Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Sunday that he would violate Grover Norquist´s anti-tax pledge for the good of the country by capping deductions -- only if Democrats in turn agree to entitlement reform. "I will violate the pledge for the good of the country -- only if Democrats will do entitlement reform," Graham said ABC´s "This Week," discussing a possible bipartisan compromise to avoid the fiscal cliff. "I will not raise tax rates to do it. I would cap deductions… I think Grover is wrong when it comes to capping deductions and buying down the debt."
The real question is how did Norquist, who leads an organization with i bet no more than a few thousand dues paying members, ever get to be in such a powerful position? Who elected this publicity seeker to anything?
I´m not for raising taxes, but the Republicans look ridiculous being dictated to by this punk.
So agree, #5. What kind of "leader" binds himself forever and signs a pledge to a little nobody (or to anybody for that matter) to vote in a certain manner no matter how situations may change or what is best for his constituents and the country may change? Only someone who is thinking of nothing more than his next reelection campaign and is running scared. And I´m not for raising taxes either, but will not vote for anyone who let´s Norquist exert this kind of power over him/her. Why not just elect Norquist as a one member Republican Congresscritter for the party and send these weaklings home.
Graham and McCain, once again, showing that they have NO core principles. How about a 50. cut in welfare payments, you know, so everyone "pays their fair share" if I must be bit in the butt, so should everyone. Sacrifice is always just for the makers, never for the takers. We´re "all IN" now..make them feel a little pain.
Wild guess the money raised by higher taxes will be spent and not used to reduce the deficit. Democrats will promise to cut spending in the future but will only agree to cut military spending so nothing will get cut. The msm will blame the Republicans for the oncoming financial deficit cliff we´re going over. So very predictable.
I agree with #´s 5 & 8, there is something about Grover hat just makes my skin crawl. We all have to look at the big picture and need to stop these pledges. I do not want taxes raised period but Grover should just run for office.
Instead ofthe RNOS in our party conceeding to the Dems again. Why don´t they stand up for the people who put them in there. NO taxes, and Welfare Reform. Not Medicare, what we put into the system for . Notice no one ever tells people on welfare to give their fair share. Take, take take.
Ditto #15. They need to look into Norquists´ moslem connections while they´re at it. And MY Senator, old Meet the Press Saxby, is also up to his old tricks to go along with these two idiots (Mc & Lindsay). Surely there are good conservative candidates who could beat these guys in a primary and still win the general election. The GOP needs to start growing some intelligent, articulate Senate candidates. Now!
If Republicans are interested in making pledges ´´for the good of their country,´´ then all Republican Senatorial candidates should pledge never to mention the words ´´abortion´´ and ´´rape,´´ particularly in the same sentence, and all Republicans in South Carolina should pledge to find an attractive Conservative Republican to oppose Lindsay Graham in his next re-election campaign.
This is kind of interesting here - we have two different kinds of Republican purists here - 1) those that insist they will not vote for a R candidate who does NOT sign the no tax increase pledge ; and 2) those who will never vote for a Republican that commits themselves by signing the pledge. And people wonder why we don´t have more Republicans in office. Hmmmm, well here´s one explanation up there. Why do Republican´s even get into these conversations?
Say goodbye Lindsey...We´re sick of paying your bills so you can maintain the lifestyles of the rich and famous ....
Job opening for another guy in Benghazi...Ask Obama he knows all about it
Off topic...while I may not approve of gay marriage...I do believe gays have no business in elected office unless they are out of the closet?..And if so, serve proudly as you are... Otherwise their reluctance to stand as gay makes them blackmailable and a national security risk to the country ...where their actions may be dictated..for the same reasons that Petraeus was a national security risk...among other high level government officials
What #15 said and everyone else who agrees with #5, #8, and #11. Enough with the Grover Norquists´! The GOP is beginning to look like demonrats with so many different interest groups telling Congress what to do! Either we elect Conservatives to put things right, or not, but they cannot be bullied by the likes of Norquist.
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