Grover Norquist - Caricature

Grover Norquist – Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

I really shouldn’t be surprised at this. The Scriptures say not to put my trust in man. But I wanted to believe that, of all people, Norquist – the founder of Americans for Tax Reform,  the creator and promoter of the “Taxpayer Protection Pledge,” and the author of his famous quote: “I’m not in favor of abolishing the government. I just want to shrink it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.” – would be the very last person to back down on his pledge not to vote for any – any – tax increases.

Sorry to disappoint. This is from Newsmax:

Grover Norquist, the influential president of Americans for Tax Reform, said he would support a plan, negotiated by Vice President and House Leader Mitch McConnell, to resolve the fiscal cliff drama.

And the plan? Tax increases:

Under the deal, would remain steady for the middle class and rise at incomes over $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for couples…

And cuts in spending?

cuts totaling $24 billion over two months aimed at the Pentagon and domestic programs would be deferred…

What about the Taxpayer Protection Pledge? Doesn’t that count for anything anymore? What about keeping your word? What about keeping the pressure on the White House to secure significant cuts? Sorry about that. Here’s Norquist:

This is progress in terms of making most of the permanent. Is it enough? No. Does it do anything on spending? No.

But that’s what the next four years are going to be. The next four years will be about clawing back the overspending of the years — and now we need to get the down. The problem is too much spending, not too little taxes, and now we turn our attention to spending cuts.

Who’ll believe this guy now?

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