Every Republican Who Signed the Norquist Tax Pledge Violated Their Oath of Office

A solemn promise or agreement to do or refrain from doing something that is a formally affirmed statement is regarded as an oath or pledge. Every member of Congress takes an oath of office and pledges to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.” It is treasonous then, to also pledge an oath to a domestic enemy of the United States government whose stated purpose is not to “abolish government, but to drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub,” because “our goal is to inflict pain.” It is incredible, but a majority of Republicans have signed a solemn pledge to assist Grover Norquist in his drive to “inflict pain” and drown the government in a bathtub regardless the consequences to the United States or its people.

It is well-known that Republicans abhor raising taxes unless it is on the poor and middle class, and as the Bush tax cuts come up for debate later this year, those who were enticed into signing Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge threaten to prevent any kind of compromise on spending cuts and additional government revenue for a balanced approach to deficit reduction and a reasonable budget solution. Yesterday in a private meeting, 20 members of Congress and 75 staffers, held court in the Ways and Means committee room so Grover Norquist could warn attendees how to handle hypothetical questions from the press who he claimed distort the meaning of the pledge. The pledge has been signed by 95% of Republican Congressional representatives and Willard Romney who all oppose tax increases or closing loopholes to generate additional revenue to pay down the national debt. The pledge boxes in and limits Republicans’ ability to negotiate seriously on the national debt, but it is a fantasy to think for a second that deficit reduction is important to Republicans.

The Republicans’ adherence to Norquist’s pledge have already had profound effects on the economy, and particularly last summer when they refused to take a balanced approach to deficit reduction and it inspired S&P to issue the first credit downgrade in America’s history. S&P were very specific in their reasons for downgrading the stellar credit rating and they particularly cited Republicans‘ intransigence on ending the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy. The nearly catastrophic events sent America precariously close to its first credit default, and demonstrated that Norquist’s intention to drown the government is a serious threat, and it is important to note that although Norquist is the architect of ‘the pledge,’ he would not wield enormous power without his army of anti-tax Republicans. It is stunning that Republicans are so intent on doing obeisance to Norquist that they cannot see the need for the government to bring in revenue, but that is the peril of signing a pledge to a lobbyist who holds no government office and is intent on drowning the government.

There are, though, a small number of Republicans who are questioning the wisdom of pledging to never raise taxes or close loopholes to pay down the debt. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) broke with Norquist’s anti-tax pledge earlier this month and said he supported eliminating tax deductions to get the country on “solid fiscal footing.” He said, “We are so far in debt that if you don’t give up some ideological ground, the country sinks,” but he ignores the simple fact that sinking the country is Norquist’s plan. Another prominent Republican, Florida’s ex-governor Jeb Bush rejected Norquist’s pledge and said that he would “support tax increases in order to reduce the growing deficit.”  Norquist lashed out at Bush and said he insulted Willard Romney by abandoning “the pledge,” because Romney’s signing was a commitment to not raise taxes or close loopholes when he gets to Washington, and that the problem is “Obama’s overspending,” even though government spending under President Obama is the lowest it’s been since Richard Nixon was president. Romney specifically rejected the 10-1 deal that cuts $10 for every $1 in tax increases. However, Romney’s tax plan does call for eliminating the Earned Income Credit and college tuition deduction to make room for $10.7 trillion in tax cuts for the wealthy. Romney’s plan affects only middle class families and the working poor.

In California, the only reasonable thing ex-terminator and philandering governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, did was work with the Democratic legislators to raise sales tax 1% for one year and a major share of the state’s debt was assuaged. Over 70% of California residents favored extending the sales tax increase for an additional year, but Republicans blocked a ballot initiative because they pledged allegiance to Norquist.

There are some Republicans who realize that signing, and adhering to, a pledge to a lobbyist limits their options to reduce the nation’s deficit. Pennsylvania Republican Scott Perry said “I just think it’s imprudent to hem yourself in where you can’t make a good agreement that overall supports the things you want to do,” and Massachusetts state senator Richard Tisei said “If there’s a loophole that can be closed that ends up generating additional revenue that can be used specifically to pay down the national debt, I don’t want to be bound by the pledge not to close it.” Still, nearly 1,000 Republicans around the country have signed “the pledge” and it spells more deficit and especially more cuts to programs to pay for Republican tax cuts for the rich.

Norquist’s anti-tax pledge is not because of out-of-control spending as he and Romney claim, or because taxes are prohibitively high. In fact taxes are the lowest they have been in 60 years and as noted above, spending is lower than any president’s administration since Eisenhower. What is astounding is that plans from Romney and economic guru Paul Ryan raise taxes on the poor and middle class while drastically cutting taxes for the top 1% of income earners, and each plan adds trillions to the nation’s debt.

