him about that." ...

    ... Now Chambliss says he wants to do what it takes to right the U.S. fiscal ship, even if that means findings ways to raise revenue, which Norquist strongly opposes.
    Does Chambliss think Norquist will hold the
    anti-tax pledge against him during his next re-election bid in 2014? Yes.
    "But I don't worry about that because I care too much about my country. I care a lot more about it than I do Grover Norquist," Chambliss says....
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  3. by   TopazLover
    We are seeing others deserting the sinking Norquist ship. They know staying the course of No will keep them from re-election. I do think many are serious about caring for our country. I also think it is easy to say that when none of your needs are unmet and you don't stand to lose much by keeping your "pledge".

    We really need to have all those who signed the pledge agree that a divorce is needed. Drop the pleadge and continue to look for ways to save money without hurting the people who have put into these systems for years. Taxes will go up. If nothing is done they will go up. If something is done they will go up for at least some.

    Just to throw another thought in this chaos. Are some religious entities going too far into the political arena to stay tax exempt? I understand it is a bit off topic but it is a rising view that comes as an opposing view to Norquist.
  4. by   tewdles
    I am hopeful that GN's voice becomes a historical echo in the republican party...
  5. by   azhiker96
    It's time to put everything on the table and come up with a fair and equitable solution to our deficit. It's not just a revenue problem and it's not just a spending problem. It's a kicking the can down the road to mortgage our kids problem. Hopefully Congress and the President will be able to come up with real solutions and not another kick it down the road solution.
  6. by   tewdles
    I don't get the sense that the POTUS is interested in kicking this particular can down any road.
    It sounds like he is going to do some "selling" of his plan to the people...what his critics call "campaigning".
    How it works out will be watched with great interest by those of us who pay attention.
    Further shenanigans may result in some electoral surprises for the congressmen/women involved at next cycle. (I hope)