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    You may have wondered why John Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives, refuses to even discuss the specific right or wrong of any tax legislation. You need only search the internet for ‘Grover Norquist' and the 'Taxpayer Protection Pledge.'  It can be found at the America for Tax Reform website.  
    As of this date, unelected Grover Norquist, accountable to no taxpayer or voter, has managed to persuade 235 United States Representatives and 41 United States Senators, who are accountable to taxpayers, to sign a pledge to refuse to support any tax at all, whatever the reason, thus in effect ignoring their oath of office and its obligations.  
    Norquist says, "I don't want to abolish the government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the tub.”
    Here is the Pledge, Grover Norquist’s ”Gift’ to the taxpayers he claims to protect:
    “I, __, pledge to the taxpayers of the __ District of the state of__ and all the people of this state that I will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes.”

    Here is the current Federal Oath of office, which was enacted in 1884:
    “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”
    The public swearing-in ceremony consists of elected Representatives or Senators raising their right hands and repeating the oath of office. This ceremony is led by the Speaker of the House, and no religious texts are used. Some members of Congress later hold separate private ceremonies for photo ops.
    Compare the Pledge with the oath of office that each Representative or Senator on the Pledge list has to take.  Do you see a conflict of interest?  Really?  So do I.
    If you do see a conflict, then call your Representative or Senator, and ask if he or she has signed up to the 'Pledge' and ask them if THEY see the conflict or not.  Remind them that Midterm elections  arrive in 2014.
    Why should a federal officer, who has sworn to uphold the United States Constitution, refuse to perform due diligence to his or her duty?
    That duty is specified in Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution, which reads in part. “…Section 8, 1: The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;…”
    With authority comes obligations, in this case the obligation to raise the necessary revenue to support Government commitments. In appropriation bills, a need may arise to raise the revenue to support the changing equipment needs for the military.

    The problem comes with the phrase in the So-called Pledge that says, “…I will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes.”  If the English language means anything, the ‘any and all’ means exactly that: ‘any and all.’

    I’m not a lawyer, but I am a taxpayer, and I don’t want my Representative or Senator using a so-called ‘Pledge’ to parse his or her Constitutional duty to act, one of them being to vote for, not against any appropriation bill that is needed for the defense of the Republic.

    In the 2012 Elections, President Obama was re-elected with a majority vote, both Electoral and Public, sufficient to warrant pressing on with tax legislation that would remove the Bush era tax cuts from those who earn $250,000 and up, and retain them for the middle class.  That legislation passed in the Senate on July 26, with a 51-48 majority.  During his acceptance speech, a re-elected President Obama raised a pen in the air and announced to all that it could be used to end the coming conflict.  Now I do not care if Speaker Boehner gets a hernia of the throat when he votes ‘aye’, or if it brings tears to his eyes.  I want to remind him and all those who have signed the ’Pledge’ that we may not wait until 2016, midterms arrive in 2014, at which time he may have real cause to cry.  

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