‘Plan B’ Update: Norquist thumbs up; DeMint thumbs down

House Speaker John Boehner has gotten scattered grumbling from conservatives in his caucus over his leverage-seeking plan to vote on a proposal to extend marginal tax rates for all income at $1 million or below — allowing taxes to rise on income above that level. But Americans for Tax Reform’s Grover Norquist (you might have heard of him) has Boehner’s back — for now — in a way that likely seals Republican support for the measure. Hot off the presses from ATR:

ATR has consistently maintained that individual Members of Congress make a pledge to their constituents to oppose and vote against tax increases.  The House this week will vote on a tax bill.  This legislation—popularly known as “Plan B”–permanently prevents a tax increase on families making less than $1 million per year.  Republicans supporting this bill are this week affirming to their constituents in writing that this bill—the sole purpose of which is to prevent tax increases—is consistent with the pledge they made to them.  In ATR’s analysis, it is extremely difficult—if not impossible—to fault these Republicans’ assertion.

In particular, in this Congress the House has already voted twice to prevent any tax increases on any American.  When viewed with this in mind, and considering this tax bill contains no tax increases of any kind—in fact, it permanently prevents them—matters become more clear.  Having finally seen actual legislation in writing, ATR is now able to make its determination about a legislative proposal related to the fiscal cliff. ATR will not consider a vote for this measure a violation of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

Update 12:58 p.m.: Heritage Action for America, the advocacy arm of the Heritage Foundation — which South Carolina’s Jim DeMint is leaving the U.S. Senate to run — is coming out hard against ‘Plan B.’ So it’s Norquist v. DeMint. Game on. From Heritage Action:

On Thursday, the House is expected to vote on “Plan B,” which would allow tax rates to increase on some Americans and small businesses.  The plan is based on an idea floated by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in 2010 and endorsed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) earlier this year.

America’s coming fiscal crisis is a result of overspending, not under-taxing.  Allowing a tax increase to hit a certain segment of Americans and small businesses is not a solution; it is a political ploy.

The Heritage Foundation explains that such a “maneuver succeeds only if the House Republican leadership permits it.”  Moreover, decoupling the 2001- and 2003-era tax rates would “constitute a clear path toward surrender on conservative principles.”  Taking money out of the private sector to fund the public sector is not only misguided, it is counterproductive.  Reversing course on the need for higher taxes will only serve to embolden the left’s big-government agenda.  History has shown tax increases do little to stem annual deficits; in fact, deficits tend to increase.

To date, President Obama has proven to be fundamentally unserious about tackling our nation’s coming fiscal crisis.  America needs real leaders proposing real solutions, such as those found in Heritage’s Saving the American Dream plan or even the previous House-passed budget.  That seriousness of purpose is undermined when a political party embraces the other side’s political gimmick, as is the case with the Schumer-Pelosi tax plan.

Heritage Action opposes “Plan B” and will include it as a key vote on our legislative scorecard.

- By Daniel Malloy, Political Insider

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25 comments Add your comment

Wondering

December 19th, 2012
12:11 pm

Now that that is settled …

ByteMe

December 19th, 2012
12:30 pm

When you see a parade, hop in front of it and claim you lead it.

Idontgetit

December 19th, 2012
12:36 pm

So I guess instead of $1 million, $200k would be ok as well? And how can Congress pass a bill that says they will NEVER do anything again?

George Marshall

December 19th, 2012
12:51 pm

All the politicians are fearful of Norquist the little dictator. What a sorry bunch of wimps we have in Congress.

Laughing at the republicans

December 19th, 2012
1:08 pm

I love it when the pit bulls at the pound start fighting with each other. They each know they’re going to be euthanized, but they still want to bit at the other dog’s throat.

So it is when the republicans start talking with each other. Go at it, boys.

