In response to a number of GOP Senators backing away from the anti-tax pledge he authored, Grover Norquist is speaking out.
Norquist, an anti-tax lobbyist and head of Americans for Tax Reform, created the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in 1986 during the Reagan administration. It has been signed by 238 representatives and 41 senators, in addition to over 1200 current state legislators. The signors agree to “solemnly bind themselves to oppose any and all tax increases.”
“Some of the people who are being dragged up are retreads,” Norquist said. “There’s nothing new in the last weekend about some of the senators who said they would be open to tax hikes.”
Norquist said that three of the outspoken senators are a part of the “Gang of Six” who spent eight months “pretending to negotiate” tax increases and spending cuts with the Democrats, which resulted in nothing but tax increases being offered.
In his defense, Norquist contends that the legislators’ promise not to raise taxes was made to the voters in their state, not to him.
See Norquist’s interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto here:
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