In Grover Norquist's Dec. 14 column, he tried to come across as Mr. Nice Guy when the opposite is true. He gets the politicians to sign his pledge not to raise taxes with the promise to help them get elected.
Later on, if the politician votes for a tax increase, he throws all his resources against him to not get re-elected. He has pictures of people on a wall in his office who he helped lose their re-election after they voted for a tax increase. There is no time limit when you sign the tax pledge. Even if it would be good for the country, they can't vote for a tax increase. He's almost holding the politicians hostage. That's not good for the country. That is one reason Washington can't resolve the budget problem.
Also, where do Grover and his group, Americans for Tax Reform, get the money? Their budget is in the millions, and a lot comes from the super rich who could afford to pay more taxes but feel they shouldn't. I would also bet Grover isn't working for peanuts.