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Lobbyist coercion

December 8, 2011

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To the editor:

The lobbyist Grover Norquist, has coerced all of the Republican members of the U.S. House and Senate to sign a pledge to not raise taxes at any time as long as they remain in office. If these people change their minds and vote for a tax increase, then Norquist and his lobbying group have threatened to fund a competitor to run against the traitors. Most all of the Republican lawmakers in the past 20 years have remained true to their pledge.

This threat has helped create a good share of rancor and to disallow any compromise with Democrats. This lone lobbyist has almost single handedly set up a divisive situation whereby Congress is unable to pass any bipartisan laws. The most recent polls rated these legislative bodies at 8 percent effectiveness. No wonder our country is in turmoil. Our legislative system of lawmaking is irretrievably broken.

An additional problem in Washington is that Congress has allowed our representatives to be so influenced by lobbyists who are allowed to pay the lawmaker for voting in their favor and calling this payoff a “campaign contribution.” We definitely need changes in Washington.

Comments

DadT6787 2 years, 4 months ago

Forget about Grover Norquist. Instead, call out the lawmakers who signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in violation of Rule 6 of the Code of Ethics for Government Service. Rule 6 admonishes lawmakers to "Make no private promises of any kind binding upon the duties of office..." Call on the Ethics Committees to censure all lawmakers who signed this Pledge.

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Armstrong 2 years, 4 months ago

I would love to know specifically how 1 lobbyist could coerce an entire party. Sounds like the blame game again.

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Fossick 2 years, 4 months ago

"Most all of the Republican lawmakers in the past 20 years have remained true to their pledge."

Hard to believe the author is complaining about politicians keeping their promises.

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pace 2 years, 4 months ago

Grover Norquist isn't bragging when he claims he owns the congress and senate votes on taxes. He is stating fact. The various lobbyists own Congress and Senate, they set policy. they cook deals, they write law. too bad.

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Eybea Opiner 2 years, 4 months ago

Bozo, the aggregate cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is approximately $1.2 trillion. Equal to our current spending deficit.

Hepburn, nothing that the rich earn is taken from your pockets. It's not a zero-sum game. While the rich were supposedly "squashing" the middle class, tens of thousands of households were moving from middle class to the so-called rich. The pie is there for the taking, if you'll just get off your butt and work for it.

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Eybea Opiner 2 years, 4 months ago

I want to ask, what is a rich man's fair share? And, more to the point, what is expected as a result?

Confiscate all the wealth of the 400 richest people in the U.S. (not the income, mind you, the entire wealth), and you will get an amount that approximates this year's spending deficit.

In 2009, 243,000 taxpayers who reported incomes of over $1,000,000 represented a little over $702 billion (http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/279355/why-millionaire-tax-bad-idea-veronique-de-rugy). Those numbers indicate about $3 million income per return. This number, by the way, includes those in the top 400.

That $702 billion, if taxed at 100%, would cover a little less than 2.5 months spending at Obama's current budget ($3.8 trillion divided by 365 days = ~ $10 billion/day, $300 billion per month).

So, again, what is to be the actual result of a "millionaires tax? Little, or nothing, of course. It is not Obama's intent to address our fiscal crisis. He wants class warfare to obfuscate the real problem: runaway government. And, yes, the government was running away before Obama. He just wants to put his foot on the accelerator.

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its_just_math 2 years, 4 months ago

"We definitely need changes in Washington. "

Wasn't that the left's mantra 4 years ago? You got it and now it's one lone right-winger's fault that things are still a mess. Poor, poor Obama and the Dems. Well, guess what, they had their hands solidly on the reins for 4 years and all the left can do now is frenetically look for a GOP boogeyman. Gotcha two tongue clicks

Unfreakingbelievable.

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mustrun80 2 years, 4 months ago

"The lobbyist Grover Norquist, has coerced all of the Republican members of the U.S. House and Senate to sign a pledge to not raise taxes at any time as long as they remain in office. If these people change their minds and vote for a tax increase, then Norquist and his lobbying group have threatened to fund a competitor to run against the traitors."

Source?

Is it not possible they also agree with him? It drives you lib socialists crazy that some people actually think we shouldn't raise taxes so the government can spend even more money to fund their incompetence.

It also drives you guys crazy that not all of us are naive enough to believe these career politicians when they say they will handle the money responsibly. I mean, come on! It ruins your HAPPY TIME!

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 4 months ago

Has Grover replaced the Dwead Piwate Wove as the target of the Daily Five Minutes' Hate by diappointed progressives?

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grammaddy 2 years, 4 months ago

The quickest road to becoming a millionaire is to become a member of Congress.

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Benjamin Roberts 2 years, 4 months ago

Taxpayer Protection Pledge I, ___, pledge to the taxpayers of the __ district of the state of_, and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and
credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.


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jayhawxrok 2 years, 4 months ago

DIST, get a grip, 98% of the House GOP and 87% of the Sentate GOP is pretty much all when the few left follow suit, pledge or no pledge. The fact the GOP sold out America to their loyalty to this pissant lobbyist nobody voted for is still valid.

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Benjamin Roberts 2 years, 4 months ago

"The lobbyist Grover Norquist, has coerced all of the Republican members of the U.S. House and Senate to sign a pledge to not raise taxes at any time as long as they remain in office."

The truth would have been sufficient. Unfortunately, Mr. Hassur chose to begin with a lie. The fact is that " 238 of 242 House Republicans and 41 out of 47 Senate Republicans (have) signed" the pledge. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grover_N...) (http://s3.amazonaws.com/atrfiles/files/files/120111-federalpledgesigners.pdf)

When the first sentence fails to pass the truth test, all that follows is suspect.

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Abdu Omar 2 years, 4 months ago

You are 100% right. I, too, have been calling for a reform of the lobbyists' making contributions to our government representatives. This, in and of its self, is the stumbling block to all the proposed legislation the Congress has debated. This practice must stop. But how?

As long as Congress is getting paid by these people, there will never be a change. This is the way they go to Washington a representative of the people and come home as a stooge of the lobbyists. How do we stop this? The only way, as I see it, is to have a constitutional convention and rearrange some of the ways we do business in our capitol. But then Congress has to call this convention and because it is their pocketbook we are talking about, they will never do that. We are sunk!

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