While, thankfully, most elected Republicans continue to honor their pledge to Grover Norquist that they will not raise taxes, seven key GOP congressmen and senators have broken ranks: Alan Simpson, Saxby Chambliss, Jeff Flake, Tom Coburn, Lindsey Graham, Peter King, and John McCain have stated that they would consider tax hikes as part of a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff.
This is, of course, unacceptable -- now more than ever we should be lowering taxes, not raising them. Our government needs to raise revenue, but that's accomplished by spurring the economy in the form of tax breaks for job creators. In short -- if we take care of the job creators, they'll take care of us.
Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform isn't taking this lying down. In an interview with CNN (sorry -- we ouldn't find a non-leftist news source), he shot down every one of their arguments, and stated in no uncertain terms that his group will work to unseat them.
On Sunday, Peter King said: "A pledge you signed 20 years ago, 18 years ago, is for that Congress. For instance, if I were in Congress in 1941, I would have signed the declaration of war against Japan. I'm not going to attack Japan today. The world has changed. The economic situation is different."
"Peter King knows full well the pledge he signed, and others have signed," replied Norquist. "It's for while you're in Congress, it's not for a two-year period."
Go get 'em, Grover!