“I will violate the pledge … for the good of the country”

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Matt Vasilogambros @ National Journal:

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., bucked Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist and his anti-tax pledge on Sunday, the second Republican senator to do so in less than a week.

Although Graham will not give way to raising tax rates, he said Republicans need to be open to increasing government revenues.

“I think Grover is wrong,” Graham said on ABC’s This Week. “I will violate the pledge … for the good of the country.”

Last week, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., told a local television station that he is more worried about the fiscal cliff than he is about adhering to the no-new-taxes pledge, prompting a response from Norquist, Politico reported.

With fiscal cliff negotiations starting up again following the Thanksgiving break, Graham sounded optimistic that Congress could reach a deal in time to stave off the massive spending cuts and tax increases slated to take effect at the beginning of next year. Joining him in that optimism was Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.

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4 Responses to ““I will violate the pledge … for the good of the country””

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    Liberal1 (Objectivity)

    Now it’s too bad that the GOP didn’t start thinking this was previously—when they thought they could make Obama a one-term president, instead of allowing the situation to get worse. Of course, it doesn’t matter to Lindsey Graham—he gets paid either way.

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    Conservative legislators must just do nothing. They have already worked with the feckless opposition in preparing legislation to move the country forward. Amazing thing is that the Won signed it into law in 2011. We survived the destruction of the Carter years and the Clinton Cold War “Peace Dividend” and we will survive the effects of sequestration until Americans are actually forced to acknowledge their complicity in electing this disgraceful, fraud (sorry for the double negative). Good Americans will be ready and willing to repair the country when the “Moocher” addicts wake up or are forced to actually do something for their on survival (one can only hope – if not, then Darwin will prevail).

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