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More Republicans Renege on 'No Tax-Hike' Pledge...
CNSNews.com ^ | November 26, 2012 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams Jr.

Posted on 11/26/2012 11:54:57 AM PST by CNSNews.com

As the fiscal cliff looms, a growing number of Republican lawmakers are abandoning their pledge to the American people NOT to raise taxes.

It was reported last week that Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) broke from his conservative colleagues when he stated on WMAZ-TV, "I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge."

Chambliss was referring to the Taxpayer Protection Pledge created by Grover Norquist at Americans for Tax Reform. The pledge asks candidates and incumbents to bind themselves to oppose any and all tax increases.

The promise, made to the American people states the following:

1. Oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and

2. Oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) joined Chambliss in renouncing the pledge he took, telling NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday:

"A pledge you signed 20 years ago, 18 years ago, is for that Congress. For instance, if I were in Congress in 1941, I would have signed a... declaration of war against Japan. I'm not going to attack Japan today. The world has changed. And the economic situation is different."

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) also said on ABC's "This Week" that he is ready to violate the anti-tax pledge:

"I will violate the pledge, long story short, for the good of the country. When you're $16 trillion in debt, the only pledge we should be making to each other is to avoid becoming Greece."

Former GOP Presidential candidate and Arizona Senator, John McCain hinted on "Fox News Sunday" that he is also open to violating the pledge. McCain told host Chris Wallace that while he was strictly against raising marginal tax rates, "[W]e can close a lot of loopholes." He identified the deduction on charitable giving and the home-mortgage deduction, specifically.

Even Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-OH) has said that he is willing to accept "more revenue" as part of a fiscal cliff deal. In a statement given the day after the reelection of Barack Obama, Boehner said, Republicans are willing to accept "new revenue, under the right conditions" to reach a bipartisan agreement.

The question now is: Will the Republicans who took this pledge honor their commitment to the American people, or will they surrender their promise under the guise of doing what is "for the good of the country?"

To quote an ancient Chinese proverb: "In a broken nest, there are few whole eggs."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Government
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1 posted on 11/26/2012 11:55:03 AM PST by CNSNews.com
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poor Grover. End of the gravy train.


2 posted on 11/26/2012 11:58:19 AM PST by babble-on
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To: CNSNews.com

Is ‘doing what is good for the country’ really a guise, or is it just facing reality?


3 posted on 11/26/2012 12:02:45 PM PST by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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I’m starting to wonder if they are also going to reneg on their last recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.


4 posted on 11/26/2012 12:09:21 PM PST by STYRO (Do not accept unconstitutional government as legitimate government.)
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To: STYRO

Yep.

None of these people should ever expect to be trusted on anything again.


5 posted on 11/26/2012 12:12:42 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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Good, it will give us a lot of time to find somebody to run against these RINO’s in the 2014 primary.
6 posted on 11/26/2012 12:14:13 PM PST by apillar
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To: CNSNews.com

With all due respect, the question is NOT whether or not to raise taxes.

Instead, the question is whether:

(1) to raise taxes by default, when the Democrats push America over the “Fiscal Cliff” — which will allow the Democrats to blame the Republicans for causing the economic catastrophe that results, which Obama wants to do —

or

(2) for Republicans to “allow” the Democrats to raise the taxes they say they “need” to “fix” the economy — which will allow Republicans to blame the Democrats for the economic catastrophe that results: “We told them that raising taxes in a recession would make the recession WORSE!”.

Which scenario will produce a better election result for America in 2014?

Ready or not, the 2014 campaign has already started....


7 posted on 11/26/2012 12:15:12 PM PST by pfony1
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To: CNSNews.com
It was reported last week that Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) broke from his conservative colleagues when he stated on WMAZ-TV, "I care more about my country keeping my job in the senate than I do about a 20-year-old pledge."
8 posted on 11/26/2012 12:18:10 PM PST by skeeter
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To: skeeter

Spineless vaginas.


9 posted on 11/26/2012 12:24:54 PM PST by shankbear (The tree of Liberty appears to be perishing because there are few patriots willing to refresh it.)
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Well — elections have consequences.

Oh wait — he was elected on a no tax hike pledge.

Never mind.


10 posted on 11/26/2012 12:24:54 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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OK, so where are the democrats off the “Don’t touch Entitlements” reservation?


11 posted on 11/26/2012 12:28:49 PM PST by AU72
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To: pfony1

I don’t see how option 2 is possible as you know darn well (according to MSM sources who do not wish to be name), ALL problems are due to Rs. All that is good has been crafted by the mind and hands of Lord Obama.


12 posted on 11/26/2012 12:33:21 PM PST by Drill Thrawl (We have crossed the line from independence & liberty to dependency & servitude. We are doomed)
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To: CNSNews.com; Grampa Dave; tubebender; marsh2; dixiechick2000; Ernest_at_the_Beach; NormsRevenge; ...
This is NOT leadership, rather it's cowardice in the face of pressure and evidence of A$$ covering of the lowest order!!!

These guys are barely Republicans without any principles but their own self-agrandizement.

They know full well that spending IS the problem and new higher tax rates will NOT solve THE problem whatsoever!!!

Email any friends, acquaintences or relatives (even business associates) in the jurisdiction these RINO's represent and ask them to help pull the covers on these chicken crap actions... If they haven't got time to call their slimey rep, ask if you can call instead at their request of your friends, acquaintences or relatives.

Always find time and opportunity to express your pleasure with any representative you find standing up to the new/increased taxes/rates as an affront to THE PROBLEM of SPENDING, not too little taxation.

Even non-Tea Party members and supporters know we're Taxed Enough Already and cuts in spending must not be just on the last increase.

We should all be more interested in cutting the budget back to Clinton levels, rather that going back to Clinton taxation levels. There's a huge and far more meaningful difference!!!

13 posted on 11/26/2012 12:35:59 PM PST by SierraWasp (Welcome to the next 50 months of an unprecedebted lame duck session!!!)
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Weak willed wusses.


14 posted on 11/26/2012 12:43:12 PM PST by madison10 (“Obama’s fools and Stalin’s fools share the same drink of illusion.” ~~Pravda)
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We need a major tax cut! Especially in this bad economy.


15 posted on 11/26/2012 12:44:49 PM PST by faithhopecharity (--)
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To: CNSNews.com

I despise all DemocRATS, but I hate most of the Republicrats!


16 posted on 11/26/2012 12:47:08 PM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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I’m surprised it only took three weeks after the election to cave in.


17 posted on 11/26/2012 12:47:39 PM PST by Mr Fuji
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You want Republicans win elections in the future? You want to see Reagan-sized landslides again? Then make people realize that a vote for Democrats comes with a price tag. If Obama wants to raise taxes, let him. This will create what the libs call “a teachable moment”. And if the tax increases are structured in a way that disproportionaly hurts the Democrat constituencies (New York liberals, Hollywood, etc.), so much the better.


18 posted on 11/26/2012 12:49:37 PM PST by tial
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They think that becoming more like Democrats is going to gain them something amongst the 47+%.

I am saying right now that there ain't no way as long as they retain the name Republican. If the RINOs want to save their jobs...look for some of them to switch to Democrat.

...the 47%, ignorant, uneducated and oblivious, are still out there and now that they have proved their numbers, their numbers can only increase.

This will be a great exercise on "separating the sheep from the goats" ...

19 posted on 11/26/2012 1:00:25 PM PST by B.O. Plenty (Give WAR a chance.......)
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To: pfony1

Unfortunately, your post assumes truthful and unbiased reporting of the situation by the media.

We all know it’s STILL Bush’s fault, right?


20 posted on 11/26/2012 1:07:08 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism)
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To: CNSNews.com

Combine this with the facts that Obamacare will remain intact, Susan Rice will be confirmed as SOS, John Kerry as SecDec and Benghazi will ultimately be swept under the rug, the RNC needs to tell us what the hell they stand for.


21 posted on 11/26/2012 1:09:37 PM PST by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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When you're $16 trillion in debt,

And just who put us in that situation?

For the Good of the Country? WOW, just WOW, so heartwarming to know you finally have the Good of the Country in mind now/sarc.

Which only means you never did before. Where in the heck did that "for the Good of the Country" language come from, been reading the DEM playbook?, always worked for them. Why are all you using the same line?

22 posted on 11/26/2012 1:16:06 PM PST by annieokie
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You don’t need a Weatherman to know which way the wind blows.

The Age of Big Government is here to stay. And the Pubbies wanna play too.


23 posted on 11/26/2012 1:19:22 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: pfony1
which will allow Republicans to blame the Democrats for the economic catastrophe that results: “We told them that raising taxes in a recession would make the recession WORSE!”

Obama has destroyed the economy in four years and how did that work out? It's still Bush's fault.....

The inevitable catastrophe will still be the Republicans fault no matter what they do....Hell, they may even blame it on Republican Bunning who was the sole republican who voted for Obamacare thus giving the Democraps a filibuster proof super majority.........

24 posted on 11/26/2012 1:23:06 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon.....)
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I’ve got news for everybody: when you vote to raise spending above revenue levels, you are de facto voting for future tax hikes. So Rethugs have been voting for tax hikes for ages.


25 posted on 11/26/2012 1:24:44 PM PST by LifeComesFirst (http://rw-rebirth.blogspot.com/)
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I’ve got news for everybody: when you vote to raise spending above revenue levels, you are de facto voting for future tax hikes. So Rethugs have been voting for tax hikes for ages.


26 posted on 11/26/2012 1:24:55 PM PST by LifeComesFirst (http://rw-rebirth.blogspot.com/)
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These people are stupid. We don’t need tax increases for the “good of the country”

But Grover is stupid as well. In 2001, he supported the law which raised taxes in 2011. In 2010, he supported the law which raises taxes in 2013.

Now he wants to attack politicians who, seeing a huge tax increase coming in 2013, might vote to reduce the 2013 tax, because they might vote for something that won’t reduce taxes to their current values.

Sorry, the problem was the guys who passed the laws that allowed tax reductions to expire, not the guys who are looking at current political reality and trying to keep taxes as low as possible for as many people as is politically feasable.

Sadly, the result in any case is going to be more people who have too little skin in the game to care about how bad taxes get for the “rich”.

What we really need is tax increases for most people, so they will fight to keep taxes low. But you could never pull that off with Grover in charge.

Grover wants low taxes, and increased government spending in the form of support for massive immigration.


27 posted on 11/26/2012 1:35:33 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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When did we start having freepers who do nothing but post articles, and then never comment on them?


28 posted on 11/26/2012 1:44:19 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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Rat lite being Rat lite. Who would have thunk.


29 posted on 11/26/2012 2:10:29 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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Is any conservative really surprised by this? I'm not. Congressional Republicans have always been wusses and Obama's re-election simply made them show their true colors sooner rather than later. They foolishly believe that if they come out for higher taxes they won't be blamed for the recession/depression that is looming under Obama (no matter how much he raises taxes). Of course, they will be blamed by every Democrat and the MSM and their wimping out now will be completely forgotten as the U.S. economy crashes and burns around them. Fools and cowards, all of them.
30 posted on 11/26/2012 2:17:06 PM PST by Jim Scott
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I've never liked RINO Chambliss, whose only real qualification is "that he looks like a Senator".

We won't forget about this in 2014, Saxby!

31 posted on 11/26/2012 2:23:37 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Remember the Heroic SEALs of Benghazi and DEMAND a Full Accounting!!!!)
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To: apillar
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. That's funny. These are the same douche bags everyone on FR though was going to hold Myth's feet to the fire and make him act conservative. No, no, they won't roll over for another (R); they can't even stand up to _resident Zero.

When will people realize the GOP is dead? It does not and will not ever again have conservative principles (no I am not a Paultard). Replace one (R) with another (R) and by and large they are the same. There are no (R) "in name only." What you call a "RINO" is the definition of a Republican.....traitorous, unprincipled, backstabbing, spineless sack of #h#t.

See Juan McCain, Myth Romney, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, John Boner, Eric Cantor, Chris Christie, and Scott Brown for off the top of my head examples.

32 posted on 11/26/2012 4:31:09 PM PST by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: STYRO

1-never in the history of the world has tax increases made anything better
2-there is not a republican in congress smart enough to negotiate with the rats.
3- easy solution
just say no


33 posted on 11/26/2012 8:53:25 PM PST by genghis
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To: babble-on

Any Republican who votes for one more thin dime in taxes needs to pay with his job, preferably by getting primaried out.


34 posted on 11/26/2012 8:58:19 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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