Now Cantor Backing Away From the Pledge
But Norquist says he'll go after anyone breaking it
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 26, 2012 1:31 PM CST
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(Newser) – Eric Cantor joined the ranks of Republicans distancing themselves from Grover Norquist's pledge against raising taxes this morning, signaling that the GOP is willing to put revenue on the table to avert the fiscal cliff. "When I go to my constituents, it's not about the pledge," Cantor said on MSNBC's Morning Joe. "It really is about trying to solve problems." He still indicated that he was opposed to raising the marginal rate or the capital gains rate, but noted that if nothing is done "taxes are going up on everyone. That's what's changed."

Cantor is hardly alone, of course. Several prominent Republican lawmakers have made similar pronouncements. "If a deal brings taxes higher than their current level, but leaves them lower than they would be if taxes rise as scheduled, would voting for that deal really constitute voting to raise taxes?" asks one National Review blogger. But Norquist is standing firm. This morning he told CNN that Americans for Tax Reform would "certainly highlight who has kept their commitment and who hasn't," adding, "If you want to go to your voters and say, 'I promised you this, and I'm breaking my promise,' you can have that conversation with them."

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kawahchan
Nov 27, 2012 12:00 PM CST
(R) 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: Actually, the 2012-2016 lame-duck Obama-Biden administration is repeating the 2012 California Prop. 30 what (D) Gov. Jerry Brown to raise state-income tax to the rich, push the $250,000+ taxpayers to the corner. Those 2-year Community College kids realize the Prop. 30 is just a blank-check written by the Democrats and union-teachers. Those A.A. degree graduates could lose their jobs from their $250,000+ income Employers, beside 2-year A.A. degree is NOT qualified, is NOT good enough to enter the Fortune 100, 500. 1000 corporations yet. Therefore, the 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY's candidacy suggests (R) House Speaker JOHN BOEHNER leads the Republicans & TEA to DUMP the George W. Bush's historical wrapper which Obama still likes to be Bush's copycat. Obama is a lame-duck for next 4 more years, either those Obama's supporters who re-elected Obama, they have to wash Obama's toilet for 4 more lame-duck years anyway. WHY so chicken-sh!t, Republican Congress & Senate should REWRITE the NEW 2013-2016 tax-code and tax-table, starting from the scratch in Capital Hill.
BinThereDunThat
Nov 27, 2012 9:26 AM CST
I can't wait until Weasel Cantor is voted out, along with a lot of other Republicans. Voters better vote in 2014. We cannot afford a replay of 2010. We hopefully have learned that you can't turn your back on Republicans for a minute. The only way to beat them is to vote them out.
odowd80
Nov 27, 2012 8:58 AM CST
The Party of "Hell No!" actually has to do something for a change. Stalling, spinning, and saying "No!" will only get them a massive tax increase.