Who Needs Darth Vadar When You Have Norquist?

On Monday the bipartisan Joint Committee on DeficitReduction announced that they would not be able to produce a plan beforeThanksgiving that would cut $1.2 trillion from federal spending over 10 years.

The statement by chairs of the “super committee,” Sen.Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) said, “Aftermonths of hard work and intense deliberations, we have come to the conclusiontoday that it will not be possible to make any bipartisan agreement availableto the public before the committee’s deadline.”
Senator Patty Murray was clear in her message that GroverNorquist the president of Americans for Tax Reform who encouraged Republicanmembers of the “committee” to sign a pledge that they would not raise taxesshould bear some responsibility for the committee’s failure to come to someagreement. She said, “As long as we have some Republican lawmakers whofeel more enthralled with a pledge they took to a Republican lobbyist than theydo to a pledge to the country to solve the problems, this is going to be hardto do,” she said.
Many Americans became more familiar with Norquist on Sundayfollowing the segment on 60 Minutes that highlighted the powerful Republicanlobbyist. Norquist is largely responsible for a pledge that Republicancongressmen and senators have signed in which they promise that they willnever, under any circumstances, vote to raise taxes. In a bit of politicalbullying, Norquist is quoted on the news show as saying, “I think to win aRepublican primary– It is difficult to imagine somebody winning a primarywithout taking the pledge.”
When you run for office people ask you to pledge that you’lldo this or you won’t do that. It would be irresponsible to pledge blindly, withoutknowing the facts and without knowing what the future holds. Once elected is itsmart, is it fair, is it sensible to stand by your pledge or by your”noodle” as my mother used to say? I would hope that those electedwould think, learn, research, dialogue, talk, listen – a lot of listening isneeded– and then make the best decision. Or do you stand by your pledge as 279Republicans, including the speaker of the House, the Senate minority leader andall six Republican members of the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction havedone regardless of the facts or the consequences. Well here’s to the man whohas the power to hold you to a pledge once you know the facts and theconsequences of your pledge. Who needs Darth Vadar?


  1. Burroughston Broch says: