Another GOPer Flees Titanic: Lindsay Graham Going to Spurn Norquist to Prevent Falling of “Fiscal Cliff”

Yet another passenger of the Norquist GOP Titanic is jumping ship before it — and perhaps the country — goes down:

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday said he is ready to violate conservative activist Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge to reach a deal to avoid the looming “fiscal cliff.”

“I will violate the pledge, long story short, for the good of the country,” Graham said on ABC’s “This Week.” “When you’re $16 trillion in debt, the only pledge we should be making to each other is to avoid becoming Greece.”

The subtext: Norquist’s pledge is a turkey to those who want to prevent a nosedive off the fiscal cliff.

But Graham cautioned that he he would violate the pledge “only if Democrats will do entitlement reforms” and ruled our increasing tax rates.
“I am willing to generate revenue,” he said. “I will not raise tax rates to do it; I will cap deductions.”

The pledge from Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform, which has been signed by the majority of Republican lawmakers, commits signers to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses … and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.”

It’s a new era.

(Presumably)

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  • galero

    The dumbest thing that we could do is allow the retirement age to go up. When people in their fifties can’t find work because of their age, how the hell do you find a job at age 65? There are not enough super stores and fast food joints for that many senior citizens. Oh, and the minimum wage…

  • slamfu

    Its totally possible to find work at 65. Most people do it. And most people aren’t decrepit shells of healthy human beings at 65 these days either. We should absolutely raise the retirement age, that is one of the most obvious changes considering the increase in life expectancy since the 1930′s. How anyone can think we have a program like this that pays for the remainder of your life without including in the calculations how long we will be paying bennies is beyond me. It is a fundamental part of the equation, and any “Solution” that ignores it is one doomed to failure and should be ignored.