If Ronald Reagan were a part of the current circus we call the republican presidential primary, could he gain the republican nomination for president? Well if you ask Grover Norquist the answer would be no. Ronald Reagan along with the 97th, 98th, 99th, and 100th congress raised taxes. According to former Senator Alan Simpson (R) “Ronald Reagan, a dear friend, raised taxes 11 times in his administration — I was there.” The Republican Party has essentially been taken hostage by right wing fanatics, the tea party, and the all influential Grover Norquist. As President of “Americans for Tax Reform” Grover is the holder of the anti-tax pledge that numerous state, county, and federal elected officials have signed. Norquist has also promised to publicly identify those who break the pledge, and support a primary opponent against them the next election cycle. If Ronald Reagan joined Romney, Paul, Gingrich, & Perry for the Republican nomination for president, Norquist would undeniably support the candidate who would be the anti-Reagan.
No one likes taxes, but the old cliché goes “there are three things promised in life: death, taxes and Ron Paul supporters.” The anti-tax movement resembles the fight against King George III, and the fight against taxation without representation. In today’s highly polarized political climate, to be anti-tax is to be unpatriotic. America is face with a horrendous debt that both Republicans and Democrats are responsible for. Spending cuts to entitlements, and tax increases are the only plausible solutions to getting our fiscal house in order. Republicans would have you believe that raising taxes will stunt economic growth and reduce incentives to create jobs. What they really are saying is that “I agree that we should couple spending cuts with tax increases, but if I vote yes to raise taxes, Grover will come after me.” The party of Abraham Lincoln, the grownups, the so called experts on foreign policy, has been reduced to …Cowards!