According to Grover Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform, “Not continuing a tax cut is not technically a tax increase.” Wait, what?
Let’s look at this logically: If a tax cut is allowed to expire, then the amount of taxes people pay will increase. If raising taxes isn’t a tax increase, then those words have absolutely no meaning.
The truth is that this is just more Orwellian double-speak, based in partisanship rather than principle. Norquist’s claim will give Republicans who pledged not to raise taxes an out for the coming election cycle, allowing them to retain the congressional majority.
Norquist later tried to take back what he said, but the old saying remains true: With friends like these, who needs enemies?Published in