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November 30, 2012 at 7:00 AM

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Politicians begin abandoning Grover Norquist anti-tax pledge

Follow-up on state GOP representatives
Great story on the Grover Norquist pledge [“GOP's anti-tax generation stands at budget crossroads,” News, Nov. 27] and it’s about time.
Now do a follow-up story on Washington state’s Republican representatives, all of whom have signed the pledge. I would like to hear from them about why they signed the pledge and what they plan to do about it in the future.

—Lynn Pierle, Port Townsend

Don’t expect the same people to change

I agree with The Seattle Times editorial’s basic premise about the no-tax pledge [“It’s over, Grover,” Opinion, Nov. 29]. I do, however disagree with the last sentence about the voters: “They expect results and will vote accordingly.”

Really? Going into the last election, Congress had an 8 percent approval rating. And, for the most part, the voters returned all of them to office.

How does the voting public expect different results when they keep sending the same people to Washington?

—Timothy Thompson, Kent

Wary of pushy pledges

One doesn't have to be a Democrat to be happy that Grover Norquist's anti-tax spell over Republican legislators seems to be dying the sort of death befitting most forms of demagoguery. One need only be someone concerned with doing the right thing at the right time, allowing for flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances that will benefit the most people while causing the least pain for those same people.

And if we can learn anything from Norquist, who wielded his power without benefit of the vote of even one American, it is that many pledges of many sorts just don't work in a complex world of shifting needs, filled with individuals who are able to see beyond simplistic slogans and bald desires to remain in political office.

As we should shun anyone who always pledges to not raise taxes, we also should stay away from those who say, for instance, that if elected they always would work to raise taxes. Because one can see (with any imagination) a time when there could be no end to ridiculous pledges.


If we Americans are indeed not idiots, then we should be very wary of anyone who would seek to push pledges upon us that would betray our intelligence and our national sense of decency.


—Mary Stanik, Minneapolis, Minn.


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