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Connecticut Congressional Candidate Mark Greenberg Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Paul Blair on Wednesday, August 17th, 2011, 1:30 PM PERMALINK

Mark Greenberg has become the first candidate in the race for Connecticut’s 5th Congressional seat to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Incumbent Representative Chris Murphy announced he was running for Senate in January, making the 5th district an open seat. Greenberg is running against two other announced candidates for the Republican nomination. Farmington Town Council Chair Mike Clark, 2010 Lt. Gov. Candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley, and Ex-State Military Affairs Director Justin Bernier have already entered the race with several other potential candidates considering a run.

Connecticut’s 5th Congressional district, which is located in the northwestern part of the state, is rated as lean democrat but could get more competitive as we get closer to the election. Rep. Chris Murphy won the district in 2010 with 52% of the vote, 59% in 2008, and 56% in 2006.

At this point, there are a number of declared Democrats vying for Murphy’s seat including State House Speaker Chris Donovan, Ex-State Rep. Elizabeth Esty, P.R. Executive, Dan Roberti, and Foreign Policy Analyst Mike Williams.

By signing the Pledge, Greenberg commits to the taxpayers of Connecticut that he will “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses … and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.”

Upon Greenberg signing the Pledge, ATR’s President Grover Norquist had this to say:

I want to congratulate Mark Greenberg for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people clearly showed their displeasure last November with the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington. They want real solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and get the economy going again.

Connecticut Congressional Candidate Mark Greenberg signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge

WASHINGTON, DC— Connecticut businessman Mark Greenberg has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his race for Connecticut’s 5th Congressional seat. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), commits signers to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses … and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates."

ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. To date, 41 U.S. Senators and 235 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, thirteen governors and over 1,200 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Mark Greenberg for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people clearly showed their displeasure in November with the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington. They want real solutions that create jobs, cut government spending and get the economy going again,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, Mark Greenberg demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of Connecticut.”

“I challenge all candidates for federal office to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.


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Democrats More Interested in Fundraising than Nation's Future


Posted by Paul Blair on Friday, August 12th, 2011, 12:18 PM PERMALINK

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced her appointments to the "Super Committee," created by the debt deal, tasked with reining in $1.5 trillion in federal spending. Following the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, these political appointments mimic tax-and-spenders' efforts to prevent significant spending reform in Congress.

With the appointment of former DCCC Chairman Van Hollen, Clyburn, and Becerra, House Democrats, like the Senate counterparts appear to be aiming to undermine any attempt at serious reform in the Joint Committee. Democrats have now chosen the former top fundraiser for Democrats in the House and current top fundraiser, DSCC Chair Patty Murray, in the Senate to lead Congress's efforts to deal with the country's fiscal mess.

Democrats are clearly more interested in turning the next three months into campaign contributions than making the tough choices about our nation's fiscal future. As Politico points out, Representative Becerra wasted no time in seeking to bring in some campaign cash merely two hours after Pelosi's announcement, asking $1500/plate for a fundraiser at the end of the month.

In 2010, after the biggest Congressional Republican victory since Grover Cleveland’s administration, one would think that Congressional Democrats would be willing to get serious about reform in Washington. Sadly it seems that this is simply not true. It seems for them, that using their position on the Super Committee to raise a few thousand dollars is more important than putting our country on a path to prosperity. With the debt deal specifying that the absence of a comprehensive $1.5 trillion deficit reduction plan will not give the President enough borrowing authority to go past the next election, the Democrats’ purely political appointments must raise some eyebrows; if they decide to use the committee as a campaign stump instead of a serious policy tool, are they trying to throw their president’s re-election under the bus? Only time will tell.

