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July 14th, 2011
01:29 PM ET

Grover Norquist: The man who drew the GOP's 'line in the sand'

Washington (CNN) - At the heart of the contentious talks between the White House and congressional Republicans on whether to raise the debt ceiling is a simple, one-sentence document many conservative lawmakers have signed, pledging not to increase taxes.

Ever.

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Filed under: Debt • Deficit • Grover Norquist • Lisa Sylvester • Taxes • Washington
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  1. Reynaldo

    If it is a game of chicken, it seems to be a dsneoshit one. The Repubs have already surreptitiously bailed out of their cars, having tied the accelerator to the floor. The guy in the other car has to lose . . . The only way the country can win a game like this is to refuse to play it.

    October 13, 2012 at 12:59 am |
  2. Mike

    Why is'nt anyone talkin g about cutting forgein aide. Everytime something happens in the world I say there goes another C5A with US (gold) dollars. Why are we still paying to have millitary bases in Germany and Japan Suadi Arabia?
    I want someone to show me on a chalkboard (remeber we used them in school) where the lease money oil companies pay us for pumping oil out of US soil goes.
    Why don't we releasing oil reserves and pay our debt and give some back to us, after all this is a national security problem I beleive.
    I seved my country and have worked more than 1 job since Iwas 14 I have paid over 1.7 million dollars into social security. Now their going to tell me I'm not getting a check!
    What happened to getting off welfare did the reform work or are we still paying for people to have kids and not work! why are we still printing in spainish. We could save alot right there!
    Why did we stop the shuttle program there went alot of good jobs and a real job creator. Now were going to pay the Russians and China taxi fare to go to the Space Station built by us here in Huntsville Al

    July 20, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  3. Chagrined

    President Clinton left a surplus of $5.6 trillion which President Bush squandered by giving the richest Americans a tax cut during war time for the first time in our history and we now have the largest debt in history! When Mr. Bush took the oath of office in 200l, the nonpartisan CBO projected $5.6 trillion in federal budget surpluses through 2011. Bush left a trail of deficits and debt and high unemployment for President Obama!
    While Bush and congress compelled Main Street to bail out Wall Street at a cost of $700 billion, The insidious Grover Norquist whines abut $800 billion stimulus President Obama used to stimulate the economy.
    The great American Oliver Wendell Holmes stated, "We pay taxes for a civilized society." If Grover Norquist doesn't want to finance civility, I suggest he moves to Mexico! Bon Voyage

    July 17, 2011 at 4:20 am |
  4. Kriss in Calif

    What makes Norquist think he should have any more influence in this than the single vote every American has by right. Norquist is a destructive influence in thus entire process and the American public has no accountability over him like we do with those we elect. Those of who disagree cannot vote him out of the whole process. Butt out Norquist!!!!!

    If Norquist thinks this debt ceiling is wring then where was be when the GOP raised the debt ceiling 17x under Reagan and 19x under GW Bush? Where was all this bad mouthing of the Prez then? Where was the concern for debt then? It is abdute hogwash on the part of the GOP right now and is being used for political gain by numerous GOP members. Press questions across the GOP show many GOP members are williling to accept the $4 tril, or very short of, proposed by Obama. The general public polls show a big majority of Americans support closing tax loopholes, which is a far cry from a tax hike! Get real GOP and negotiate!

    July 15, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
  5. sky

    For every man and women who works and pay their taxes that means for every check he or she gets a % taken out of .. If he or she works twenty to thirty years I belive that theyhave paid their share to socity no matter if their rich , poor or joined the service no job is greater than the next ,eventhough it might pay you more, that's just life!!!!!.

    INDEPENDENT 4 LIFE

    July 14, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
  6. Michael Rowland

    I have been watching closely all of the nonsense that is comming out of the congress lately and would like to ask a couple of questions.
    1. With people who earn over 250,000.00 per year what is the average percentage of their income paid in taxes. Warren Buffet paid 22%
    2. When an employer wants to add staff, what does he evaluate. The answer should be weather or not the hired person will bring in more revenue or is essential to maintain certain levels of revenue. I do not know one single employer who evaluates his tax burden before a hire. That is just preposterous.
    3. As an employer that is hirering staff it is with the goal of producing more goods or services that can be sold. The consummer, from a big mack to a 16 wheeler, is the deciding factor. The consumer by definition is the job creator, not some multimillionaire. It is time for people to realize that if more goods are produced and sold, more profits are made and with more profits even those super rich end up with a bigger piece of the pie. I have no problem with people being rich, but to say they are the job creators is just a kick line for the right to try and scare the middle into believing that they are the engine of growth.

    July 14, 2011 at 1:49 pm |

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