The most talked about name in the opening weeks of the fiscal cliff negotiations isn´t Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner or Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. It´s Grover Norquist. Norquist is not a publicly elected official or even a government appointee. The 56-year-old conservative leader is the founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform and promoter of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge -- better known as the Norquist Pledge. Americans for Tax Reform opposes tax increases, and the Norquist Pledge calls on members of Congress to do just that.
Any politician either stupid enough or desperate enough to ask folks to "read my lips" deserves the fallout when their word is broken. Eventually one is faced with a moment demanding courage...and a legitimate choice...and such pledge signing is plain dopey.
Taxes haven raised here and there in many places without Grover Norquist noticing, apparently. Signing any kind of pledge, for any politician, is just dumb. All those sincere GOPers signed the Norquist pledge 20 years ago because it was the wave of that period. Things have changed. Purists can just get over it.
The Republicans are shockingly out of touch with reality. And they are being walked over and spit upon daily. We desperately need a viable new party and I hope the Tea Party is making sure it will qualify a candidate IF we ever get to vote again - in all 50 states.
It´s the spending. If the Republicans let all the tax cuts expire (so the majority of Americans would have to realize Bush cut taxes for everyone) and then got actual cuts in spending, I could deal with the rates going back to the Clinton days. It´s the caving on taxes and not getting any spending cuts that is intolerable.
The country´s fiscal problem is spending not low taxes. It always has been. The country is already over the precipice and headed down. It is only a question of how far down we go and whether we make a turn around. Increasing taxes will only hasten the descent and lenghten the depth of the fall. We have been and are stealing our descendents´ future to pay those who don´t sow but only reap.
The media are madly promoting everyone down to dog catcher in a desperate attempt to pretend that the GOP still exists and that all kinds of people are doing exciting things in it except the Tea Party. The anti-tax gig has always been a meaningless PR front for Norquist´s main interest. If one tax doesn´t go up 10 others do. How about this for a pledge: No new gov. agencies and no new gov. regulations retroactive to 1990. That would mean something.
Obviously they will violate their pledge. First they are politicians and lying is just what they do. Second, their too stupid (remember their politicians) to remember the Bush I lesson. And three, they are Rebublcians that feel they must shore up their Democrat base. Yes their so idiotic that actually believe it’s the Dem base that is important to them. Flood these idiots with calls.
I see the same willingness here to give up on taxes as I did when Herman Cain was being vilified by the mainstream media during his truncated rise in popularity. Too many conservatives, apparently, let the drum beat of negativity from the press affect their commitment to smaller government.
Norquist is one of the few leaders left who is doing the right thing. He´s holding the Rino´s feet to the fire. The media is providing us a nice list of Rino´s to cull from the herd at the next hunt.
The way a lot of you talk, you would think the GOP controls the Senate and the Presidency. We lost the presidency because enough people in our own party stayed home, for whatever stupid reason they had. Actions have consequences and we are going to suffer as a country because of them.
Prediction: The Repubs will lose the House in 2014. Most voters will realize that since they vote,like Democrats, we might as well vote for real Dems, not the fake ones in the GOP. The repubs will decide they need Dem voters more than Conservative and Independents.
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Los Angeles County sheriff´s detectives allege that two men stole the t-top roof panel of a $400,000 Porsche after it crashed Saturday in Santa Clarita, killing "Fast and Furious" star Paul Walker and another man. The department announced Thursday that one man was in custody and that another suspect was expected to surrender to detectives soon. The one suspect, 18-year-old Jameson Witty, was arrested on suspicion of grand theft and tampering with evidence. He was being held on $20,000 bail, officials said. In a news release, the Sheriff´s Department said the alleged theft occurred while the Porsche was being towed away.
Washington -The young black university student who walked up to the microphone at an anti-apartheid rally in 1980 was, by his own admission, cynical about the virtues of political activism. Barack Obama had spent his early years of college submerged in books by African American writers by the likes of James Baldwin, W E B Du Bois and Malcolm X, wrestling with his own mixed racial identity. But it was the campaign for equality thousands of miles away in South Africa that first spurred Obama, then aged 19, into action: taking part in a divestment rally in his sophomore year
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WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama marked the end of Hanukkah with not one, but two receptions at the White House on Thursday.He noted a rare quirk in the calendar that overlapped Thanksgiving and the start of the eight-day Jewish holiday. At the first gathering, Obama recognized guests who are credited with coming up with some unusual names for the joint holiday, such as "Thanksgivukkah," a combination of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, and "menurkey," a blend of the words menorah and turkey. Menorahs were lit at both receptions. The White House said it expected about 500 people at each. American Jewish leaders and representatives
ARLINGTON, Va.- Conservative groups in 34 U.S. states plan coordinated assaults on taxes, healthcare, public sector pensions and the environment, organizing papers indicate. They also plan a strategy to push for expanded access to school vouchers to encourage home schooling, the documents published by Britain´s Guardian indicate. The newspaper published the papers in conjunction with the Texas Observer in Austin and the Portland (Maine) Press Herald. The documents can be found at tinyurl.com/UPI-SPN. The conservative strategy, organized and coordinated by the State Policy Network in Arlington, Va., includes proposals to cut public sector pensions, lower government-worker wages, eliminate income taxes,
Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus said Thursday that little lies like the White House saying Obama had never met his uncle show President Obama is untrustworthy. “The American people are seeing Barack Obama for what he is. He says one thing and does another. He’s been lying to the American people,” Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, said in interview on Fox News’s “Hannity” show Thursday night. “These little lies, like, you know, lying about whether you met someone or not that´s been significant in your life— listen, those are big things because it goes to the character
I have never been much of a conspiracy theorist. For me it was always Oswald by himself from the Texas School Book Depository and nothing in the intervening fifty years has disabused me of this notion. For the most part, I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy — the most obvious explanation is likely to be true. (Snip) To put it bluntly, Occam’s Razor has moved. Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me. Principal among those is that Obama’s academic records are perpetually unavailable for a reason — and that reason is most likely that they reveal
One of President Obama´s chief political assets has been his ability to excite young people like almost no politician in history. But the days of America´s youth fawning over the president are over. A new Harvard University Institute of Politics poll released Wednesday confirms what other surveys have shown in recent months: Millennials have soured on Obama so much this year that their opinion of him largely mirrors the American public´s. Even though Obama does not ever have to face another election, he should be worried about the findings for a couple of reasons, which we will dive into momentarily.
Last summer on his $100 million family tour of Africa, Barack Obama hoped for a priceless photo op with Nelson Mandela, the ailing freedom pioneer who went from prison cell to the presidency of South Africa. Mandela´s family suggested that wouldn’t happen. So, the Obamas did a photo op in Mandela´s former prison cell. Which Obama’s White House quickly tweeted upon word of the icon´s passing at 95. [Skip] But Obama was also caught staring at television coverage of Mandela’s passing, which became Obama’s Photo of the Day.
A stunning new study unveiled on Fox News´ Hannity finds that President Barack Obama’s White House calendar records just one face-to-face meeting between Obama and his Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in the more than three-and-a-half years leading up to the disastrous Obamacare launch. The startling statistic comes from a new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) analysis of Obama’s own official White House calendar, as well as the Politico presidential calendar, and raises new questions about Obama’s executive leadership and management throughout the implementation of his singular legislative achievement. More alarming still, the president’s schedule lists 277 private
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Speaker John Boehner said his party should support gay Republican congressional candidates and urged his colleagues to “be a little more sensitive” when running against women. “Some of our members just aren’t as sensitive as they ought to be,” Boehner said. When asked if he thinks his party should support gay candidates, Boehner simply said: “I do.”