This week, Spinners and Winners went to Americans for Tax Reform to talk to the man behind the pledge. ‘The Taxpayer Protection Pledge’ has been signed by virtually every Republican office holder over the last 20 years, binding congressman, senators, and governors to promise no tax increases of any kind, ever.
There’s talk that pledge is now dead, but as you can see, Grover Norquist is not backing down.Those who have disavowed the pledge — such Senators Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., and John McCain, R-Ariz. — will hear from their constituents, Norquist says.
“I think that people should keep their commitment to voters. I think they need to if they get elected with an open promise, they should keep that promise to voters,” says the founder of Americans for Tax Reform.
We all know that Washington D.C. is about power. It consumes almost anyone who goes there. I’m absolutely sure that is also the reason behind Grover Norquist’s words above. He sees himself losing power after so many years and is doing anything possible to hang on to it. He seems kind of like McCarthy in the 1950s who gained power by accusing many there of being a communist. He dominated the Senate for several years until one person took him down with one utterance. “Have you no shame!”.
“Never” is a very powerful word. It locks out any other possibility. I am a firm believer in the phrase “Never say never”. Maybe the next power seeker needs to latch onto the “Never say never” phrase as his foundation. I bet he would get more than just Republicans to sign that pledge.
Saying never has gotten so many different groups in trouble of our history. I am a pragmatist so “never” is seldom in my dictionary in either the political, religious, or personal realm. To me it is down right idiotic to make a pledge to never do something.
I am not one to seek power so I will freely give this new pledge idea to anyone who wants it. Take it and all the power that goes with it. 🙂
But I’m just a simple guy so what do I know….