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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-24-11 12:27 PM
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A philosophy that needs to be drowned in a bathtub
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(Bloomberg) When members of the House Budget Committee gathered over sandwiches to meet with the leaders of President Barack Obamas debt commission in Washington, former Senator Alan Simpson delivered a warning.

If you are in thrall to Grover Norquist, the Wyoming Republican who co-led the debt panel said he told the group in February, this country hasnt got a prayer.

There may be enough congressional Republicans enthralled with Norquist, a small-government advocate who has spent the last quarter-century pressing lawmakers to sign a pledge never to raise taxes, to kill any comprehensive, bipartisan deal to rein in the $14.3 trillion national debt, say current and former members of Congress.

Until Republicans are more afraid of the deficit than they are of Grover Norquist, were going to have a problem, said Representative Christopher Van Hollen of Maryland, the top Democrat on the Budget Committee. ............(more)

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