There is no rhyme or reason to Norquist’s pledge except, as Norquist says, “to drag the government into the bathroom and drown it in a bathtub,” and if he can “inflict pain” on the American people in the process, then as John Boehner is wont to say, “so be it.” Willard Romney signed Norquist’s pledge, but he plans to raise taxes on the poor 60%, and eliminate tax deductions for the middle class, so he already plans on breaking his promise to Norquist but it is acceptable because it “inflicts pain” on working Americans to reward his wealthy elitist friends.

Every one of the Republicans who signed on to serve Norquist swore an oath to serve the Constitution, and thus the American people and the United States government. However, Republicans are hell-bent on dismantling the government to make way for private operations, and their only legal means is reducing revenue to bankrupt America which is precisely why they signed Norquist’s anti-tax and decidedly anti-government pledge.

37 Replies to “Every Republican Who Signed the Norquist Tax Pledge Violated Their Oath of Office”

  1. Grover Norquist is to the Republican Party what Napolean was to France during their Revolution… at first, they were winning, and then… not so much

  2. How do you pay for two wars??? Why continue a tax cut that places 360million dollars in the pockets of millionaires and billionairs???

    Norquist is worse that Bin Laden.

  3. Powerful piece, Muse. Well said. It says little for Norquist when even some Republicans begin to question doctrine. We as a country and a people cannot survive Norquist nihilism.

  4. I fully think that the Republicans know exactly what the ramifications of their actions by following Grover Norquist are. These are the very same people who want smaller government yet allow openings in our tax system big enough for a truck to drive through just for the wealthy. Hypocrisy.

    the people of this nation had better wake up to what Grover Norquist and Paul Ryan wants for them. How long before Maintenance for your roads and the services you expect from your government began to disappear. How long before you start watching smaller corporations being swallowed up with regularity by large ones.and that is just a microcosm of what is going to happen. If the rich don’t want it, we want have it.

    The Republicans and Grover Norquist and others of his ilk want this government to small to be able to fight back from corporate and billionaire control. It’s really a pity that the GOP doesn’t understand that at that point they wont be needed either

  5. Grover is but another pawn for the Koch brothers. It is so amazing to me that there are Republicans out there who will bite their nose off to spite their own faces. Can’t they see this or are they that blind. The K bros want to OWN and I do mean own the White House. Wake up America….we have to fight this and fight hard.

  6. Unfortunately, both treason and sedition contemplate actual armed hostilities. So long as no violence or threats of violence are being contemplated to the parties to this Norquist pledge, no cause lies there. However, every legislator/official who took the Norquist pledge prior to the oath of office and still held it paramount to the latter, has committed perjury, and we have not even begun to get into public corruption.

  7. Where can we get a copy of that full Norquist pledge that they all signed and Who else is ready to start a class action lawsuit as We The People’s rights have been violated by the very people we voted in to work on our behalf and pay their salaries with our hard earned taxes! Where the hell is a copy of the pledge I am ready to bring them all up on charges even Norquist i am sure he broke some law somewhere somehow…accessory, Intent, something!!!! Please contact me with answers anyone …fb https://www.facebook.com/shelley.peterson.96
    Shelley (Laysi)Peterson

  8. And why haven’t they just gone out and make their own bid for The Oval Office? They certainly have the funds to do it. …shush! Don’t give them ideas!

  9. Two Wars and the UNFUNDED Medicare Reform Act of 2003, which included Medicare D.
    Which is STILL costing us trillions.

  10. Call me extreme, but I have one thing to contribute:

    “Mr. Norquist — Mssrs. Koch & Koch… I’d like to introduce you to a friend of mine. His name is Barrett — call him M99.”

    A surprise that will just absolutely BLOW THEM AWAY!

  11. If Romney wins and refuses to find extra revenue in the amounts needed, another 4 trillion is added to the debt. By signing this pledge, he would be in violation of his oath of office, and that should be grounds for impeachment. that would also make his VP, speaker of the House unable to take over as Pres. I have always thought this was a violation of the oath. And, the NRA is just as bad, but they don’t have an oath. They threatened the members of Issa’s commission to vote for contempt of Holder or face retribution at the ballot box. they are an Un-american organization, as is ALEC.

  12. This has been a grave concern of mine ever since I learned of the signing of this pledge. What I would like to know is why no one is taking action. If I were more educated in starting a petition to have these individuals criminally prosecuted I would. What can be done? It is my belief that they should all be held in contempt of the United States of America.

  13. Never mind Norquist. The ideology dedicated to the destruction of the American government is the cornerstone of the Libertarians here in America. (Goggle “Libertarian ideology” and read up on it.) Currently our Congress is top heavy with Libertarians and so-called “Libertarian-leaning” Senators and Representatives. These people are all Republicans and many preceded the Tea-Party members into Congress.

