Norquist: Ne­go­ti­a­tions look bright for con­ser­va­tives

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

Grover Norquist, pres­i­dent of Amer­i­cans for Tax Re­form, ar­gued Wednes­day that Repub­li­cans have the ad­van­tage in cur­rent fis­cal ne­go­ti­a­tions on Capi­tol Hill be­cause of the across­the-board spend­ing cuts cur­rently in ef­fect.

He likened the so-called “se­ques­tra­tion” cuts, which Democrats have crit­i­cized as ar­bi­trary and un­nec­es­sar­ily deep, as a loosely fit­ting “choke col­lar” the GOP can em­ploy as a tac­tic in lieu of agree­ing to tax in­creases.

“This is what win­ning looks like,” the long­time anti-tax ad­vo­cate said at the Wash­ing­ton Ideas Fo­rum, when it was pointed out that fewer peo­ple are talk­ing about his group’s no-tax-hike pledge these days. “Be­cause the other team doesn’t talk about rais­ing taxes.”


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