GOP Senator: I’ll Violate Tax Pledge For ‘Good Of Country’

For those wondering why I began my article the other day on Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) stating that I’m not a big supporter of his, the following article is a demonstration of why I don’t support Senator Graham. He is now ready to jump on board with other Republicans who are looking to cave to Barack Obama and the Democrats “solution” for the fiscal cliff. Graham said he would violate the pledge he made, just like Senator Saxby Chambliss said he would.

Graham appeared on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopolis and said, “I’m willing to generate revenue, It’s fair to ask my party to put revenue on the table. We’re below historic averages. I will not raise tax rates to do it. I will cap deductions. If you cap deductions around the $30,000, $40,000 range, you can raise $1 trillion in revenue, and the people who lose their deductions are the upper-income Americans. But to do this, I just don’t want to promise the spending cuts. I want entitlement reforms. Republicans always put revenue on the table. Democrats always promise to cut spending. Well, we never cut spending. What I’m looking for is more revenue for entitlement reform before the end of the year.”

Graham went on to say, “When you’re $16 trillion in debt, the only pledge we should be making to each other is to avoid becoming Greece, and Republicans — Republicans should put revenue on the table. We’re this far in debt. We don’t generate enough revenue. Capping deductions will help generate revenue. Raising tax rates will hurt job creation.”

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“I agree with Grover, we shouldn’t raise rates, but I think Grover is wrong when it comes to we can’t cap deductions and buy down debt,” Graham said. “What do you do with the money? I want to buy down debt and cut rates to create jobs, but I will violate the pledge, long story short, for the good of the country, only if Democrats will do entitlement reform.”

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Anyone else heard this before? Well if you read the article on Senator Chambliss, this is identical to his statement. Chambliss said last Wednesday, “I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge. If we do it [Norquist’s] way, then we’ll continue in debt and I just have a disagreement with him about that.”

Chambliss and Graham are not the only ones talking like this. Unsurprisingly Senator John McCain (R-AZ) also supported Graham’s position.

Representative Peter “I think Obama’s ‘kill list’ is Constitutional” King (R-NY) was on Meet The Press Sunday and said he was willing to break the pledge as well.

“A pledge you signed 20 years ago, 18 years ago, is for that Congress,” King said. “For instance, if I were in Congress in 1941, I would have signed the declaration of war against Japan. I’m not going to attack Japan today. The world has changed. The economic situation is different. Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill realized that in the 1980s. I think everything should be on the table. I am opposed to tax increases. The speaker and the majority leader and the president will be in a room trying to find the best package. I’m not going to prejudge it. And we should not be taking ironclad positions.”

South Carolina State Senator Tom Davis took to Facebook, posting the Huffington Post’s article titled Lindsey Graham: ‘I will Violate The Pledge’ Not To Increase Taxes and commented, “GOP politicians vow to raise taxes, act like it’s patriotic. We’re now completely through the looking-glass.”

Graham says he’ll break the pledge if there is entitlement reform, but Obama has already demonstrated that he will alter welfare reform when he changed the work requirements on the Welfare Reform Act signed by Bill Clinton. I don’t hear any serious talk about real, serious cuts to spending. Why is it that Washington is always looking for revenue no matter what it does to the people of the country? It’s because Washington has not been put in a place where they are cut off.

These ‘fiscal cliff’ talks are going to be bad for Americans. I can see it coming, but I’m also hoping that people will pay attention and remember those that not only fail to honor their word, but openly said they would break it. No one forced Lindsey Graham, Peter King, or Saxby Chambliss to sign that pledge. They did it willingly and now they make excuses for potentially breaking their word “for the good of the country.” In the end, we all know it’s for the “good of their political careers.”

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