Nothing But Net

March 16th, 2011

A follow-up to Get Your Big Government Out of There, inspired by Congressional Cmte Hears Bill Stopping Tax-Funded Abortions (LifeNews 3/16/11 19:04).


“The bill has no net tax change whatsoever, and is therefore not legislation at all relating to the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Attempts to claim otherwise are not based on reality, but on mere political gamesmanship of the lowest order.” – president of Americans for Tax Reform Grover Norquist in letter to members of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures subcommittee who were concerned that the Republican-proposed measure to tax abortion-related procedures broke the GOP no new taxes pledge
 
“The bill has no net tax change whatsoever, and is therefore not legislation at all relating to the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Attempts to claim otherwise are not based on reality, but on mere political gamesmanship of the lowest order.” – what Norquist would I’m sure write in support of a measure to raise taxes on the super-rich and reduce taxes on the working and middle classes by an equal amount.

 

Americans for Tax Reform hates raising taxes for any purpose

Unless it serves a political purpose.


They complain about use of the tax code for social engineering,

But this time instead of complaining, they’re cheering.


By “get government off our backs” one presumes,

They mean off super-rich people’s backs and into women’s wombs.


But according to your “no net tax change” rule, Mr. Norquist,

You’d likewise be forced on tax increases for the rich to insist.


If revenue is recycled as tax cuts for the working and middle class,

Americans for Tax Reform would have to push for that legislation to pass.


No? Then it looks to me like you’re trying to hedge

On your sacred Taxpayer Protection Pledge.


(The hypocrisy’s not surprising, since Americans for Tax Reform

Generally opposes most tax reform.)


But then that would be “political gamesmanship of the lowest order.”

I know you’d never do that, so I guess an apology is in order.

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NB: According to the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, anti-taxers must also oppose “any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses.” However, it would be possible to increase tax revenue from the wealthy by changing the top tax brackets and/or Social Security Tax ceiling. These additional revenues would then be offset by reductions in tax rates for the working and middle class, all still in accordance with ATR’s sacred pledge. So how about it, Grover?

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