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Friday, June 10, 2011


From Politico

 - WP's Lori Montgomery: "The Republican Party once had a home for the thinking of Tom Coburn, Mike Crapo and Saxby Chambliss. But that party is long gone. The three U.S. senators banded together a few months ago in support of higher tax revenue as a means of balancing the federal budget. ... Such reasoning was common in the GOP circa 1963, when Republicans denounced tax cuts proposed by President John F. Kennedy as a road to red ink and rampant inflation. But today's GOP adheres to a 'no new taxes' orthodoxy that has proved far more powerful than the desire to balance the budget. ... 

As House Speaker John A. Boehner has said: Raising taxes is 'unacceptable and a non-starter.' This orthodoxy is now woven so deeply into the party's identity that all but 13 of 288 GOP lawmakers in Congress have signed a formal pledge not to raise taxes. The strategist who invented the pledge, Grover G. Norquist, compares it to a brand, like Coca-Cola"

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