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Bentley Isn't the Only Grover Norquist Disciple In Alabama

by: mooncat

Tue Apr 03, 2012 at 12:00:00 PM CDT

As we've already mentioned, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has pledged to never raise taxes (especially on the wealthy) no matter how broke the state of Alabama is, but Bentley isnt' the only sucker who signed Grover Norquist's pledge to get government "down to the size where we can drown in the bathtub."  Grover NorquistOther Alabama officials who put their allegiance to Norquist above their responsibility to the citizens of Alabama (as of yesterday) are:

Three people who hold statewide offices:

  1. Atty. Gen. Luther Strange (R)
  2. Treas. Young Boozer (R)
Sec. of State Beth Chapman (R)

Grover Norquist7 out of 35 (that's 20%!!) state senators:

  1. Paul Bussman (R, S-4)
  2. Jerry Fielding (D, S-11)
  3. Rusty Glover (R, S-34)
  4. Jimmy W. Holley (R, S-31)
  5. Paul Sanford (R, S-7)
  6. Clay Scofield (R, S-9)
  7. Tom Whatley (R, S-27)

Grover Norquist14 out of 104 state representatives:

  1. Daniel Boman (D*, H-16)
  2. Duwayne Bridges (R, H-38)
  3. Steve Clouse (R, H-93)
  4. Craig Ford (D, H-28)
  5. Steve Hurst (R, H-35)

  6. Wes Long (R, H-27)

  7. Jay Love (R, H-74)

  8. Mary Sue McClurkin (R, H-43)
  9. Grover NorquistJohn H. Merrill (R, H-62)
  10. Barry Moore (R, H-91)
  11. Bill Roberts (R, H-13)
  12. Mark M. Tuggle (R, H-81)
  13. Lesley Vance (R, H-80)
  14. Kurt Wallace (R, H-42)

All but 3 of these Norquist worshippers are Republicans (although one of the Democrats who've signed the pledge is House Minority Leader Craig Ford) and so far Norquist's website doesn't indicate that any of them want their names removed

At a time when even Republicans are calling the Norquist pledge "irresponsible," these elected officials should reconsider their priorities.  Alabama is a not-very-wealthy state with declining tax revenues.  It is irresponsible and unrealistic to proceed as though the state can balance the budget by taking all tax increases off the table.


* Boman was elected as a Republican but switched to the Democratic party last year.

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Those three Dems (4.00 / 1)

gotta go.  Remember this in the next election.

I am especially suprised about Craig Ford.

I'm not (4.00 / 1)
I was just glad more Dems weren't on that list.

Work harder and work smarter!

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Campaign procedure (4.00 / 2)
The Norquist tax pledge, as awful as it is has become a staple of politics. Much like getting the endorsement of multiple groups (AFL-CIO, ALFA, Alabama Power, Business Council, AEA, getting an A+ from the NRA, people sign the tax pledge.

But its how those operate within the tax pledge. Republicans will literally remove legislators from ballots, committees, and chairman/woman-ships over violating the tax pledge.

Not to defend Norquist or his pledge, but Democrats, including the ones in this list do not abuse the pledge. Nor do we necessarily follow it, Ford himself lead the minority in challenging businesses that pay no taxes in Alabama.

-Cody G. Jones

That's a problem (4.00 / 1)

When you're running for office, you should make no pledge that comes above the one you take to the people you represent.  Norquist's pledge has become standard procedure precisely because people who didn't intend to follow it went ahead and acted like they did.

It's a dangerous road to head down to say "we took that pledge, but don't necessarily follow it."  The next thing you know, that morphs into "we'll say any damned thing to get elected," which really rubs voters the wrong way -- with cause!  Alabama Democrats have been to that place; it was a critical stop on the way to the mess we're in.

Let's be sure we learn the right lessons from the 2010 disaster.

Work harder and work smarter!

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the pledge (4.00 / 2)
is just a smokescreen. I was there today.  Trying to pull my heart back up from ankle level so I can write about it.  They signed it to have something to point to as an excuse, but even without the pledge they would be letting this happen.  Mike Hubbard told us he sees this crisis as a chance to finally get a leaner government.  When the usually meek pediatricians told him, with tears in their voices, that children were going to die, he said curtly "thank you for your time", turned on his heel, and walked out. We are in the hands of sociopaths. 

Zealots! (4.00 / 1)
Someone already said that, but your story of Hubbard's callousness to the consequences of his "leaner government" manifesto is an example of what zealotry gets you.  Consequences don't matter -- even to children dying -- as long as they get their way.

Work harder and work smarter!

[ Parent ]
Enough of excuses.... (4.00 / 1)

"I had to sign it to get elected!"

"I voted for this crappy bill because it might help my district - even though it's bad for the rest of the state."

"If I had voted against it, the GOP would have used it against me."

Here's a newsflash, Democrats.  No matter what you do - or don't do - the GOP will be on your back about it.  And they have no trouble distorting your position or just lying.

Get used to it.

Because when you play those game and try to pass yourself off as "GOP lite" while giving Democrats a "wink, wink... vote for me anyway," all you do is depress the base.  If you won't stand up for what you really believe while running for office, why should we think you'll do it when elected - there's always another election just a few years away, after all.

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."  - John Kenneth Galbraith



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