Grover Norquist bends on tax issue

The anti-tax advocate is giving Republicans a pass on legislation that would end up raising taxes for those making more than $1 million a year.

By Kim Peterson Dec 19, 2012 5:22PM
Credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
Caption: Founder of Americans for Tax Reform Grover NorquistAnti-tax stalwart Grover Norquist is squirming a bit, and you can't blame him. After two decades of hammering away on taxes and getting Republicans to fall in line, he's facing inevitable tax increases of some sort.

And so Norquist has had somewhat of a change of heart, saying Wednesday that he's OK with House Speaker John Boehner's "Plan B" legislation that would raise taxes on people earning at least $1 million a year.

"ATR will not consider a vote for this measure a violation of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge," Norquist's group, Americans for Tax Reform, wrote on its website Wednesday.

Norquist says that Republicans voting for the legislation that would raise taxes on millionaires are actually sticking with the pledge they made to oppose all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate. The Taxpayer Protection Pledge is Norquist's signature effort; he has persuaded nearly all Congressional Republicans to make it.

The issue here is largely semantics. Boehner's Plan B proposal would continue the current tax cuts for all but the wealthiest Americans. Norquist is happy with continued tax breaks. But he doesn't say anything about the other side of the coin here, which is that people making more than $1 million could see their tax rates increase.

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Dec 19, 2012 7:42PM
Dec 19, 2012 7:41PM
All you people that think increasing taxes on the rich is the way to go are fools.  The dirty little secret that no one talks about is that this is a hidden tax on everyone.  How you ask?  Who controls the prices of everything?  The rich people do so increase their taxes and what do they do?  They raise their prices and us poor saps below them pay more for their goods and services and guess what?  THEIR STILL RICH !!!!!  And we are poorer for it.  Common sense people,  they are not going to pay more taxes out of their end,  they will just raise your prices and keep maintaining their level of wealth.
Dec 19, 2012 7:27PM

Why does anyone care what Norquist thinks. Time to demand of OUR elected officials. Do you represent us or Grover. Did all of his PAC money or the Koch Bros. ,or Karl Roves really make a difference?  The GOP is totally clueless.

Dec 19, 2012 7:20PM


Fitchs threatens a downgrade of the U.S. credit rating and everybody in Washington lines up like good little boys and girls and takes orders the way they should.



Dec 19, 2012 7:14PM
i say to you grover...tear down that wall! release boehner's boner!
Dec 19, 2012 7:09PM

I wish everyone would recognize and acknowledge that taxing the rich only solves an extremely small part of the problem.  I fear some people actually believe simply raising the taxes on the rich, somehow, magically solves all our problems.  It does not even come close. It barely scratches the surface.  The REAL work and REAL leadership (need from both parties)  will come from addressing  the really tough issues:  True spending cuts vs. reducing the growth rate on spending.  Spending is out of control.  Throwing good money at a bad system (Healthcare, Education, to name of few) is not necessarily the best solution.  Neither is doing nothing.  Tough decisions need to made, there will be pain and sacrifice required from everyone.   True entitlement reform, which will be very tough and require shared sacrifice and looking at different solutions.  Need to much more than just raising the eligibility age.  Education reform (not simply dumping more money into an already broken system).  Healtcare reform, NOT the oxymoronic Affordable Healtcare Act  - AKA Obamacare -- that is a trainwreck.  Defense cuts and reform are needed.   I'm sure there are many more issues I have not mentioned.



Dec 19, 2012 7:07PM

Any who signed a pledge against raising taxes or performing any other part of the job as an elected official, representing ALL constituents , not just their party.  should be tried for treason!


Dec 19, 2012 6:58PM
Hold the line or cut taxes, give an inch and Obama will take everything.  Obama always got some way to take everything,  Excuse for everything. 
Dec 19, 2012 6:56PM
Is Norquist a elected official?  Didn't think so. Shut the hell up fella...and to hell with the Repubs who signed that pledge. Your asses belong to us Americans not some right wing dousche!!

Do something for the country that you were elected and paid for.
Dec 19, 2012 6:44PM
bye bye  norquist! let go of mr.boehner's go nad''s over the cliff we go!
Dec 19, 2012 6:40PM

Plan B is ok with Norquist, because the only thing nearer to Norquist's heart than his tax agenda is his job.  The House Republicans are on the chopping block for the fiscal cliff and America has already sided with the President on the issue - by a landslide.  No deal - lose the elections in 2014.



Dec 19, 2012 6:30PM
People who make over  million dollars a year don't get a W-2 with 6 0's. Instead they  get numerous types or deferred compensation such as stock options hidden perks. and benefits. Many don't even have a job as such, and pay reduced taxes on long term gains and foreign accounts..  They and their financial people are gurus of hiding compensation from the tax man. Wasn't this made very public with Romney's disclosure? I don't think there will be a lot of revenue generated by this leglesation.
Dec 19, 2012 6:29PM
I think we should expect congress to cut dollar for dollar on their pensions, and medical benefits  when they cut any of ours, it's only fair.
Dec 19, 2012 6:16PM
Who gives a **** about what this **** thinks-**** him!
Dec 19, 2012 6:15PM

If the thought of that punk NORQUIST running the way your elected representatives and Senators think, doesn't offend you then you really should not vote at all.

Really, he is OK with raising taxes on people making $1 million or more? Ok then boehner, go vote!!

Dec 19, 2012 6:03PM

Anyone over 200/250K starting in 12 days will have to pay a 4.7% increase in taxes that was burried in ObamaCare.


Those 1 million earners according to plan B will pay  44.3% marginal tax rate and below that 39.7%.


Obama already got his increase he just wants more and more and more. Time's greedy president of the year award is what Obama deserves.


We go off the "cliff" its his fault since he got what he wants in ObamaCare hidden fees.

Dec 19, 2012 5:57PM
Who give a crap on what he has to say?
Dec 19, 2012 5:54PM
Grover should be run out of Washington.
Dec 19, 2012 5:45PM
We will never have the discipline to make the changes needed to put us on the prudent fiscal path.
Dec 19, 2012 5:36PM
$3 in cuts for every $1 increase in revenues. It's the only sane thing to do. I'm talking true cuts in spending, not budget cuts, because budgets can be increased and then cut to give the illusion of  less spending.
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