By Jason Sattler

Another Republican Senator Rejects Norquist’s Tax Pledge

November 23, 2012 2:19 pm Category: Memo Pad, Politics 114 Comments A+ / A-
Another Republican Senator Rejects Norquist’s Tax Pledge

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) has declared that he’s willing to vote for higher taxes, defying Grover Norquist’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge and risking a primary challenge.

“I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge,” Chambliss told local Georgia news station WMAZ.

Norquist has enforced his pledge by vowing to defeat any Republican who votes for higher taxes. Chambliss is up for re-election in 2014.

“But I don’t worry about that because I care too much about my country. I care a lot more about it than I do Grover Norquist,” said Chambliss.

In the last congress, a total of 238 members of the House of Representatives signed the pledge, 236 Republicans and 2 Democrats. At least 41 sitting senators also have signed it, giving them enough votes to effectively filibuster any tax increase.

Adherence to the pledge has come to define the modern Republican Party. When George H.W. Bush violated his promise to not raise taxes, it was a factor in his defeat in 1992. Republicans then cut taxes drastically in 2001 and 2003. In 2009, Americans paid the lowest tax rates in 30 years, which helped create a record deficit. Chambliss has been working in the so-called Gang of Six with another Republican Norquist-critic, Senator Tom Coburn, on a deal that would dramatically cut the deficit through spending cuts, entitlement reforms and some tax increases.

Former Florida governor and possibly 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush has said that he’d be willing to raise taxes in order to substantially cut the deficit. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) recently said, “fewer and fewer people are signing this, quote, pledge.” Influential Fox News commentator Bill Kristol shocked Fox viewers with the unorthodox view that raising taxes on millionaires “won’t kill the country.”

The question of taxes illuminates the challenge the GOP faces.

In one way, the party is as powerful as ever, with complete control over 24 state governments and a House of Representatives that’s perfectly gerrymandering districts to give them control at least through 2020. However, on the state and national levels, the image of being unwilling to compromise and downright hostile to women and minorities led to a blown chance to win the Senate and a minimum eight-year exile from the White House.

In most polls, 6 out of 10 voters favor raising taxes on the rich.

The president and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have both said that any deal to avoid going off the so-called fiscal cliff will have to involve higher rates for incomes over $250,000. This would directly violate the Taxpayer Pledge.

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  • nobsartist

    ANYONE that would sign ANYTHING created by someone that uses ‘poopyhead” in a sentence should be ridiculed and ignored.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/RCZFC5EWOXMNSWPUOXGEXKBW5Y ibincuft

      It would be much better to wait until the newly elected Congress is installed before proceeding with current matters. Delay would do no harm, and more grownups would then be involved in these matters

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Sehler/100000396279499 John Sehler

      Who needs terrorist when we have Norquist.

  • kanawah

    Mussolini could be substituted for Norquist, with no change.

  • imabrummie

    What I (and no doubt many others) would like to know is “WHO THE HELL IS THIS CRETIN NORQUIST WHO ISN’T EVEN AN ELECTED OFFICIAL TO DICTATE POLICY OF ANY KIND, LET ALONE A POLICY WHICH WILL IMPACT THE FINANCES OF THE UNITED STATES????” Then again, who is the bigger cretin here, Norquist or those who would sign such a pledge?

    • johninPCFL

      He controls the money, so he buys the votes.

      • Eleanore Whitaker

        Not quite. He only influences where the richest men in the US spend their money regarding politics. Norquist isn’t the billionaire that Charles and David Koch are. He just knows how to schmooze them and get them to funnel their money where it appears is in their, not our, country’s best interests. It’s always been about a rich class of men desperate to turn government into America, Inc.

      • http://emofordino.livejournal.com/ uncanari

        Before this past election, I may have believed that, but despite the obscene amounts of money that the GOP pushed into its candidates in the 2012 election, they still lost many crucial races, including the presidency. I don’t the Tea Party and other extreme right-wing conservatives have the power they think they have anymore. And with 6 in 10 Americans agreeing that taxes need to be raised on the wealthy, I’m not sure Norquist will be able to guarantee that those who break their “promise” will not be re-elected.

        It may just be wishful thinking on my part, though. It will be interesting to see what happens.

      • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

        LOL But It Did Not Work To Good For Him This Time Around!!! LOL

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HFYZP2APYPP7H6PWS2ZDQRWFEQ Hillbilly

      Norquist is a former lobbyist that should have been sent to prison like his partner Jack Abraham was. He has big money backing him and his pledge book.

      • imabrummie

        Many thanks for the information. For as long as I have taken an interest in US Politics, and have heard the name of this evil individual, I have wondered who (or should I say what) he (it) is. Can’t help but agree with what you say re: his being sent to the big house. What would be the penalty, I wonder, for trying to buy the United States Government?

        • Jmz Warren-Nesky

          An unprecedented 30-years to life in prison (and not some white collar country club in his case).

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B6RROC4IUESHT322QS5VJVPYRM Lynda

        I believe you actually meant to say Jack Abramoff the lobby guy who took the fall.

      • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

        This Mafia Thug Has No Business Trying To Strong Arm Nobody You Right He’s Needs To Be Put In Jail Along With Bush And Cheney!!!

  • jazznj

    WHO are the 2 idiot Democrats that signed this pledge???

    • johninPCFL

      Red staters facing election challenges, I’d bet.

  • ococoob

    Good for Chambliss. Now there’s somebody, unlike the other WIMPS, no matter what political stripe, has the GUTS, COURAGE, and BALLS to stick to his convictions here! I applaud!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/H-Dennis-Allen/1553962371 H Dennis Allen

      Only because of the results of this last election and the fact that he’s up for re-election in 2014. No, a Lepoard won’t change his spots. Chambliss is only looking out for no.1.

      • ococoob

        You’re right, H. Dennis Allen! I still applaud him, however, it doesn’t mean I would vote for him though. I just wish a lot more of those WIMPS would muster up the courage to do what he did.

    • CBid13

      Well, Sen. Chambliss can safely say whatever the heck he wants to -it doesn’t matter, the majority of voters in Georgia will send him back to Washington because it’s almost a solid Red state in every way… There’s rarely even any challengers (of either party) who attempt to unseat a Republican incumbent in Georgia because it’s not worth their time, effort, or ,most importantly, trying to raise and then essentially wasting the huge amount of cash that would be required to successfully even begin to mount a campaign to challenge them. Congressmen who are in the House races are only mildly less secure in Georgia, as gerrymandering almost ensures incumbency and threatens to unseat the few seats the Democrats are able to maintain or, very rarely, steal…

      But, one of the most telling things about Sen. Chambliss’s seemingly “country before party” stance is that Republicans still hold the power of the filibuster, which allows any of them to say whatever they like while knowing their colleagues are willing to step up to the plate and squash any legislation they see fit to…

      • ococoob

        I agree with you about the infamous filibuster. The Senate, or I should say, we the people, should get rid of that filibister rule. All it does is hold us “hostage” and promotes GRIDLOCK!

  • http://www.facebook.com/christine.karlovich Christine Karlovich

    DorkQuist Is also a Bohemian Grover Boy

  • blueclouds123

    At last the Republican party is coming to its senses. Hopefully more republicans will stop being afraid of Norquist and take care of the middle and lower class. The upper class takes very good care of itself, thank you very much. Republicans do not be afraid of Norquist, be afraid of the voting public. Who is Norquist anyway, does he have magical powers to punish the republicans if they do not stand by him? I do not understand his power over the Republicans. The two Democrats who signed the pledge, shame on you.

  • geoelb

    About time the Repubs show loyalty to our country “I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge,” Chambliss told local Georgia news station WMAZ.
    Let’s hope this starts a new wave of common sense in congress.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/H-Dennis-Allen/1553962371 H Dennis Allen

      Don’t believe everything he says. Where has he been for the last 2 years ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

    If the GOP continues to embrace the socio-economic agenda espoused by Mr. Norquist it will stop being a viable alternative within the next 5 to 10 years. Right and left wing extremism are unacceptable to most Americans. They either move to the center-right, without abandoning their core values, or they are finished.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=723248835 John Amado

      The Republican party is the 21st century Whig Party (but quite possibly the Know Nothings).

  • jazz92

    I guess getting the a big victory for the Democrats and President in this election has proven to be a wake up call to the Republicans. It seems that sometimes that s what it takes! American spoke in a way they heard it! I think there will be a good out come and these will get really rolling again!

    • 101strac

      I’d like to believe they heard the wake up call, I really would. But I’ve read so much
      idiotic commentary by republican blockheads, that I’ve come to the conclusion, they’re incapable of rational thought. That party depends on the slow of mind, and the ultra-greedy among us for votes. Unfortunately the former is found in overwhelming numbers in the Southern, and some of the midwestern states. Trying to get those people to see the larger picture is fruitless. They follow the lead of limbaugh, hannity, and all the rest of those microphone wielding miscreants. The Democratic Party’s best chance of a continuation of intelligent actions and decisions emanating from the White House may well require those Republicans who have witnessed the takeover of their party by extremists, making this country’s voting day look third world, to take action in 2014 to rid Congress of these very same extremists. I’ll believe that will happen, when I see it happen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.benefiel.77 Robert Benefiel

    Let the Republicans stick to their guns and see how that works out for them at the next election. Go over the cliff and watch the Republicans run over the cliff with the budget and the American citizens chasing them with pitchforks and torches.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/BEKQKDHQCDR7CNBD46XHTJWT4Q James

      This will happen because there will be no money to pay for the free stuff.

      • turtlewoman1039

        I’m college educated, worked through high school and through all of my adult life, thus paying taxes all these years, still paying taxes from my 2 jobs.

        Guess who qualifies to not pay fed taxes? People who earn so little that their meager earnings don’t qualify for fed tax.

        And as for the robme’s ’47%’…
        I spent several months visiting in UT with his mormon faithful. One full-time wage earner – traditional mormon marriage – plus 5, 6 or more children, and at tax time they have no fed tax due. Look at the deductions for a couple, plus each of those children. Throw in the charity deduction for their tithing, and many of them simply do not pay fed taxes. And since I was there for quite a while, I heard about how they used the subsidized clinics for their children’s vaccinations, not because they didn’t have health coverage, but because it was cheaper. The friend with whom I attended HS in the east qualified for WIC, used the vouchers every week, and put the money that they saved into their vacation account. Everyone knew the accommodating OB/GYN who’d induce labor at the end of Dec if you were due soon after 01 Jan – get that tax deduction now. And everyone of them votes republican, because, you know OTHER PEOPLE DON’T PAY TAXES AND THOSE OTHER PEOPLE GAME THE SYSTEM.

  • jazz92

    Grover is OVER! Go home Grover!

  • lancesharpe

    So how long was he disloyal to the country any time at all spent as grocers bitch is to long!

  • http://www.facebook.com/clarence.swinney Clarence Swinney

    SIMPLE SAYS SIMPLE SOLUTIONS
    1. Fed Fund Campaigns—6 months-3 primary-3 general–
    free equal tv time—debate a week =12=adequate to evaluate candidates.
    No $$$—personal or outside.
    2. Since there will be not need to campaign for $$$$ outlaw any gift to a member of the government that has a monetary value. Bye Bye K St Bribery.

    3. Progressive effective flat tax by group.
    Start a new tax book. A shame we rank #3 as Least taxed in oecd nations. In 2009, we taxed 11.06% of Total AGI.
    Of course, we borrowed 1400 Billion. Clarence swinney disgusted

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Colleen-Klemp/100002683878543 Colleen Klemp

    It’s about time the RIGHTIES see the light & quit being the STUPID Party. I’m sure that there are some good people who carry the Republician brand that are tired of being held hostage by NORQUIST.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/H-Dennis-Allen/1553962371 H Dennis Allen

      If that’s true, why haven’t they spoken out ? They have let the Tea Party dominate them so long they don’t know how to work across the aisle. Lets get them out and get fresh blood in there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joan.wallace.33 Joan Wallace

    I certainly don’t know who Grover Norquist thinks he is but any Senator or Representative be it Republican or Democrate should never be relected to representate the American citizens. Every one of these congressmen and women work for “WE THE PEOPLE” not for Grover Norquist.

    All these senators and representatives on the Norquist pledge are a big part of the reason things are not getting done in congress, but these congressmen and women are like a herd of lemmings, so far they have followed Norquist over the cliff into the sea of fools.

  • RNPRN

    Let all the Bush taxes expire, then Obama can do his own tax plan. If the Republicans try to obstruct it, vote them out in 2014. Obama has the wedge with the recent election, the American people are sick and tired of Republicans throwing them under the bus, just because they don’t like Obama. They wanted to make him a one term president, the American people have spoken.! PERIOD!

    • Edward Welsh

      Better yet, let’s tell Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana, that they will be allowed to leave the Union. In fact, we insist. That gets rid of eight wack-job senators and a slew of congressmen. It will also greatly reduce the deficit, since those states are four of the worst mouchers. And if Texas wants to join them–and pay their bills–good!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=723248835 John Amado

        You forgot Georgia and West Florida.

      • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

        You left out the Bible Belt…

  • TZToronto

    Here’s the oath of office administered to members of the House of Representatives and the Senate:
    “I, (name of Member), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.” . . . Nothing there about Norquist or even pledges about other things.

    Putting a pledge to made to a private citizen ahead of the best interests of the country is a violation of the oath of office (supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic). Norquist, if he favors economic catastrophe over raising taxes, is a domestic enemy.

    • Lovefacts

      I’ve always felt the Republicans who put a pledge to an individual or party ahead of their oath of office and the Constitution were unfit for the office they serve. This type of action is the surest way to lose freedom because these cowards are incapable of upholding the Constitution.

    • roseviolet

      I’ve long thought that anyone who signed his (Norquist’s) pledge should be brought up on charges of AT MINIMUM violation of their oath of office and more like something in the realm of treason or sedition since they’ve sworn to hold that “pledge” and what’s in it (along with related other partisan rot) at a higher level of urgency and allegiance than their duties as members of our House and Senate such as working towards figuring out a FUNCTIONAL budget and tax structure that works for EVERYONE (as opposed to just the richest and top businesses). I’ve particularly wondered how it hasn’t happened (though considering how beholden both parties are to corporations and those with lots of money, I’m not totally surprised) after how obvious it is that the whole “no new taxes, no way, no how” thing doesn’t work to “grow the economy” or to “trickle money down” as the right has promised since Reagan. Looks like it’s time to seriously do something about ethics (and perhaps procedures) in both houses of Congress once Norquist’s pledge is totally broken so there’s no way this can happen again and if someone tries it at least the others will have the necessary political and ethical will to STOP it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6SJHIXTNUI3LGFCQAL4BMUCCTY Theresa R

    Norquist also said that he would defeat the President in this past election, with money, did he succeed? Ummmm NO !

  • 19ellie34

    Everyone who lives in the USA should help with the debt. If everyone paid a base Federal income tax of $120.00 a year it would raise approximately 37.56 billion ( $120.00 x 313 million people … anyone with better numbers please change) a year. The rest of the tax structure would remain the same until it gets overhauled . 1000 billion equal a trillion … it would certainly help make a dent … and everyone who lives here needs to be involved even if you are on welfare. Ten dollars a month … remember that which you get for nothing is worth nothing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bruce.kogan Bruce Kogan

    Just another example of someone retreating from a policy of never say never.

  • John Gumhold

    I don’t know what legally constitutes treason insofar as the Constitution is concerned, but I believe that any elected official who signs and adheres to a pledge to outside forces is committing treason and should be prosecuted as a traitor.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BEKQKDHQCDR7CNBD46XHTJWT4Q James

    Hey all non tax paying clones, don’t cry when there are no rich tax payers to pay for your freebees.

    • turtlewoman1039

      I’m college educated, worked through high school and through all of my adult life, thus paying taxes all these years, still paying taxes from my 2 jobs.

      Guess who qualifies to not pay fed taxes? People who earn so little that their meager earnings don’t qualify for fed tax.

      And as for the robme’s ’47%’…
      I spent several months visiting in UT with his mormon faithful. One full-time wage earner – traditional mormon marriage – plus 5, 6 or more children, and at tax time they have no fed tax due. Look at the deductions for a couple, plus each of those children. Throw in the charity deduction for their tithing, and many of them simply do not pay fed taxes. And since I was there for quite a while, I heard about how they used the subsidized clinics for their children’s vaccinations, not because they didn’t have health coverage, but because it was cheaper. The friend with whom I attended HS in the east qualified for WIC, used the vouchers every week, and put the money that they saved into their vacation account. Everyone knew the accommodating OB/GYN who’d induce labor at the end of Dec if you were due soon after 01 Jan – get that tax deduction now. And everyone of them votes republican, because, you know OTHER PEOPLE DON’T PAY TAXES AND THOSE OTHER PEOPLE GAME THE SYSTEM.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/H-Dennis-Allen/1553962371 H Dennis Allen

      James, I seen a couple of your post on here and I just have to ask, We’re you born stupid or did you have to work hard to get that way ?

    • idamag

      James, and all the other teaqaedas, I have worked since I was 17. I retired at 68 and still volunteer teach. I am not a Democrat, but I voted for Obama because I am so tired of all the hateful rhetoric and lies. Among the Democrats, I know, I find a lot more varied ideas than the teahads.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IV74DGLCXHMSRZYGZIDANUSTGI frank v

    When one man has so mush power over our government there is a problem . And when a person is more concern about getting re-elected then his country it’s clear we have the wrong people in congress . That’s why we need a limit on the amount of time someone is allow to stay in congress . If they are limited to 8 years max I believe they will be more concern about getting things done then worrying about getting re-elected .

  • Indiucky01

    Every President and Congressman is required to take an oath to defend the Constitution. As a part of his/her oath a Congressman also states, “I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion.”

    If a Congressman signs a pledge with any individual or organization to perform (or not perform) certain acts while in office, is that a violation of his/her oath of office?

  • sambilano

    There may be good Republicans who understands the arithmetic,the common maths.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Asffdsda-Sddsas-Sadsaasd/516313365 Asffdsda Sddsas Sadsaasd

    Anyone who signs “Norquist’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge” or any other pledge should instantly be impeached for putting party interest ahead of the country.

  • Indiucky01

    Every President and Congressman is required to take an oath to defend the Constitution. As a part of his/her oath a Congressman also states, “I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion.”

    If a Congressman signs a pledge with any individual or organization to perform (or not perform) certain acts while in office, is that a violation of his/her oath of office?

    • idamag

      You know, Indi, you have a valid point there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dianrib Diane Ribbentrop

    Akins Mourdoch Joe Walsh / GOP Got their A$$ ‘s kicked I am tickled . Call me a recovering GOP voter . This Bagger -far right- extreme GOP is another animal all together They are greedy nasty – il informed …many are racist.. old coots who do not care one iota about USA -jobs or its people as long as Obama lost Well… That scheme along with Rove’s – Kochs Trumps billions failed big time !!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dianrib Diane Ribbentrop

    YES YES YES IT IS

  • http://www.facebook.com/dianrib Diane Ribbentrop

    Good or just got whipped

  • http://www.facebook.com/dianrib Diane Ribbentrop

    You have fallen for the GOP lies .. That freebee line is just a GOP scam to make libs and cons hate each other Truth is Wall St banks AIG GOldman Foreign banks got the Freebees / WELFARE NOT us . SS Medicare are NOT freebees They are Earned benefits.. Most folks on medicaid are kids ,mentally ill, handicapped and old folks in nursing homes who spent all the cash they had.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dianrib Diane Ribbentrop

    Very well said Thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/jack.duffy.359 Jack Duffy

    Congress can pledge to me. I don’t know exactly what I want but as soon as I think of something I will let Congress know!

  • pleiku1965

    Any and all who signed his pledge should be fired. (voted out of office) Money never bought the Republicans a President this time around.

    Why should congress people turn their voting power over to that scumbag?

  • susiep44

    Norquist’s secret pledge and identity has been blown at last. We are talking about a man who has never been a public servant but feels his money gives him the right to make policy. It is time the REAL patriots in the congress tell him what he can do with his money (pay his fair share of taxes!)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5LCXMWHFPRMEYD4RWN56QE2FF4 Grunge45

    If it were up Norquist, all of the U.S. budget would go to the military, and the government would have to pay millionaires for the jobs they create. Just another super greedy, almost traitorous, guy with money.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MHGG5VSCP346T6ZY5FKRVL2HTA wizard

    The GOP is waiting to go over the fiscal cliff, and have taxes revert to pre-Bush days. Then they can re-instate some tax breaks on the middle class, and say they never agreed to “raise taxes”.

  • http://twitter.com/PrittyBrains Pritty.Brains

    What I would like to know is how they can get away with gerrymandering as often as they do? I would think that’s illegal. And how do we get around that gerrymandering to put them out of action long before 2020? What kind of ploys can the dems come up with to get around this, so we can have a majority in both houses, 2014?

  • patuxant

    TSK!TSK! How in the world did all of these folks in Congress allow this lobbyist to pledge felity to him versus the Constitution and the people who voted for them? He needs to get run out on a rail! Hope more like Chambliss stand up to this BS! And I see where his wife is a Muslim. I have no issue with that but the knife should cut both ways, right?

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.blankenship.779 Robert Blankenship

    Why should anyone be afraid of goober nurdquist? ……nazi tax pervert?

    Congresspersons should be ashamed if they have signed on to this twerp’s tax pledge.

    He should be wiped from the face of the earth…..as one would wipe feces from one’s ass.

  • http://www.facebook.com/zenda.watford Zenda Watford

    Republicans are killing their party by listening to this man , who does he think he is ? IF THE REPUBLICANS KEEP THIS UP THEY WILL ALL BE VOTED OUT !

  • dalnb

    I believe as more elected Republican representatives from the Senate and the House decide it is time to put America above party and turn their backs on Mitch McConnell, Karl Rove, Norquest and the Tea Party we will see the two parties start doing the things we expect elected representatives to do.
    The Republican Party has stood in the way of ANY national recovery for the past four years. Continuing to block efforts to get us out of the mess we are in, following the McConnell’s and Roves’ and letting sniveling Norquest lead them around has allowed the Republicans to block any National Recovery!

  • Nomoresmoke

    Do you think they have a real cool secret handshake to go along with that pledge. Do they swap blood too? Man I’d love to sit in on one of their meetings and learn how to avoid paying taxes. That’s what these poor ass Missourian Republican wanna-bees think about.

  • William Deutschlander

    Grover Norquist should be tried as a TRAITOR !

  • Nomoresmoke

    From Warren Buffett:
    On taxes, the economy, and his role as a political figure. Buffett says that if you look at the most recent year, aggregate both payroll and income taxes, and then take the people with the 400 highest incomes in the U.S., they average $270 million each — and of those, about 140 pay tax rates less than 15%, and about 30 pay less than 10%.

    “I would say when we’re asking for shared sacrifice, and we’re making promises on Social Security … I’d make sure we [are] taxed in a way that’s commensurate with how we earned,” he says.

    Buffett recognizes this isn’t a popular view in some corners. A later questioner, who has an 84-year-old relative who won’t invest in Berkshire because of Buffett’s tax-related activism, asked whether Berkshire’s stock would rise more if he were a less political figure. Buffett dismissed the impact of his politics on the company’s share prices.

    “It’s fine if people disagree with us,” Buffett says. “It sounds to me that if that 84-year-old man is making a decision on his investment based upon his politics, he belongs on Fox.”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZYLS3QMN3LXPGQNQHSSR5Y4YDA Lee

    Norquist is a nobody, not an elected nor appointed official, he just has a big ego like windbag Limbaugh. He is a right wing extremist and he is one, if not the main reason for gridlock, and thus the defeat of the Republican Party. He, not Romney, cost the Republicans the elections. It’s time to kick his ass towards the sidelines.

  • ExPAVIC

    How Dumb

    The old, old, used up GOP has just recently got their butts kicked in an election they were “supposed” to win. Still they want to give tax breaks to the rich (Republicans) who want the money to spend on expensive foreign cars they can park next to their country clubs.

    If the GOP keeps up with outdated, outlandish demands, they won’t be around for the next presidential election thus saving the public from exposure to their moronic statements about the rich paying more than their share and how the trickle down economy works according to them.

  • jetfuel4

    I’m a conservative and disagree with just about everything here and I can’t even stand this turd.

  • charlo66

    This is the typical jerk who has put the american dream in in the toilet for the passed 4 years, get rid of him & the Tea Party rich, I just care about my pocket book, screw everyone, so I can fill my bank account .. You have to know them .. I live in Utah

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HFYZP2APYPP7H6PWS2ZDQRWFEQ Hillbilly

    Does anyone know who the two Democrats are that signed Norquist’s book? I thought only Republicans were asked to sign. We need the Democrats name so they can be replaced with Democrats that represent the people that elected them not Norquist.

  • Johntheoldguy

    Grover carers only about Grover. He could not give a damn about the USA.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bruce.barnes.313 Bruce Barnes

    Grover may have to find another job soon. Who wants to hire a crazy man?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q3VYZUZLUAYKGNECAARZAFL7IY george

    Norquest and his cronies need to tared and feathered and run out of this country. What a bunch of moronic self centered jackasses.

  • marrieah

    If taxes are raised for those making $250,000 a year, the world will not come to an end. I saw this Norquist guy on Sixty Minutes….he came accross as a smug asshole. I wouldn’t have signed such an aggreement as things and situations change, but he threaten not to support an lawmakers reelection if they broke the ‘pledge’. Fine, don’t take his money. The pricetag might be to much to be considered a bargain.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GGHNYPK4GNCRYZLXWVZ447WHJM Plznnn

    YAYYY, let’s raise taxes! Let’s keep raising taxes and spending money! Yayyyy!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BSAZIAYDZ7NKJ4PIBL2LDN5QLM PM

    He IS NOT done or over at all. Why the hell isn’t ROVE gone? American’s are way too stupid to get rid of these losers. Seriously, how can even suggest this when ROVE/Bush/Cheney almost got into the White House again? How stupid are we? In case you forgot already, ROVE is still running the party and was all over the Romney campaign. Wake up to the stupidity of our Republican and many independent voters!!!! Thank you.

  • bstockinger

    When did a pledge to this Norquist guy become more important than the pledge that each Congressman and Senator takes to defend and protect the United States? Norquist seems to have more power than anyone else in the country.

  • MsWatching

    Finally. Someone who can finally THINK FOR HIMSELF!!!!! Thank you Senator Chambliss for growing a pair.

  • http://www.facebook.com/harley.gibson1 Harley Gibson

    I am a retired civil service employee from Michigan who lives in one of the 24 enumerated states where the House, the Senate, the governor (and, quite frankly the State Superme Court) are all republican majorities. Despite the claims to the contrary, at least in MI, our tax cut motto seems to be rather selective. In 2011 Michigan initiated a tax on pensioners. There went my disposable money for holiday gifts for my grand children and my regular visit to my local coffee house and other “frivolous” expenditures. In 2012 this same bunch also doubled the out of pocket portion of retiree’s health insurance. That’s a car payment. These increases mean that I now receive around three grand a year less than when I retired. Had I been able to look into the future and known this would happen I would have changed my retirement plan accordinglyin anticipation of these charges against my pension. Before this republican administration came on board, I had pretty cartefully budgeted out my living expences. 3,000 dollars is agreat deal of money to extract from a pensioner, especially when these are levied by republicans who crow about how in favor they are of reducing taxes. The deal – - the contract – - that I entered into with the state has been clearly reneged by this administration. Supposedly these costs were incurred as part of a larger plan to cut taxes on business. That three grand basically means no more movies, no more trips, no more meals out. And, say whatever you want to think about me (as far as I am concerned I have robbed), I’ll have my satisfaction and will hopefully find a part time job to regain this lost income. But beside the grand hypocricy of my GOP leader’s tax philosphy, the other side of this coin is that these are dollars not only lost to me but are dollars which will no longer be in circulation in my community. And at the national level, the Bush tax cuts are another GOP fraud. These tax hawks went to war and at the same time cut taxes! You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that that wount work. Mr. Romney in his stump speeches talked about a decline in so-called middle income earners trying to blame the president for this condition. The reality is that much of the loss on individual income can be traced to republican policies at the state level. And finally. going back to the Norqist pledge, our lawmaker’s responsibility is not supposed to be to him but to the Constitution and the People.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/H-Dennis-Allen/1553962371 H Dennis Allen

    A lot of the Republican Congressmen and Senators will be changing their minds about the pledge to Norquist after this last election. I predicted this months ago, because I’am one of the little people and didn’t like the way the Tea Party controlled House was conducting business. They were doing nothing but obstructing the President’s efforts to get the economy moving in the right direction. Now a lot of them are coming up for re-election and with a favorable rating of about 13% they’re worried about their jobs. Once the elections in 2014 are over, who’s to say that they won’t go back to the same-o, same-o ? I think a lot of them will lose their seats again in this election of 2014.

    • 101strac

      I hope you are right H Dennis Allen. But I believe People have a tendancy to forget. I further believe that, in the months leading up to the 2014 election, people have to be reminded daily on this web site and others, of the events which took place in this Presidential campaign at the hands of the extremist republicans. In some areas we were looking very much like a third world country at the polls. When in your life have you ever been witness to the likes of that. I won’t feel satisfied until those extremist republicans no longer hold a seat in Congress.

  • Landsende

    How did Norquist get so powerful that elected officials are afraid of him and who is providing the money to carry out his threats to defeat any republican that signs his pledge if they disobey? Could it possibly be the Koch brothers?

    • idamag

      Landsende, do you think if you made a pledge and took it to Washington to be signed by legislators, you would get that many signatures?

      • Landsende

        idamag
        No, one person doesn’t have the power to influence legislators unless they are a billionaire but as we saw with the defeat of Romney/Ryan the voters have the power to defeat big money influences by voting these traitors that signed Norquist’s pledge out of office in 2014.

  • idamag

    Norquist made the Republican Party a party of humanoids who were programmed to do what he said. They must not have any pride or they would have objected to being told how to vote. Maybe, some of them are getting a conscience or just afraid of the next election.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PMVMZMDLRQL3TRK5RNOHJVZPHU stoptheinsanity

    Any Congresspersons who signs the Norquist pledge show that they are more beholden to lobbyists than the Constitution and more interested in their reelection than doing the will of the American people. They allow themselves to be held hostage by the Norquist threats and this sword of Damocles that he has hanging over their heads. It takes real courage and guts, like Senator Chambliss has demonstrated through his statement, to stand up to these political hostage-takers and extortioners.

  • http://twitter.com/no2l The Geezer

    YES! …

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GYX6DJXYJ6YIKJJXVFC2K4RUCU MollyBee

    Grover Norquist should be on the FBI ‘most wanted’ list. Much like Hitler, he found a ‘theme’ that sounded OK but was highly destructive and evil. Then he took it and ran with it and stashed away his personal fortune. And, does ANYONE think he has the best interests of our COUNTRY in mind? NOT! Send him packing and all of those ‘scaredy cat’ Reps and Sens that have stuck with him for years.

  • copperhead222

    This pledge is a violation of the oath of office and the US Constitution Art. I, Sec.8 and the XVI amendment, sec. 3, which requires the congress to lay and collect taxes, duties, impost and excises and to lay and collect taxes on incomes, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States. It also violates Amendment XIV, sec 4, which provides that the validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law shall not be questioned. Check out Norquist’ Islamic terrorists’ connections and ask yourselves, “why would so many elected members of our Congress align themselves with such a person?” Every one of these pledge signers should be impeached and run out of town, and Norquist should be tried for treason.

    • Progressive Patriot

      I’m with you!

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    There are those in this country who laugh at conspiracy and pretend it just can’t, can’t, can’t be true. Until you dig into the history of Grover Norquist and Karl Rove. Neither of these two would dare run for the presidency. Ask yourselves why. If they are so controlling of the Republican party up to and including influencing how GOP Senators and Congressmen vote on legislation, what is keeping these two relic frat bois from running for political office?

    It was Rove and Norquist, two former members of the Young Republicans fraternity who attempted to remove President Clinton by some barely believable, trumped up WhitewaterGate BS. These two political bullies had it out for Clinton from the time they discovered that a young college boy from humble roots and a single parent family dared, dared dared to achieve his goal of Rhodes Scholar. From that day on, Rove and Norquist, went after Clinton and everything he did with a vengence. And all for the same reason…he didn’t play their way. And what pray tell is the Norquistian/Rovian way? Pander to the elite 1% and make sure they turn the US into the serfdom they feel their inferiors should be.

    It was always Norquist who schmoozed and sweet talked the richest men in the US…Charles and David Koch, Murdoch and others. What say you all about a gang of rich bois who want your payroll deductions to become Worry Free Wall Street? What say you of rich bois who believe to their marrow they are the superior class in the US? Believe what they want, it’s an illusion. Always has been, always will be. They put their pants on like we all do…one leg at a time.

    Norquist and Rove hide their past well. It’s buried by their ultra-right wing radical media moguls like Murdoch. Because, hiding truth no matter what one chooses to believe to the contrary is conspiracy against the great unwashed masses Norquist and Rove believe we all are.

    • Progressive Patriot

      Eleanore, you are so right! So glad you are on the job! I’ll be looking to learn more from you.

      What do you suggest we do?

  • msrita

    Here is another one who bites the dust. Not drinking the Kool-Aide.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ford-Truck/100003735221640 Ford Truck

    During the latest elections, the polls and news agencies (with the exception of Fox News) reported that even among Republican VOTERS, the majority favor raising taxes on the rich.

    We can have all kinds of arguments about where, what, and how much to cut spending, but it seems clear that raising taxes is the necessary first step.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BLQ7ZDKND2DBJWMCD4BSI4GPVM JPS

    This GOP-led 112th House of Representatives in Congress has already been rated as the “least productive since Herbert Hoover days”. It’s the Republicons who conspired to undermine the Obama presidency from it’s first day. The plot to obstruct, to filibuster, to block, and oppose his actions at every turn was hatched on inauguration night Jan 20, 2009 at a private dinner organized by Frank Luntz. Paul Ryan was in attendance. The Republicons basically went on strike the night Obama was inaugurated. The Republicons had agreed on a way forward: Show united and unyielding opposition to the president’s economic policies. Newt Gingrich was quoted as saying “This begins the seeds of 2012, we are going to block him… the one commitment is to stop the re-election of this president”. A year later this was confirmed by Mitch McConnell who said ‘The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” Newt Gingrich confirms meeting took place in an interview with Al Sharpton on June 12, 2012.
    Since then, the obstructionist Republicon-controlled house have filibustered everything, invoking the 60 vote majority rule in the Senate more times during this session than any Congress in history.
    The Republicons blocked more than 60 Obama appointees forcing many agencies to operate without proper leadership.
    The Republicons have repeatedly moved the goalpost.
    The Republicons falsely campaigned on a platform of “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs” in 2010. Once in office, all their talk about jobs evaporated. For they are only concerned with abortion issues, tax cuts for the rich,and grabbing back the whitehouse.
    The Republicans have introduced 46 bills on abortion, 113 bills on religion, 73 bills on family relationships, 36 bills on marriage, 72 bills on firearms, 604 bills on taxation, 467 bills on government investigation, 33 attempts to repeal Obamacare, AND BLOCKED THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT.
    The Republicons unaminously voted against the economic stimulus, yet they fell all over themselves to make it to ribbon cuttings, taking credit when projects funded by the stimulus start turning over dirt. Paul Ryan requested funds.
    The Republicon Governors are firing teachers, firefighters and police officers, attacking public sector workers thru union busting for what they falsely claim the need to balance their budgets.
    The Senate Republicons blocked the “Bring Jobs Home Act”, ending the tax breaks companies get when they send our jobs out of the country — and giving a few breaks to companies that hire here. protecting companies that outsource jobs!
    The Republicons blocked 3 million jobs that would have been created with the “American Jobs Act” in August, 2011.
    The Republicons filibustered of the “Small Business Tax Credit” that would have created one million jobs.
    The Senate Republicons filibustered the ” Veteran’s Jobs Corps Act of 2012″ that four of their own members co-authored and that was already paid for, turning their backs on our war veterans coming home.
    The Republicons all eagerly signed a lifetime pledge to one man, Grover Norquist, to never raise any taxes at any time, under any circumstances, conflicting with their oath of office to defend the Constitution. In the last congress, a total of 238 members of the House of Representatives signed the pledge, 236 Republicans and 2 Democrats. At least 41 sitting senators also have signed it, giving them enough votes to effectively filibuster any tax increase
    The Republicons held the economy hostage in a manufactured debt ceiling crisis that caused the nation’s credit rating to be lowered for the first time in history. Standard & Poors directly attributed the downgrade to REPUBLICANS and their no tax agenda. Republicans turned down an offer of $10 spending cuts for every $1 of tax increase.”We have changed our assumption on this because the majority of Republicans in Congress continue to resist any measure that would raise revenues, a position we believe Congress reinforced by passing the act”.
    The Republicons voted down their own deficit reduction resolution, apparently because they didn’t want the president to share credit.
    The Republicons time and time again walked out of negotiations such as the Simpson Bowles commission. Mr. Ryan did not mention that he had served on that commission And he led Republicans in voting down the commission’s own recommendations. It was Paul Ryan who walked away from the Simpson Bowles.
    The Senate Republicans filibustered the 9/11 responders bill passed by the House.
    The Republicons secretly conspired with 300 corporations behind closed doors of the American Legislative Exchange Council (A.L.E.C.) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to write legislation advantageous to the corporate oligarchy at the expense of the American people.
    The Republicons blocked the Dream Act, then complained Obama does zip for Immigration problem.
    The Republicons signed an oil industry-sponsored pledge to oppose all climate regulation defeating any chance of passing climate legislation, a resounding victory for the oil companies.
    The Senate Republicons filibustered a bill that would have stripped big oil companies of multi-billion annual tax subsidies.
    The Republicons were for the individual mandate before they were against it. The individual mandate was originally a Republicon plan. In 1993, when Hillary Clinton was proposing health care reform and a employer mandate, Republican’s advocated an alternative that included the individual mandate. Republicons called the individual mandate a “market-based” approach to health care reform. 33 times the House has tried to repeal all or part of President Obama’s health care law.
    The Republicons conspired with the two billionare political operatives David and Charles Koch, to deny you your right to vote through voter suppression laws. The Kochs have funded efforts to thwart 21 million Americans from voting and Koch dollars helped write and propose voting suppression bills in 38 states that will put ballot boxes out of reach or millions of Americans eligible to vote, many of whom are African Americans. Hispanics, low-income poor, physically disabled, students and seniors.
    ‘Just say no’ is the Republicon slogan. ‘No Compromise’ is the Republicon mantra. ‘Defeat Obama’ is the Republicon agenda.
    Republicon John Boehner said “This is not a time for compromise, and I can tell you that we will not compromise on our principles”.
    Republicon John Boehner “I reject the word compromise”.
    Republicon Richard Mourdock, said: “I have a mindset that says bipartisanship ought to consist of Democrats coming to the Republican point of view.”
    Republicon Mike Pence (R-Ind.), “There will be no compromise”.
    The Republicon obstructionism has caused the the slow recovery. The Republicons chose party over country. In some foreign countries their actions would be considered an act of treason.

  • willow2884

    I say lets pledge as Americans never to raise the salaries of any congressman or Senator that has singed this pledge!

  • willow2884

    Thanks for your comment Diane. I’m glad to hear that GOP voters have seen the light on what has truly become of the GOP. I am an independent voter, probably could be considered leaning more liberal only in the sense that I believe in all ideas that make sense regardless of what party hey come from. But during he last election, it became clear to me that Romney was a puppet, flip-flopping his opinions on what ever he deemed the right thing to say at the moment. Obama though not perfect, at least is listening to the people. I have filled in survey after survey asking Me what I feel is most important. That shows me, they are listening. Welcome back to reality, we need more independent thinkers who are not married to either party!

  • oldtack

    Who is Grover Norquist?
    American Lobbyist
    Conservative Activist
    Founder of Americans for Tax Reform
    Promoter of Taxpayer Protection Pledge (signed by signed by 238 Republican members of congress and 2 Democrat members of congress plus 6 Republican Senators).
    Worked with Oliver North to supply arms to the Nicaraguan Contras in effort to overthrow Ortega’s Government – better known as the Iran Contra affair.Serves on the Board of the National Rifle Association.
    Best known for Americans for Tax Reform allegedly done at the request of then President Ronald Reagan.
    Married to a Palestinian Muslim, Sama Alrayyes, a Kuwaiti Public Relations Specialist and former Director of the Islamic Free Market Institute and Specialist at the Bureau of Legislative and Public Affairs at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

    It is highly unusual for a Muslim woman to marry outside the Faith and has many time led to “Honor Killings). When aske in an interview if he had converted to the faith of Islam, Norquist was offended and said that that was personal??? All he had to do was answer the question Yes or No.

    Norquist’s brother, David was appointed by George W. Bush as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Homeland Security.

    Do we have a sleeper cell in Washington DC? Is the Muslim Brotherhood alive and well in our Government?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W6BRPF4NL25AB6KRDUCS3HACHI Joseph

    As Joe Biden would say; “The idea that George H. W. Bush lost the reelcetion because of his broken pledge not to raise taxes is so much stuff put out by the Kommie Konservatiffs.” I was there. I worked on various DOD and other government projects and I heard and saw the changes. Before he closed the bases and laid off hundreds of thousands of aerospace and military workers, he had their votes sewed up. Afterwards, they abandoned him in droves. They either voted for Clintons or most of them just didn’t to bother to vote!!!!

  • oldtack

    Graduate of Harvard University. Has been involved in politics since Nixons time. Married to Sama Alleyyes, a Palestinian Muslim from Kuwait. founder of the Pledge that has been signed by 236 Republican Representatives and 16 Republican Senators.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/G-Melvin-Sledge-Sr/100003811553410 G Melvin Sledge Sr.

    It ought to be against federal law for a duly elected official to sign any pledge that hinders them from representing their constituents fully, which includes compromising on various issues.

  • Ayaya Worenwu

    President Bush is right. Who the hell is that Norquist that hold all republican politicians hostage?

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