Who Is The Man In The Middle Of The Fiscal Cliff Debate

12:07 AM, Nov 29, 2012   |    comments
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Undated -- 34 days is all we have left before all the politicking has to stop and we have to deal with this fiscal cliff.

As we all hope Congress can do their job and compromise, work together and agree, we've discovered many of them have signed a pledge not to negotiate initiated by a man named Grover Norquist.

Sen. Carl Levin, (D) Michigan said, "The key here is whether or not the Republicans will move away from the ideologically rigid position, which has been the Grover Norquist pledge, which most of them signed, that they will not go for additional revenues."

Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R) South Carolina said, "When you're $16 trillion in debt, the only pledge we should be making to each other is to avoid becoming Greece, and Republicans -- Republicans should put revenue on the table."

So who is this Grover Norquist, you ask? He's a lobbyist and president of "Americans for Tax Reform." According to their website, the organization was founded in 1985 at President Reagan's request. Their mission is to limit the size and cost of government and oppose higher taxes. 

According to their website, 238 house members and 41 senators took the pledge to oppose all tax increases. Now, some of them say they have to go back on their pledge to prevent going over the fiscal cliff. 

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