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Wed Dec 19, 2012, 01:27 PM

Grover Norquist Gives ‘Plan B’ His Blessing

Source: TPM

BRIAN BEUTLER DECEMBER 19, 2012, 1:08 PM

Grover Norquist’s anti-tax advocacy group Americans for Tax Reform is giving House Republicans a pass for voting for House Speaker John Boehner’s so-called “Plan B,” which would lock in the Bush tax cuts for all incomes up to $1 million.

“The House this week will vote on a tax bill,” reads an ATR statement. “This legislation — popularly known as “Plan B” — permanently prevents a tax increase on families making less than $1 million per year. Republicans supporting this bill are this week affirming to their constituents in writing that this bill—the sole purpose of which is to prevent tax increases — is consistent with the pledge they made to them. In ATR’s analysis, it is extremely difficult — if not impossible — to fault these Republicans’ assertion.”

ATR becomes the first major anti-tax group to endorse Boehner’s plan, which has come under heavy fire from other influential groups, including Heritage Action, and Americans for Prosperity. But ATR’s so-called taxpayer protection pledge has been the lodestar for wayward anti-tax Republicans for years. A strict reading of the pledge holds that Republicans will not vote for any legislation that results in an effective tax increase on anybody.

By providing its blessing, ATR reveals that it construes the pledge arbitrarily, given political circumstances. It also follows that if Plan B is consistent with the pledge, so is similar legislation, which passed the Senate earlier this year, to set the threshold for extending the Bush tax cuts at $250,000 in income.

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DonViejo Dec 2012 OP
hobbit709 Dec 2012 #1
global1 Dec 2012 #2
Frisbee Dec 2012 #3
Panasonic Dec 2012 #4
Melinda Dec 2012 #5
John2 Dec 2012 #7
ErikJ Dec 2012 #9
Bucky Dec 2012 #6
winstars Dec 2012 #8
Rider3 Dec 2012 #10
Fearless Dec 2012 #11
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TomCADem Dec 2012 #13

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 01:36 PM

1. THAT should tell you all you need to know.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 01:41 PM

2. No $1 Milliion - No $400,000 - It's Got To Be $250,000 Or Let Us Go Over The Fiscal Cliff.....

If the PBO wants to include Chained CPI and hit SS - then there is no way I am going to compromise on the $250,000 above tax cut expiration.

I didn't vote to re-elect PBO to get my SS cut - no way - no how. I did vote for the $250,000 and above tax cut expiration. Don't compromise on that.

It feels like bait and switch again and I'm tired of continually being suckered.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 02:07 PM

3. 'nuff said. eom

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 02:43 PM

4. Sorry, but the other fruitcakes already said no.

 

You stand alone, Grover Norfuck, worthless and irrelevant asshole.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 02:57 PM

5. Who the *ahem* does he think he is, Pope?

Really?

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Response to Melinda (Reply #5)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 03:15 PM

7. Look up the

 

definition of a psychopath. He has delusions of Grandeur.

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Response to Melinda (Reply #5)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 03:32 PM

9. Repent! You are having impure thoughts.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 03:11 PM

6. Good enough for me... now I'm *definitely* against it

But God bless Grover for desperately trying to say relevant to the process.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 03:28 PM

8. If he is for it, then I am against it!!!

Living in California, these Propositions that clog our ballots each November are sometimes hard to figure, if no means no and if yes means yes, if you catch my drift. The way I usually figure out how to vote is to look at the local Democratic website or some Progressive website that has worked it out and just make a crib sheet and copy them down. This year I did that but also did something else, I went to the Republican and Chamber of Commerce websites and sure enough their suggestions were the exact opposite of the Progressive website. Not exactly Latest Breaking News but...

So if he is for it, I am against it... pretty simple thanks to the pug's predictability I suppose.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 05:16 PM

10. If Norquist is for it,

then we should stay the hell away from that idea. He is killing our country with his stupid actions.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 05:17 PM

11. Well now, that settles it.

Kill the bill.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 05:37 PM

12. Spam deleted by NRaleighLiberal (MIR Team)

 

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 01:15 AM

13. Grover understands that this is just grandstanding...

...as Ezra Klein noted there are so many poison pills in Plan B. It is designed to be so repugnant that Democrats would never vote for it. In other words, its like McConnell's debt ceiling proposal maneuver, except that this one will go down in flames because every key Democrat has promised to oppose it.

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