Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Fuss Over No-Tax Pledge Is Misguided

The demonizing of the no-tax pledge is a perfect example of how wimpy, spineless, and relativistic our culture is becoming.

Grover Norquist has become public enemy #1.

While a Nebraska state senator, I attended a meeting hosted by Norquist in Omaha. He was head of a tax advocacy group pushing state senators to sign a state no-tax pledge.

I was irritated that some outside advocate was demanding that I had to jump through his hoop to be certified as fiscally conservative. I was the one taking punches in the state legislature, from Republicans as well as Democrats, for fighting tax hikes.

However, I think I signed that pledge, and I definitely would sign the federal pledge that is drawing so much fire now, because it's the only leverage the people have. Politicians have proven themselves incapable of entering the bubble of the state or federal capitol and resisting the siren songs of promoters of the status quo.

The sad spectacle repeats itself. Elephants/RINOs get stampeded by donkeys braying about the "sensible" position that tax hikes must be part of the solution to the fiscal crisis.

What is wrong with a pledge? Critics say: You shouldn't commit yourself to a course of action without knowing what variables you might face.

And there it is: relativism. No absolute standards. Everything is loosey-goosey. No one can hold me accountable for anything if I insist that everything is in flux and I can't be expected to be bound by unchanging principles and promises.

No wonder marriage is an institution under assault in our culture.

Our country is being ruined by politicians who spend irresponsible amounts of federal taxpayer dollars. It is appropriate, even necessary, for citizens to know before casting votes whether candidates on their ballots have pledged to not raise taxes, and thus not accommodate the desire for more spending.

Republicans should stop whining about it and focus all of their effort on reducing spending to fit the revenue available.

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