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Tue Jun 12, 2012, 05:34 PM

Grover Norquist losing his mojo...

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) broke with anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist on Tuesday, telling ABC's Jonathan Karl that he supported eliminating tax deductions in order to help get the country back on solid fiscal footing.

"We are so far in debt that if you don't give up some ideological ground, the country sinks," Graham said.

Graham is one of over a thousand Republicans nationwide who have signed Norquist's anti-tax pledge to oppose and vote against any effort to increase taxes.

The pledge also opposes raising revenue by eliminating tax deductions and credits. Graham voiced his disagreement with that component, saying "when you eliminate a deduction, it's OK with me to use some of that money to get us out of debt."

He praised Norquist for "doing a great service" but said that due to the country's poor fiscal climate, the Republican party's position must evolve.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/12/lindsey-graham-grover-norquist-anti-tax-pledge_n_1590356.html

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Response to cynatnite (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 05:38 PM

1. But will Graham follow through?

When it comes up for a vote - when the Senate has a chance to strip things out from the House bill - will Graham get the votes up to 60?

I think this shows tat the Repubs are scared. At least this one is . . .

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Response to cynatnite (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 05:38 PM

2. Sooner or later intoxication usually wears off, I prefer it to happen before the car-train collision

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Response to cynatnite (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 05:41 PM

3. I call BS on this without the details

I can see them wanting to lower capital gains (unearned income) from 15% to 10% and taking away things like the mortgage deduction that the rest of us rely on to get somewhat of a break on our 25%+ tax bills.

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Response to cynatnite (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 05:41 PM

4. So that's 2 GOP senators

who are backing off from Norquist - Graham and Coburn. Not enough IMHO.

I don't know how Norquist got to be so powerful but he is and Republicans seem more than willing to sign his idiot pledge. Seems to me a Senator or House members first allegiasnce should be to the American people and not some twit lobbyist.

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Response to cynatnite (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 05:59 PM

5. Folk like Lindsey can play dumb, I guess -- but Grover's plan has always been

to bankrupt the Federal authority: it furthers his anti-government ideology to have the Federal government hog-tied by debt

This has been obvious ever since the Republicans began kowtowing to Grover -- and I remember hearing folk point it out thirty years ago



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Response to cynatnite (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 06:03 PM

6. he praised norquist for 'doing a great service'.....cover your ass, lindsey

i won't praise graham for having a logical thought. it's probably a brain-fart

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Response to cynatnite (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 06:06 PM

7. most one-trick ponies eventually wear thin...

but since his only trick is to sh!t on 99.9% of the country, I'm surprised it took this long.

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Response to cynatnite (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 06:17 PM

8. Unless Graham quickly back-pedals, Norquist is toast.

Norquist doesn't know economics from a hole in the ground, and all it will take is a few prominent Republicans ignoring his huffing and puffing to demolish his credibility.

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Response to cynatnite (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 07:01 PM

9. Good. The anti-tax pledge is fucking silly. Fucking SILLY!!



Seriously, dood . . . America's not going to raise any taxes ever? EVER?

What if there was another aggressive invasion? What if this country had a national emergency? What if this country got so far into the financial shitter that you had no choi . . . oh wait, it's that way NOW.

This country is 16 trillion in debt. 16 TRILLION, much of which has to do with 32 years of your fucking dumb party's borrow-and-waste-on-worthless-shit economics. Without raising a single tax on anyone and wanting to give more breaks to corporations and the wealthy who'll do nothing WITH them (since they're taxed on PROFIT and they're going to put their efforts gaining green where the tax AIN'T . . . I mean, it's logic a five-year-old can rip through, but not the drooling Faux News watchers), pray tell WHERE is the money going to come from to run this country? WHERE? You tell me this fucking instant, you know-nothing Yard Gnome, WHERE?

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Response to cynatnite (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 07:04 PM

10. I hope the douchebag gets stuck in his bathtub and...

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Response to cynatnite (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 07:12 PM

11. Norquist is a stain on a dirty sheet.

 

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Response to cynatnite (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 07:12 PM

12. Grover does not have a chance in hell to get elected so he needs to shut up and forget his pledge

Our Congress members should all be standing up to Grover and letting him know who is elected and is not elected. Grover is wrong for our country and wrong on his failure to see the need to have our debt paid down.

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Response to cynatnite (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 07:39 PM

13. Jeb Bush, too.

The tide is turning. Slowly, but it is turning.

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