Originally posted at Writeindependent.org on October 25, 2011
taxes – tax reform – Grover Norquist – Americans for Tax Reform
If you don’t know the Americans for Tax Reform pledge you need to know right away. Nobody has done more to create inflexibility in our congress than Grover Norquist, who leads the charge that no representative in our government should raise taxes on anyone or any company, ever.
What is inflexibility? Do you know anyone who is stubborn? Do you know anyone who stonewalls you into a corner? That’s what Grover has essentially done with “The Taxpayer Protection Pledge” which states the following (for a House Representative):
I, _______________, pledge to the taxpayers of the _____ district of the state of__________, and to the American people that I will:
ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and
TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.
Grover has been incredibly successful in getting your Congressional representatives to sign this pledge. For the list of 238 Representatives and 41 Senators who have signed it, click on List of Pledge Signers in the 112th Congress
Since over 54% of our Representatives have signed this pledge, the current House will never agree to tax the wealthiest 1%. So 99%-ers, if you want change, you have to stop voting these people into office. More importantly, if you want the 1% to start stimulating the economy again, and if you think they don’t care about us enough to do it without twisting their collective arm, you are going to have to ELECT DIFFERENT PEOPLE who aren’t so inflexible.