SHREWSBURY, Mass. — The Shrewsbury Daily Voice accepts letters to the editor. Signed letters may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To the Editor:
Scott Brown is not for us...he has said that he acts as an independent voice for Massachusetts and represents his constituents, but what he fails to mention is that first and foremost, he is actually beholden to Grover Norquist, the Republican lobbyist and operative. Scott Brown has signed the Grover Norquist no new tax pledge, in which he pledges to: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.
Politicians should never make open ended pledges, particularly to a private citizen with a strategy to shrink government by forcing huge cuts in programs important to millions of Americans. When asked about the disenfranchised, Norquist's response is: "They need to learn to take care of themselves." Even President George H.W. Bush has stated that, "The rigidity of those pledges is something I don't like...the circumstances change and you can't be wedded to some formula by Grover Norquist."
The pledge makes it impossible for those who have signed it to represent their states, because, if you sign the no new tax increase pledge, and then vote for a tax increase, Norquist and his money will oppose you at your next re-election campaign. Norquist will spend limitless funds to beat you down and defeat you, and for this reason, those representatives who have signed the pledge will not compromise. They fear for their jobs and they fear Grover Norquist. Therefore, they cannot fully represent their own constituents. The Grover Norquist Tax Pledge totally eliminates the concept of careful thought and compromise.
Whenever a politician claims, like Scott Brown has, that he will strongly support his constituents, we constituents deserve to know whether that support is conditional on not interfering with his prior pledge to Norquist. No one can claim independence if they have voluntarily promised to make opposing any tax increase their top priority in any discussions about debt reduction. Our representatives need to act effectively and compromise when necessary.
We need a Senator who will be an advocate for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, not Grover Norquist, a private citizen in Washington, DC. Please join me in voting for Elizabeth Warren for United States Senate.
Lisa J. Talbot, Shrewsbury