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Monday, June 4, 2012

It's Over, Grover

An interesting scrap is developing within the Republican party between those who still take seriously Gover Norquist’s No New Taxes pledge and those who think that, like it or not, tax revenue increases might have to be part of the solution to our debt crisis.  Jeb Bush said the other day “If you could bring to me a majority of people to say that we’re going to have $10 in spending cuts for $1 of revenue enhancement -- put me in, coach.” He added with respect to the Norquist pledge, “I don’t believe you outsource your principles and convictions to people.”  In response, Grover Norquist accused Bush of “insulting” Mitt Romney, who has pledged not to increase taxes, and has specifically rejected the 10:1 spending cut/tax increase ratio mentioned above. 

Hey, Grover
It’s over:
Your day in the sun.
You’re no longer the one
Republicans say they won’t sign
The pledge that was your design
Jeb Bush says that Grover is out of it
And Grover says Jeb is insulting Mitt.
So where does Mitt stand with respect to this unseemly fray?
He’s said he won’t ever raise taxes, there’s simply no way.
But I wonder if now he won’t play Etch-A-Sketch
And listen to reason, although it’s a stretch.
Hey, Mitt, it’s really no crime
To think for yourself at this time,
Don’t outsource belief
Please act like a chief -
Tell Grover
It’s over.

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