    There are two types of Libertarians, Pragmatic and Anarchists. The Pragmatic Libertarians want to reduce government to the smallest size possible, but will not concede the necessity for a federal government. Make no mistake the Pragmatics would still do away with virtually all of the existing government agencies, such as Social Security, Medicare, Department of Education, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Commerce, Interior, etc…

    On the other hand the Anarchists are far more extreme and radical. They would eliminate all federal government, even those functions mandated by the Constitution immediately. The Anarchists would not tolerate even a shell of any form of government. Rather they visualize all necessary community functions would be strictly staffed and funded by volunteers. This includes all firefighters and police for every community in the Nation. Ron Paul is an Anarchist Libertarian in terms of ideology, which is why he was so happy to be giving speeches to Universities around the nation during his campaign for the Republican nomination for the presidency. He recognized that the Anarcharist portion of his Libertarian message would find a highly receptive audience among the youth in the University environment.

    The media has turned a blind eye to the destructive nature of the Libertarian ideology and routinely treats elected Libertarians as members of just another quaint political Party, like the Whigs or the Know Nothings. Americans need to wake up and recognize that these Libertarians intend to destroy the very Federal Government that the entire nation depends on.

    Further many elected members of Congress are not only active supporters of the Libertarian ideology, some are active members of the Libertarian Party itself. Yet these same elected officials took the standard oath to protect and serve the very government that their ideology’s primary goal is sworn to destroy!! The Libertarian infestation within our government is the most serious threat to American Democracy since the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

  14. Thank you the information you provided. It was very interesting and informative. And, it certainly explains a whole lot.

    Since I am not as educated as you, why would it not make sense to hold these republicans who signed this pledge (since the majority of those would fall into the realm of either of those of belief systems you explained) with treason?

  15. Parvenu – Absolutely right. the GOP has gone full-on Libertarian for some time now. I’ve mentioned it in many articles here. Kill the government and privatize everything. It’s in all their intent including Romney, Ryan, Kochs et al. Glad you noticed.

  16. Yes, birth control. The NOM pledge may be the scariest though. See the “appoint a presidential commission” section and start quaking in your boots if you ever supported same-sex marriage.

  17. How is it that Grover Norquist is so powerful? As far as I can tell Americans for Tax Reform is basically just he, and I can’t imagine he has so much money that he can bend people to his will. What am I missing here?

  18. I can’t really fathom how any American would want to destroy this country our forefathers worked so hard have it be as it is today. It is totally disgusting that our elected officials would pledge their loyalty to such a horrible person such as Grover Norquist. How is this legal and why is it allowed to continue? American voters better consider all the GOP has done is is still doing to this country when they go to vote in November!!

  19. It’s really nice that the so-called “Liberal” media (who recently admitted to helping make the GOP look better than they are) are now FINALLY catching on to what many Lefties and Left-leaning people like me have known for months! Yes, those idiots who signed the Norquist pledge did commit treason…the GOP have been employing Reverse Robin Hood fiscal policies before and after the Clinton administration; the GOP are experts at hypocrisy and corruption; rich assholes like the Koch brothers have already bought most, if not all, of the GOP politicians and will spend big bucks to make sure their fascist corporate plutarch pets take over Washington, DC; now, here are some other things my friends and I have been saying for months: the GOP are going to get slaughtered in November and they still have more than four months to keep fucking it up even further! The Tea Party Militia will either take over the GOP or break off into their own party (which will divide the GOP, essentially signalling its death); if the SCOTUS strikes down Obamacare next week, expect the GOP to lose by an even bigger margin in November….nice to see you guys are finally “seeing the light”….

  20. Very well said Andrew. I agree with you 1000% !! I say charge the whole bunch of the Tea Baggers and their friends and lock them up. They are going to learn a hard lesson in November. There are more voters than Tea Baggers and all their supporters so PREPARE TO BE KICKED TO THE CURB FOR DECEIVING THE VOTERS WHO PUT YOU IN OFFICE IN THE FIRST PLACE !!
    Take the speaker of The House and his weirdo sidekick with you too. We won’t in any way miss them.

  21. oh, they understand it alright. they are in office right now to get their ‘forever pension’ and then disappear right back into the corporations that spawned this mess so they can continue the job of raiding the country from a cushy office on wall street…without having to answer to any pesky constituents.

  22. Okay, I absolutely DESPISE Grover Norquist and the GOP, however, this piece is kinda sloppy and based on a false premise. The infamous Norquist bathtub quote actually goes like this: “I don’t want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.” He’s talking about the SIZE of government, not destroying it completely. Now I personally think all these wingnut wackadoodles with their overblown fear of big government tyranny are a bunch of jackasses; but they aren’t actually talking sedition when they pledge their odious oath to Grover Norquist. We’re never gonna take these goons out with sloppy thinking like this. Sorry…

  23. So, his comment that he wants to drown the gov’t (whatever it’s size) in the bathtub doesn’t evoke any resemblance to abolishing it to you? seems pretty clear-cut to me. Especially since he’s been backing his statement up with actions for years…

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