Current Weather
The Spy FM

Read His Lips: No New Taxes

Filed by KOSU News in US News.
July 23, 2011

President Obama and Speaker Boehner may be the center of attention in Washington right now, but just behind the scenes — and controlling a significant part of the discussion — is anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist.

In 1986, Norquist’s group Americans for Tax Reform came up with a simple document with two simple messages:

ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.

The Taxpayer Protection Pledge has since been signed by the vast majority of Republicans running for seats on Capitol Hill — including more than 250 current members of the House and Senate. And reportedly, some lawmakers have begged Norquist to relieve them from their pledge so they can strike a deal with the president and end the country’s slide towards default.

Norquist, however, told weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz that any raise in net taxes is unacceptable. “Until you say ‘no’ to tax increases, you don’t even begin a conversation about spending restraint or reforming government,” Norquist said. “When you raise taxes, the politicians spend the money. You cannot reduce the size of government while increasing taxes.”

Some in Washington hold Norquist directly responsible for the inflexibility of House Republicans in the budget debate. He disagrees. “They’re not against taxes because I asked them to. They’re not against taxes because that’s the politically popular thing to do this week. These are true believers.” [Copyright 2011 National Public Radio]

Leave a Reply

7PM to 9PM Juke Joint Revival

Juke Joint Revival

Juke Joint Revival rivals any Rockabilly/Roots show on the air today, and the host of that program, Jenni Zee, lives and breathes the Rockabilly lifestyle. Her show has drawn the attention of Rockabilly fans the world over.

Listen Live Now!

9PM to 10PM The Spy

The Spy

An eclectic mix of the Spy's library of more than 10,000 songs curated by Ferris O'Brien.

View the program guide!

10PM to 11PM The Blank Generation

The Blank Generation

Our punk show, The Blank Generation, is hosted by Katie Jones and Chad Hunnicutt. Katie has been attending punks shows for more than half her life. Chad is a member of local band, The Muck Savages.

View the program guide!

Upcoming Events in your area (Submit your event today!)

Streaming audio and podcasts

Stream KOSU on your smartphone

Phone Streaming

SmartPhone listening options on this page are intended for many iPhones, Blackberries, etc. with low-cost software applications available to listen to our full-time web streams, both News on KOSU-1 and Classical on KOSU-2.

Learn more about our complete range of streaming services

We're perfecting the patient experience - Stillwater Medical Center