Tom Coburn versus Grover Norquist on Taxes

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    Well Well Well...
    Norquist’s Phantom Army
    By TOM COBURN
    Published: July 15, 2012

    WHEN the antitax lobbyist Grover G. Norquist made a visit to Capitol Hill recently, leading Democrats welcomed the chance to build up their favorite boogeyman. Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, said Mr. Norquist has “the entire Republican party in the palm of his hand.” A spokeswoman for Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader, said Mr. Norquist — who is famous for getting lawmakers to pledge not to support tax hikes or deficit reduction that is paired with revenue increases — was coming to give the G.O.P. its “marching orders.”

    But this story is utterly false. Senate Republicans — and many House Republicans — have repeatedly rejected Mr. Norquist’s strict interpretation of his own pledge, a reading that requires them to defend every loophole and spending program hidden in the tax code. While most Republicans do, of course, oppose tax increases, they are hardly the mindless robots Democrats say they are. …

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/16/op...an-pledge.html
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    Norquist rebuts Coburn, says he 'stands alone' on taxes

    Anti-tax lobbyist Grover Norquist on Monday called Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) a liar after the senator blasted him in the pages of The New York Times.
    http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-mone...-latest-attack

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    I have been wondering for awhile, why do our elected officials care more about Grover Norquist's thoughts or opinions than they do ours...their constituents?
    herring_RN likes this.
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    Quote from tewdles
    I have been wondering for awhile, why do our elected officials care more about Grover Norquist's thoughts or opinions than they do ours...their constituents?
    Interesting question for which I have no answer. It happens on both sides of the political aisle. Ben Nelson was a well-liked and long-serving Democrat from my home state of NE, which leans heavily Republican in most areas. He acknowledged receiving overwhelming feedback from constituents against Obamacare, yet cast what might be considered the deciding vote in its favor. It cost him his political career.
    Szasz_is_Right likes this.


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