If anything great should be remembered from this past election it should be the fact that Grover Norquist has become much less significant. The number of Republicans breaking with the Norquist pledge to not raise taxes keeps rising, with the latest one coming out today:
Open criticism of Grover Norquist and his Americans for Tax Reform group’s anti-tax pledge continued to make its way to the forefront of debate on Monday, with Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) saying that his only real obligation was to serve his constituents by finding a long-term solution to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff.”
“I’m not obligated on the pledge,” Corker told Charlie Rose of CBS News, responding to a question about growing disenchantment among Republicans who had previously stood in agreement with Norquist’s strict “no new taxes” pledge. “I was just elected. The only thing I’m honoring is the oath I take when I serve when I’m sworn in this January.”
Corker joins other big names, such as John McCain, Saxby Chambliss, Tom Coburn, Lindsey Graham and Peter King. These influential Republicans can really put pressure on the rest of their party to disavow the thinking of Norquist and finally work to move our country forward.
But any man in the midst of defeat, old Grover is resilient as ever:
Prominent American anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist on Monday insisted that his movement was as strong as ever and that Congress would withstand pressure to raise taxes even if more Republican lawmakers are spurning his anti-tax pledge.
A vast majority of elected Republicans have signed Norquist’s “taxpayer protection pledge,” launched in 1986, which commits them to voting against tax increases, and it became a sort of litmus test among U.S. conservatives.
But the new House of Representatives, which takes office in January, has 16 Republicans who so far have not signed the pledge, up from six in the outgoing Congress. One new Republican senator, Jeff Flake, also has not signed.
Luckily Republicans aren’t listening to Grover like they used to. Instead they appear to be listening to voters, who believe that the wealthiest in our country needs to pay a comparable tax rate to that of average Americans.
Hopefully the reign of Norquist and his failed ideology is coming to an end. We need new solutions that are based on common sense, not some reactionary dribble. We need to make the tax code more fair and those who have reaped the benefits of what this country has to offer need to kick in more. Grover Norquist is against that idea, but we see a growing number of Americans rooting for our country and not Grover. Hopefully the momentum continues.