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Norquist Slams Tax Pledge Defector Saxby Chambliss


The Hill: Grover Norquist on Friday responded to criticism from GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss (Ga.) who suggested this week that he was ready to ditch the influential activist’s anti-tax pledge.

“Senator Chambliss promised the people of Georgia he would go to Washington and reform government rather than raise taxes to pay for bigger government. He made that commitment in writing to the people of Georgia,” said Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, in a statement.

"if he plans to vote for higher taxes to pay for Obama-sized government he should address the people of Georgia and let them know that he plans to break his promise to them,” he added.

Norquist’s response was sparked by an interview Chambliss gave to a local Georgia station on Thursday where the senator said “I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge.”

“If we do it his way then we’ll continue in debt, and I just have a disagreement with him about that,” Chambliss added.

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Go get 'em Grover...It's EASY to keep pledges in the good times.

But just like the marriage vows it means for better or for worse - in good times and bad.

These rats never mention spending at all.

And how much foreign aid heve these shysters supported over the years???

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

How's that McCain-esque "Country First" working out for you?

Notice, his excuse is that he's putting "Country First", just like John McCain-Feingold always claimed to be doing.

This rings as hollow as Sean Penn - playing a corrupt Louisiana Senator who is supposedly not Huey P. Long but mirrors his story quite well - claiming to someone he wants to provide him cover with his status: I've given you the chance to do what all great men always have, rise above principle.

We who support Ron Paul know there is no greater service than rising TO principle, and that you can never save a system (a political system or an economic system) by acts of betrayal.

This guy is a Republican?

Ron Paul summed it up in one short sentence, he said "it's not a revenue problem, it's a spending problem". IMO any Republican who votes to raise taxes and not support spending cuts is the problem, and has got to be replaced with a liberty candidate who supports the Paul position.

What we are fighting against

What we are fighting against here is the American mindset about the size and role ofthe federal government. We all know that income taxes are not neccesary, that all they do is depress the economy....but until we can convince Americans to never convict anyone accused of income tax evasion when they sit on a jury we will never gain any traction. Most people are disconnected because to them its only rich people that will pay more. Its easy for them to vote to steal rich peoples money, but to have their own stolen meets with outrage...until they realize the hypocrisy evident in this mindset we will never get anywhere.


Immoral extorted theft. We all know that is not acceptable to steel from others nor is is acceptable to treaten.

Yet once again if your father/mother government requires extorted theft and calles it tax you should bow your head get on your knees and submit.

They need not money, its digitized right out of thin air, at no cost.
They require your submission while doing an immoral act.

Simple, its evil.

To think that a liar and a promoter of thieves would lie to seek power and governemnt position is a correct thought IMO. This bird is simply showing his true colors right out in the open. Now he is forced to cover his first lie. No increase of tax.


The liberals will own it all when all the Bush tax cuts expire

They can start writing checks, getting hours cut, paying a fortune to insurance companies and getting nothing back. They can pay their carbon taxes to Al Gore whose 17 bedroom mansion was recently built on the water line in California. This will be enough to finish off the small businesses. The cost of electricity will double (write your checks, liberals) The whole dam thing is coming down as designed. The free loaders will wreck the system. The land grabbers/carpet baggers will come in and take all the family farms. The soviet system will overtake and replace the republic. Meanwhile, everyone is back biting and bickering. As for me, I'm voting for God. I'm pushing for the 10 commandments. I'm promoting prayer cause we're a people in really deep trouble. They are so lost in the wilderness - serving the beast.

Chambliss defines the word. HYPOCRITE!

When you make a pledge (just like marriage vows), it is NOT FOR THE GOOD TIMES.

It's for when the going gets ROUGH that your pledge is supposed to kick in.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

At least get something good out of it

According to the Barro–Ricardo equivalence theorem, spending = taxation because it'll have to be paid back someday. If Republicans are going to talk about raising taxes, they should at least try to get something sexy in exchange like either a no-deficit amendment to the Constitution or an amendment that caps spending at a certain percentage of GDP much lower than it is now.

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What is better?

Low taxes or a balanced budget? I know that many of us would argue that we can have both: a small government and minimal taxes. The problem is we haven't convinced others of this yet. If Republicans insist on low taxes for everybody (which will probably mean more deficits), then they will be helping to conceal the true cost of government from our people. Let taxes raise to the level where revenue matches our expenditures, and you'll see a whole new group of people interested in making serious reductions to the size of government. I've said if before, and I'll say it again. We can insist on no tax increases ever, or we can insist on balanced budgets, but we're not going to get both, at least not soon. If the GOP uses deficits to maintain current tax rates, then they are short-circuiting the liberty and limited government movement. Forcing this nation to pay up front for every domestic program and military misadventure would make the benefits of liberty obvious to a whole new group of people.

"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds."-Samuel Adams

Low taxes forces small governmemt

That's why it's a trap to allow more taxes.

More taxes won't pay down the defiicit -the deficit is already far too big, not even including the unfunded liabilities, to ever pay it off with taxes.

The spending needs to stop and the class envy of stealing from the tax payer ("rich" or otherwise) to pay everyone else's wish list of mostly waste needs to stop

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Spending should be the focus

The problem isn't taxes or an unbalanced budget. It's spending. We need less spending. Spending = taxes in the long run.

Not raising taxes if Bush tax cuts expire

That last time this went around, Dr Paul was one of the very few GOP members who voted to continue the Bush tax cuts for the middle class.

I am not sure what the senator from GA said exactly nor Norquist's response. I do know that if you vote for a bill that continue tax cuts for some, that is not the same as raising taxes ont he ones whose taxes expire.

As far as Norquist is concerned, I lost a lot of respect for him when he said the 999 plan was technically ok so long as it was revenue neutral. Sorry, but raised taxes on anyone is raising taxes.