A Republican came out on the floor of the House against Grover Norquist and his no-tax pledge.
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) launched a verbal assault on unconventional targets Tuesday, taking aim at Grover Norquist and his highly influential tax policy group, Americans for Tax Reform.
In a speech from the House floor, Wolf accused Norquist and Americans for Tax Reform of complicating the deficit-cutting process with their efforts to encourage Republican politicians to sign onto a “no new taxes” pledge, which has recently stretched far past the issue of personal taxes.
“Everything must be on the table, and I believe how the pledge is interpreted and enforced by Mr. Norquist is a roadblock to realistically reforming our tax code,” Wolf said, after first clarifying that he didn’t “support raising taxes on the American people.”
“Have we really reached the point where one person’s demand for ideological purity is paralyzing Congress to the point that even a discussion of tax reform is viewed as breaking a no-tax pledge?”
Mr. Norquist responded:
“He either doesn’t understand what the pledge is or he is not accurate in how he portrays it,” Norquist told National Journal. “He had a melt-down and a hissy fit and I hope he’ll sober up and get back to the issue of holding spending down, not raising taxes.
Translation: your ass is so primaried, and there will be fifteen teabaggers in their tri-cornered hats and Rascal scooters parked in front of your office screaming for blood by morning.