• Pharaoh Grover Norquist Lets His People Go

    The Pharaoh hardened his heart and would not let the people go. Then business executives said to John Boehner, "Go to Pharaoh and say to him, "This is what the conservative business community, the God of the Republicans, says: "Let my people go, so that they may worship me."

    And Pharaoh Grover Norquist heeded the warning and liberated the House Republican Caucus by declaring that Boehner's "Plan B" proposal did not violate the Americans for Tax Reform no-tax-hike pledge…

    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.

    Funny enough, applying this logic to the Obama proposal would make that plan consistent with the pledge as well. After all, the Democratic proposal prevents a tax increase on families making less than $250,000 per year, but the Norquist's new dispensation does not apply to the Obama plan, because the Pharaoh does not have to be fair.

    Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Americans for Tax Reform, Fiscal Cliff, Grover Norquist, John Boehner


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