GOPer recants tax pledge: Grover Norquist has no plan to pay the debt down, only to add to it

Grover who? Hopefully that’s how insignificant the unrelenting anti-tax crusader will become. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) was the next in line to distance himself from Grover Norquist, saying that solving the oountry’s debt problem may require breaking Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge, adding,”I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge.”

Statement of the day by Chambliss:

“Grover Norquist has no plan to pay this debt down. His plan is you continue to add to the debt.”


Chabliss spoke with 13WMAZ stating, “If we do it his way then we’ll continue in debt, and I just have a disagreement with him about that.” Chambliss said Norquist’s opposition to increased revenue adds to the debt and is a “fundamental disagreement.”

Chambliss admitted that Norquist would likely turn against him for abandoning the pledge in his 2014 re-election bid. “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,” Chambliss said. “I’m willing to do the right thing and let the political consequences take care of themselves.”

So, the Norquist pledge is becoming too much of a burden and according to Chambliss, it is a detriment to our country.

Who else signed the pledge.

Nine of the 10 candidates initially vying for the Republican presidential nomination, including Mitt Romney and his veep choice Paul Ryan, signed on, as did candidates for local, state and national office.

Norquist garnered 279 signatures which gave him authority no unelected official has ever had.  Still yet, House Speaker John Boehner as well as Mitch McConnell signed on.   Boehner once referred to Norquist as “some random person.” We can then conclude that Boehner signs pledges from random people.

With more Republicans stepping away from the pledge, that leaves  Norquist lacking in power — previously the signatures gathered represented a majority in Congress — now with Republicans jumping ship, he no longer holds that majority. 95 percent of Republican Congresspeople signed the pledge — many have lost their seats or walked away from Norquist. 

Grover Norquist is not a member of Congress, nor the holder of any public office. Norquist is a lobbyist whose power, has made him a formidable figure — or it did. Norquist is slipping into irrelevancy — his partisan pledge is no more than a vow of obstructionism. The Presidential election highlighted what voters want and it’s not Grover Norquist’s divisive politics.

The Monterey Herald reports, “The Rs are holding,” he  [Norquist] insisted at a meeting sponsored by a predominantly conservative think tank, the Center for the National Interest. “The fantasy is that the Republicans would cave on marginal tax rates,” he said. “They’re nonnegotiable.”

Well, maybe Grover should talk to Chambliss, and a few others who signed the pledge.

For a good read, go here. 

  • Grover Norquist

    Ruh roh!

  • Sally

    I am a random person. How about I send Boehner a pledge stating that he will work for the people of the United States, and that if he pledges something to someone else, he will start impeachment proceedings against himself and anyone else who signs on? I sent a letter to Dave Camp, who doesn’t even bother campaigning in MI so cocksure is he of his name and connections, asking him to disavow the treasonous pledge. So far have not heard back. And for someone who wanted to Chair Ways and Means and work on tax reform, I asked him how serious he could possibly be about that when he refuses to put revenue on the table. Crickets. A thinking electorate. However will the GOP respond?

    • karlleuba

      Saly, they all did take that pledge to work for the people. It’s call their Oath of Office.

  • Thom Delahunt

    if grover norquist can become such a powerful lobby by offering cash incentives, just think how powerful we on facebook can be by offering incentive with our vote…