Divisive anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist may have a few Republicans backing away from his pledge, but he’s ramping up his rhetoric. In 2011, our political climate was so starkly contrasted, that the debt ceiling talks almost ended in a default and our credit rating took a dive for the first time in history. Norquist is attempting to drive an even larger wedge between the two bickering parties, even though most Americans would prefer not to redo the 2011 fiasco.
Wednesday during an appearance on Playbook Breakfast with Mike Allen, Norquist proposed that Congress force President Obama into monthly debt ceiling negotiations, or even weekly “if he misbehaves.” Norqust went on to add that Obama should be put on a short leash.
They can have him on a rather short leash, you know, here’s your allowance, come back next month.
Norquist is not even an elected official and he has the unmitigated gall to suggest putting a leash on the President of the United States.
Via Think Progress:
ALLEN: Okay, wait. You’re proposing that the debt ceiling be increased month by month?
NORQUIST: Monthly if he’s good. Weekly if he’s not.
Grover is not paying attention; President Obama was reelected by the electorate vote and the popular vote. Can you say, mandate? Obama ran his campaign on raising revenue through tax hikes on the rich.
Republicans wanting leverage should no longer be an issue. They lost handily to President Obama and Democrats and if they can’t meet Democrats halfway, then all bets should be off.
House Speaker John Boehner responded to his colleague Rep. Tom Cole breaking ranks, urging Conservative lawmakers to join him in supporting President Obama’s plan to extend the Bush-era tax rates to Americans making less than $250,000, “We’re willing to put revenue on the table as long as we are not raising rates.”
Again, the mandate? Norquist needs to listen to the American people or even some of his own colleagues.