Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist joined HuffPost Live Friday to explain why, despite his famous pledge for members of Congress to never raise taxes, he approves of Tuesday’s deal on the fiscal cliff that raised taxes on upper-income Americans. Norquist went so far to use the word “progress” to describe the deal, which he says permanently restores 85% of the Bush tax cuts, and despite public opinion, believes that the Republican anti-tax supporters actually won this political battle.
I’m too much of a cynic to believe this, but I hope it is a step towards the pledge’s ultimate death.
If the fiscal cliff debate told us anything it should be that Grover Norquist’s tax pledge is dead – now and forever more.
After having far too long a life, Norquist’s pledge died a slow death on January 1st, 2013 when 89 House Republicans joined a majority of GOP Senators to help pass the first major tax increases on the wealthiest Americans in two decades – effectively rendering the pledge irrelevant.
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