Posted by | April 23, 2012 19:41 | Filed under: Contributors Sandi Behrns

by Sandi Behrns

As you are probably aware, Grover Norquist’s Americans For Tax Reform has, for many years now, presented all Republican candidates for national office with a pledge to sign. That pledge promises to oppose any and all tax increases no-matter-what, even if that “increase” is really just the closing of a loophole. The idea isn’t just about greedy people keeping more money; it’s about starving government of the revenue it needs to do its job — in theory, allowing Grover to drag the Federal government into the bathroom and “drown it in the bathtub.”

As this national-level pledge has been such a resounding success (if you’re a billionaire),  Texas Governor Rick Perry figures it might just work wonders for Texas. Citizens For Tax Justice reports:

Borrowing a page from anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist’s playbook, Perry said on Monday, “Each and every member of the Legislature or anyone aspiring to become a member of the Legislature should sign on.” And right on the Governor’s website, individuals and lawmakers can sign on to the Compact: Yes, I stand with Governor Perry and I support his Texas Budget Compact. I want my state representatives in the Texas Legislature to sign on to Governor Perry’s Texas Budget Compact.

I guess we’ll just ignore the fact that Texas already has some of the lowest tax rates in the country or that the “Texas Miracle” is a myth. We’ll also pretend not to notice the $27 billion budget shortfall they face. Perhaps following the humiliation of the GOP presidential primary, this passes as a ‘big idea’ for Perry.  One wonders, though: if the Federal and State governments are drowning in that tub – what will we be left with?

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By: Sandi Behrns

Sandi Behrns is a noted policy nerd, new media & web developer, and consultant to progressive organizations and campaigns. She is a senior contributor to Liberaland, and the Executive Editor of Progressive Congress News.