November 28th, 2012
11:26 AM ET
2 years ago

Norquist's no-tax pledge has survived challenges before

(CNN) – For Grover Norquist's Taxpayer Protection Pledge, the latest rebellion began last week in the South, by way of friendly fire.

"I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge," Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Georgia, told Macon station WMAZ. "If we do it his way, then we'll continue in debt, and I just have a disagreement with him about that."

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Republicans, whatever happened to "Country First?" Was 2008 that long ago?

    November 28, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. Tommy G

    >Dutch/Bad Newz, VA
    >Republicans, whatever happened to "Country First?" Was 2008 that long ago?

    Republicans have no interest in joining the Democrats in their quest to bankrupt the country. If you want to do that then do it on your own. The Democrats have us very close and are now pushing hard to get us over that cliff.

    November 28, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. Honestly?

    This whole 'pledge' is a transparent form of blackmail. Isn't blackmail illegal? Thought so. Elected officials: You take an OATH to the American people to do whatever you need to do in order to DO YOUR JOB! And it will require raising taxes from time to time. No one 'wants' to pay taxes. It has become a necessary evil. And it pays you to sit around and do nothing but take damn vacations and hold record filibusters. Oh, and hold fake news conferences (Yes, I'm talking about you Senator McCain)

    November 28, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans only leverage is their claim of being better on the economy and consider Americans to be no more than collateral damage as they continue their obstruction to prove their point.

    November 28, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    We the people must point the finger at ourself. We watched this happan. Our nation is devided because we our devided.let us start voting for people who brag about working with the other party, instead of voting for the ones who claim they wont deal with the other side. Its up to us team america!

    November 28, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. Larry L

    Those who hide behind the "pledge" don't really need to come to work. They could simply have a sign at their place in Congress that reads "Pledge-taker. Check with Grover Norquist to Get My Vote."

    November 28, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    The pledge is not being challenged. The whole concept of trickle down economics creates jobs is being challenged. People have begun to notice that "economic growth" and "job creation" are not one and the same.

    November 28, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. just sayin

    >Honestly?
    >This whole 'pledge' is a transparent form of blackmail.

    The pledge is a pledge to the American people, the voters. It is the only way to stop the growth of government to uncontrollalble heights. Democrats are now borrowing and spending to get around having tax levels be a limiting factor. Democrats know no bounds when it comes to raising taxes. The sky is the limit.

    November 28, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. RufusACanal

    Grover Norquist's Taxpayer Protection Pledge is a perfect example of lunacy run riot in the Republican Party. Ask Jack Abramoff about how Grover's accounting works and you will get an excellent representation of how to screw the government. Supposedly, the late great Ronald Reagan asked Grover to start Americans for Tax Reform, but I seriously doubt RR knew the whole story on Grover. Anyone who equates ending the USA by drowning it in the bath tub need not be taken seriously.

    November 28, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. mobobcat720@yahoo.com

    Grover seems to think that he sent the people to congress..... HOW DARE HIM! The people that signs that pledge have no loyalty to the people that sent them....what they are tratiors and need to answer to treason charges! This is not what our country is about. The pledge signers need to send Grover to the White House to broker a deal with the President .......WHAT ARROGANCE

    November 28, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    just sayin wrote:

    The pledge is a pledge to the American people, the voters. It is the only way to stop the growth of government to uncontrollalble heights. Democrats are now borrowing and spending to get around having tax levels be a limiting factor. Democrats know no bounds when it comes to raising taxes. The sky is the limit.
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    Hogwash. The People have not endorsed that pledge. Republicans controlled the Congress for 12 years, and the White House during the final six of those years, and what happened. Republicans exploded the deficit. They enacted the largest fastest growth of government since Reagan, who also a Republican. They set the country on a path of borrowing to fund tax cuts that never produced the promised jobs growth.

    They turned $300 billion surplus into a $1.5 trillion annual deficit, which is a nearly two trillion dollar turnaround in just 8 years. Now you want to blame all of that on Democrats? That's why you lost the 2012 elections.

    November 28, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. just sayin

    >Rudy NYC
    >They turned $300 billion surplus into a $1.5 trillion annual deficit, which is a nearly two trillion dollar turnaround in just 8 >years. Now you want to blame all of that on Democrats?

    democrats controled the house and senate from 2006-2010. during that time, econom anked and spending and deficits skyrocketed. yes, the democrats are to blame. spending originates in the house and that was controlled by pelosi.

    has something happened to your memory?

    November 28, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. The REAL Truth...

    @Tommy G -Republicans have no interest in joining the Democrats in their quest to bankrupt the country. If you want to do that then do it on your own. The Democrats have us very close and are now pushing hard to get us over that cliff.
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    It's time you got clue Tommy!! The dems are not bankrupting the country. The GOP did that all on their own during the eight years of the worst Presidency in history. Roughly $8.8 TRILLION was added to the Nat'l Debt during that time. The amount added under Obama's first term was chump-change by comparison. The trouble with right wing nuts is that they actually BELIEVE / PARROT the garbage being spewed at them by foreign-owned Faux Noise, and don't have the intelligence to do their own research. If they did, they would learn quickly that the Dems have pulled the country out of the last 2 major Depressions, and that lower taxes DO NOT CREATE jobs!!

    November 28, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Donkey Party

    Tommy G – During George W. Bush's tenure, he and the GOP started two wars that they didn't fund, but threw money at recklessly, depleting a budget surplus President Bill Clinton and the Democrats left him, they created Medicare Part D, also unfunded, they created the Department of Homeland Security, the largest expansion of government in over 60 years, and they signed into law two massive tax cuts that were also unfunded. The biggest spenders (and moochers) in America are the GOP. That's just a fact.

    November 28, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |