…..that would be the pledge almost all Republicans have signed committing to not raise taxes.
However, some Republicans, including Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, claim that Norquist really supports a tax code that doles out goodies to favorites and that Norquist’s group defends the status quo.
Norquist is a busy guy—on Tuesday in Annapolis headlining a “good government” rally put on by the House of Delegates Tea Party Caucus and on Wednesday firing back at critics in Washington.
According to Politico:
Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist slammed Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) Wednesday as a Republican who wanted to increase taxes, in response to Wolf’s criticism of Norquist’s anti-tax pledge.
Wolf’s criticism of Norquist went way beyond the pledge.
Norquist has been taking fire from Republicans recently over his long-standing “Taxpayer Protection Pledge.” Only six House Republicans have not signed the pledge, which opposes the increase of taxes or the elimination of tax credits unless matched by further reductions in tax rates.
On Tuesday, Wolf had ripped Norquist for his associations with Fannie Mae, internet gambling and Jack Abramoff, a lobbyist convicted for fraud. Wolf also took on Norquist’s pledge, saying that it was the Moveon.org of the right and “paralyzing” to the deficit reduction process.
Does Norquist help pick tax winners and losers?
During the previous hour, before Norquist’s segment on Wednesday, conservative Senator Tom Coburn also took a swipe at Norquist’s Americans Tax Reform.
“One of the reasons we’re having trouble creating a dynamic economy now… is the tax code, that’s loaded with tax earmarks that are defended by groups like ATR that think that’s just fine where you have winners and losers,” said Coburn.
Time for a simplified tax code don’t you think?
By the way, those of you who like to pore over numbers might want to have a look at ATR’s most recent available Form 990, here (2009). The multi-million dollar a year organization had only one “key employee” prior to 2008—Grover Norquist. The question remains—who has been funding ATR (and Norquist) for the last 25 years?
Addendum: For some reason this post that I wrote in February about Grover Norquist telling the Soros publication “Think Progress” that Islam was completely compatible with the US Constitution continues to stay on the most read posts list here at PTPR.