Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Now Grover Norquist Sells Out

Surprise, another sell out in D.C.

Mr. Anti-Tax Increases, Grover Norquist, is giving the green light to House Republicans to vote in favor of  House Speaker Boehner's "Plan B," which includes increased taxes on incomes over $1 million.

At Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform web site, we have this twisted analysis on the tax hike:

The House this week will vote on a tax bill.  This legislation—popularly known as “Plan B”--permanently prevents a tax increase on families making less than $1 million per year.  Republicans supporting this bill are this week affirming to their constituents in writing that this bill—the sole purpose of which is to prevent tax increases—is consistent with the pledge they made to them.  In ATR’s analysis, it is extremely difficult—if not impossible—to fault these Republicans’ assertion.[...]
Having finally seen actual legislation in writing, ATR is now able to make its determination about a legislative proposal related to the fiscal cliff. ATR will not consider a vote for this measure a violation of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.
Here's WaPo on "Plan B":
House Speaker John A. Boehner has pushed back against the White House’s latest fiscal cliff offer with a ploy he’s calling “Plan B”: He plans to hold a vote in the House that would let the Bush tax cuts expire for income above $1 million[...]
BTW: Norquist was Jesse Benton's mentor.


  1. Haha, that's probably because Mr. Norquist's income is above $250,000 and below $1 million.

    When the threshold was 250k, he was all principled and stuff. But then when the threshold went above his own income bracket, then LET'S DO THIS NOW BEFORE ANYONE CHANGES THEIR MINDS.

    What a pissant.

  2. Having seen an interview with him on, he couldn't have been any farther up the asses of guys like Lindsay Graham, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner and the whole Republican kit and caboodle.

  3. Norquist's positions are similar to Ron Paul's. Give him a break. He's against the Patriot Act.

  4. Norquist is right, though: voting for this measure isn't voting for tax increases. Boehner holds all the cards, and if this is all he offers, and Republican vote against it, guess what? Taxes go up on everybody in January, and thus, Republicans literally would have voted for that to happen.

    It's a sellout for Boehner and leadership to move forward with this plan, but not a sellout for garden variety members to vote for it.

    It's also why politics suck.

    1. "Taxes go up on everybody in January, and thus, Republicans literally would have voted for that to happen."

      No, they would NOT have "literally voted for that to happen."

      When someone is being offered the choice between murder and rape, and they refuse to choose, they did NOT ask for murder.

      People that don't have convictions or a spine, and who just go along with their slimy leadership, do not deserve any support or sympathy.

    2. They're not choosing between murder or rape. They're choosing between keeping current rates for the vast majority of people under a compromise bill, or letting all rates go up for all taxpayers. Voting down what the House GOP leadership will propose, as wussy and compromised as it is, is a vote for the tax rates to go back up.

      I'd love for the GOP to take Ron's legislation that he introduces every session to abolish the income tax and stand on that position in these negotiations. But that won't happen.

      This is why politics is a failure, and freedom will never come from the political process.