How We Pay For Things
Is Grover Over? Norquist's anti-tax jihad stumbles in the states
WashingtonMonthly.com (March 05)
We can quite plainly state that, of all the bastards in Washington DC (and there are many), Grover Norquist is at the top or our personal list. He's just bizarre and we really, really have no idea what his endgame is, but we know this: Paying Taxes IS Patriotic. Poor Grover just doesn't get that and that's what struck us about this passage in the Washington Monthly:
Poor Grover. Nearly everywhere he looks, it seems, a Republican governor or legislature is finding the seductions of tax hikes too powerful to resist in the face of reduced federal support and soaring education and health-care costs. Anti-tax groups such as ATR, the Club for Growth, Americans for Prosperity, and FreedomWorks seem to have feet-on-the-desk privileges in the White House and Republican Congress. For a time, they appeared to have even more pull in the states, where 1,200 of 7,400 state legislators have signed Norquist's pledge never to vote for a tax increase. Anti-tax advocates are quick to threaten political death to any Republican who strays from the no-tax gospel. But with the red ink still flowing, even after collectively closing more than $200 billion in budget shortfalls over the last three years, cracks are forming within the no-tax coalition. Governors are finding that they can't cut more without endangering programs that hit people where they live—such programs as road construction, nursing home assistance, and reading, writing and arithmetic lessons. Surprisingly, legislatures are going along. Indeed, the day after Norquist announced his opposition to Daniels's budget plan, the Republican chairmen of the Indiana House Ways and Means and Senate Budget committees admitted that they didn't consider the no-tax pledges they had given the ATR binding because they signed them years before they acquired their current budget responsibilities. Another Republican Hoosier lawmaker complained to The Indianapolis Star, "I knew it [ATR's no-tax pledge] was like a marriage when I signed it, but now I want a divorce."See your taxes pay for good things and not just bombs (though that is, expressly, about all Grover wants to pay for).
See where living in a black and white world governed by ideology gets you? Real life has nuances and sometimes we have to do things we don't like but, well you don't always get that luxury.
Read for yourself... and thanks to Buzzfalsh.com for pointing out the article.
By the way, Buzzflash has another article about how the ghoulish Republicans in Congress & Florida don't seem to care about how in Texas the Hospitals & the Courts can discontinue medical care even if a family doesn't want to. Where were Jeb Bush, Bill Frist, and Tom "The Hammer" Delay when they stopped feeding a baby? Oh wait, could it be because that was a black child and not a white woman? Nah...
(Don't get us wrong, we are completely 100% with Michael Schiavo in this, we just like the hypocrisy!)