January 29, 2006
Sen. Rick Santorum (R., Pa.) is trying to do an extreme makeover, in broad daylight. He's trying to paper over his central role in a now-infamous program to boost Republicans' clout among Washington lobbyists. As the huge and seedy Jack Abramoff scandal unfolds in Congress, Santorum has discovered a newly urgent desire to restrict lobbying. Well and good, all willing hands welcome. But no voter should fall for the senator's attempt to obscure his ties to the so-called "K Street Project," named after the street that is home to many lobbying firms.
November 26, 2012 |
For a generation, it has been Republican orthodoxy: No tax hikes. Period. And, if they knew what was good for them, GOP candidates for Congress, governor, or president, would as a matter of course publicly sign conservative lobbyist Grover Norquist's pledge to eschew any tax increase, even by closing loopholes or tweaking the code. Norquist, the enforcer of the true faith, stores the signed pledges in a vault in the Washington offices of his advocacy group, Americans for Tax Reform, and he has often threatened primary challenges for those who break their word.
October 17, 2014 |
Puff, puff tax - that could be the reality for e-cigarette users if a bill introduced in City Council yesterday gets passed. Just like the city's $2-per-pack tax on tobacco cigarettes that went into effect a couple weeks ago, this new $2 tax on e-cigs would go to the public schools. "No idea should be off the table when it comes to finding new dollars for the school district," said Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, primary sponsor of the bill. Brown introduced the measure with the help of Councilman Bill Greenlee, who earlier this year got the sale of e-cigs to minors banned as well as puffing in public places.
August 14, 2015 |
Gov. Christie on Wednesday criticized presidential rival Jeb Bush as "re-litigating" the Iraq War, arguing that the unpopular conflict is "not a winning fight" for the Republican Party as it seeks to win the White House in 2016. Christie's remarks to the conservative radio host Laura Ingraham came a day after Bush, a former Florida governor, accused President Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton of hastening a "premature withdrawal" from Iraq and allowing the Islamic State to fill a void.
December 7, 1999 |
Republican congressional candidate Melissa Brown, calling herself the only true fiscally conservative candidate for the 13th District seat, said yesterday she would not vote to raise taxes if elected next year. At a news conference at the Montgomery County courthouse, Brown signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge of the national conservative advocacy group Americans for Tax Reform. It opposes any efforts to increase income-tax rates for individuals and businesses. Recently, Brown's opponent in the Republican primary, State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R., Montgomery)
November 21, 2012
Petraeus not worth worshiping Thank you, Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis, for speaking out against the idol worshipping of former Gen. David Petraeus ("More than one mistake," Tuesday). The adoration of Petraeus by members of Congress had a large part in allowing mistakes to be made in Iraq and Afghanistan. The fact that the general was caught committing adultery has brought him down, but his worst sin was his persistence in sending so many to their deaths for a lost cause. Diane L. Donato, West Chester, email@example.com Don't let Norquist run state I did not vote for antitax promoter Grover Norquist for governor of Pennsylvania.
November 15, 2011 |
A quarter of a century ago, antitax crusader Grover Norquist began asking politicians to pledge to "oppose and vote against tax increases. " Pledge they did, from state capitals to Capitol Hill. A few, such as South Jersey's Rob Andrews, were Democrats. For Republicans, the no-tax oath became an article of faith, second only to filing papers for candidacy. Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform group now lists 238 House members, 41 senators, and 13 governors (including Gov. Corbett)
July 20, 2011 |
The epidemic pledge business is not merely a Republican presidential gambit but also, I suspect, a way of getting the electorate to pay attention to candidates who don't seem to be performing any meaningful work on a daily basis. I'm talking about you, Michele Bachmann, and, also you, Rick Santorum. For those keeping count, Bachmann and Santorum have signed multiple pledges to be faithful to their spouses, oppose same-sex marriage, reject Sharia law (was this a problem here?
October 30, 2003 |
Six state House members are coming under attack from a national group for voting to increase Pennsylvania's income tax last week after pledging not to do so. The half dozen "turned their backs on their constituents," said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, the group that designed the pledge. "There is no reason for voters to ever believe another word they say. " But some of those who made the group's "Hall of Shame," including Reps. Matthew N. Wright (R., Bucks)