Democrats scrape barrel as Reid wrongly bashes Norquist

Harry Reid attempts to scapegoat Grover Norquist in the Senate on Thursday. Shame some people were actually listening...

by Phoenix on 30 December 2012 22:20

If you're an avid follower of US politics, you know about Harry Reid, and you know all about Grover Norquist.

(What you might not know so much about is the 'fiscal cliff' that everyone keeps talking about. Read up on that here.)

To cut a long story short, Grover's organisation, 'Americans for Tax Reform' once upon a time introduced a 'Taxpayer Protection Pledge' which legislators were asked to sign to in order to stave off unnecessary tax rises.

The signatories, mainly Republican legislators, have recently been attacked for their lack of flexibility over the measures required to keep America away from the aforementioned fiscal cliff.

Right, that's the boring stuff over.

What's interesting is that Senate Majority Leader, Democrat Harry Reid gave a rambling little speech in the chamber on Thursday accusing Norquist and his ilk of being the major problem.

Sadly for Harry and his boss Barry (Obama), it's not the case - and the kind of lies being propagated by Obama's administration and the Democratic Party are precisely why as of today, America is no closer to a solution.

“We can’t get past Grover Norquist,” said Reid. He went on to blame Norquist for killing House Speaker John Boehner’s “Plan B” proposal - a last resort bill said to keep as many Americans from seeing their taxes rise next year.

“Grover and the boys said, ‘No, you can’t do that,’” Reid said of Boehner’s proposal.

But Norquist's organisation. Americans for Tax Reform had already issued a statement on the 'Plan B' bill. It said:

"This legislation — popularly known as “Plan B” — permanently prevents a tax increase on families making less than $1 million per year. Republicans supporting this bill are this week affirming to their constituents in writing that this bill — the sole purpose of which is to prevent tax increases — is consistent with the pledge they made to them."

The organization also said: “ATR will not consider a vote for this measure a violation of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.”



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