The rest of the country will move on.

brianc

December 19th, 2012
1:13 pm

The purpose of ATA’s convoluted statement is clear: the writing is on the wall that taxes are going up, no matter what, and if Boehner brings a vote to allow the rates to only go up on millionaires, and Republicans fail to vote for even that, then their public approval will sinkk even further. On the other hand, if Republicans vote for it, then Norquist has clearly lost his influence on this issue. So he twists logic to claim it isn’t a tax increase in order to save face.

brianc

December 19th, 2012
1:13 pm

The purpose of ATA’s convoluted statement is clear: the writing is on the wall that taxes are going up, no matter what, and if Boehner brings a vote to allow the rates to only go up on millionaires, and Republicans fail to vote for even that, then their public approval will sinkk even further. On the other hand, if Republicans vote for it, then Norquist has clearly lost his influence on this issue. So he twists logic to claim it isn’t a tax increase in order to save face.

fedup

December 19th, 2012
1:19 pm

The elephants are really afraid of the mice (voters). Before Nov 6 they were standing their ground because uncle Rove said they will wipe out the donkey.

JF McNamara

December 19th, 2012
1:22 pm

First, Grover Norquist was not elected to any office. If my Congressman or Senator needs his approval, then I need a new Congressman or Senator.

Secondly, imposing a never raise tax rule is dumb. What if we are in a war and need money for defense?

ITS ALL BUSH'S FAULT

December 19th, 2012
1:32 pm

I vote to give Norquist the finger.

Sad Sack

December 19th, 2012
1:38 pm

Who gives a rodent’s rectum what Grover Norquist approves or disapproves of?

And who names their kid Grover? No wonder he’s so messed up…

Roy

December 19th, 2012
1:39 pm

Take a minute to Google (look up) the definition of fascism, if it has been awhile since you have done so. Substitute “Norquist” for “leader” and see if the shoe fits.

Kris

December 19th, 2012
1:43 pm

@ JF, ITS and Sad…I do not give a RATS ASS they have held America hostage way too long….
they need to go!
Amen ….

Aunt Thelma

December 19th, 2012
2:08 pm

Be assured, Grover is going “over the cliff” and President will not provide a soft landing as he will veto Plan B.

Voter

December 19th, 2012
2:37 pm

True politicians in the White House, as the saying goes ” The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny and it is useless for the innocent to try by reasoning to get justice, when the oppressor intends to be unjust “

DJ Sniper

December 19th, 2012
3:19 pm

I just want to know what kind of dirt Grover Norquist has on these elected officials.

Voter

December 19th, 2012
4:23 pm

barry hussein obama is not interested in anything that is good for the American people. He is interested in only in taking the rights away from Congress and ultimately the American people. Socialism needs a dictator and he is volunteering for the job. Look at what he has done now. A tragedy in Conn. and in a few days he forms a Task Force to try and fix the problem. He has yet to submit a budget, he spends more money than he takes in and wants more power. Wake up people.

One Who Knows...

December 19th, 2012
5:32 pm

I’ll take the opinion of Heritage over Norquist any day….

yuzeyurbrane

December 19th, 2012
5:34 pm

Obama is giving away the store again. The man does not know how to bargain.

Travis McGee

December 19th, 2012
5:55 pm

Boehner’s troops are so divided and he’s up for re-election to Weeper of the House — he can’t negotiate in good faith.

So, he’s just going to kick the can donw the road into the New Year with a newly seated congress — after he’s re-elected. Working with the Republicans and the Tea Party must be like trying to herd cats — no, it’d be easier to herd cats.

What we are watching is proof positive that if you can get all the fools on your side you can be elected to anything as someone once said.

JamVet

December 19th, 2012
6:20 pm

Wake up people.

They did.

Look at the results of November 6th. (And for you short memory types, that is three times in the past four elections.)

After thirty years of deadly incompetence, you crusading, globally cooled, (W)orst ever trickle downers and McCarthyites are imploding.

And it cannot happen fast enough for me.

And I am more heartened than ever by this hijacked GOP’s self-immolation.

Occupy that.

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Voter

December 19th, 2012
7:48 pm

@JamVet – Well then wait til your taxes increase and healthcare cost increases and liberties disappear. Then who will you blame?

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