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Senate Democrats Still Unwilling to Get Serious on Spending


Posted by Paul Blair on Wednesday, August 10th, 2011, 5:13 PM PERMALINK

This week, the Senate Leadership has announced their appointments to the “Super Committee” created by the debt deal, which will be tasked with finding $1.5 trillion in savings by the end of the year. Senate Democrats have not passed a budget in over two years and failed to propose a real plan in the debt ceiling negotiations. Senator Reid’s appointments infer he is willing to defer duty for the country’s fiscal mess even longer; by naming DSCC Chairwoman Patty Murray and Senators John Kerry and Max Baucus, Reid has made clear that Senate Dems are prepared to continue to avoid responsibility for governing.

Senator Murray, as the head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairwoman is clearly meant to mimic the Reid agenda and block any significant spending reform. Picking a big spender and the chief campaign fundraiser for Democrats in the Senate, Leader Reid seems intent to make a mockery of a serious effort to restore federal spending restraint.

Unless Congress, specifically big spenders like Reid and Murray, are willing to come to terms with their addiction to overspending, there is no hope for restoring economic prosperity.

In contrast, Republicans have stepped up to the plate once again to show they are ready to lead. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell appointed the next highest ranked Republican in the Senate, John Kyl, former OMB Budget Director, Ohio Senator Rob Portman, and Tea Party favorite Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey. It is clear by this selection that Senate Republicans are serious about the necessary reform needed in the coming months. Senator Kyl was an inimitable force against tax hikes in the debt limit negotiations, and the other two senators have proven their fiscal credo time and again by waging the battle against big government. House Republican leaders, appointing Ways and Means Chairman David Camp, Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton and House Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling, have shown they are ready to get down to business.

By taking tax hikes off the table and focusing on Washington’s true problem: overspending, only then will Congress demonstrate that it is serious about the reform needed to get our fiscal house in order. Democrats apparently want to campaign on spending reform. Republicans want to enact it.

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Arizona Congressional Candidate Matt Salmon Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Paul Blair on Tuesday, June 7th, 2011, 3:35 PM PERMALINK

Matt Salmon became the second candidate in the race for Arizona’s 6th Congressional seat to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Salmon, who is a former Congressman and State Senator, signed the Pledge during his term as a Congressman from 1995-2001. He is vying for the seat being vacated by Republican incumbent Rep. Jeff Flake, who announced he was running for U.S. Senate earlier this year.

Salmon is running against two other announced candidates for the Republican nomination. Arizona House Speaker Kirk Adams and State Senator Chuck Gray have already entered the race with several other potential candidates considering a run. Gray has also signed the Pledge. No Democrats have announced their candidacy for the seat yet.

Arizona’s 6th Congressional district, which covers the southeast suburbs of Phoenix, is heavily Republican. Rep. Flake won the district in 2010 with 67% of the vote, 62% in 2008, 74% in 2006, 79% in 2004, and 65% in 2002. Every Republican Presidential candidate has also won the district since 2000. it seems likely that the the winner of the Republican primary will win the district, barring any dramatic alterations caused by the current redistricting in the state.

By signing the Pledge, Salmon commits to the taxpayers of Arizona that he will “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses … and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.”

Upon signing the Pledge, ATR’s President Grover Norquist had this to say:

I want to congratulate former Congressman Salmon for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his bid to reclaim his former seat in Congress. The American people clearly showed their displeasure last November with the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington. They want real solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and get the economy going again.

Arizona Congressional Candidate Matt Salmon signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge

WASHINGTON, DC— Former Congressman Matt Salmon has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his race for Arizona’s 6th Congressional seat. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), commits signers to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses … and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates."

ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. To date, 41 U.S. Senators and 236 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, thirteen governors and over 1,200 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

 “I want to congratulate former Congressman Salmon for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his bid to reclaim his former seat in Congress. The American people clearly showed their displeasure in November with the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington. They want real solutions that create jobs, cut government spending and get the economy going again,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, Matt Salmon demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of Arizona.”

“I challenge all candidates for federal office to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.

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Tell All GOP Senators to Leave the Gang of Six


Posted by Paul Blair on Monday, June 6th, 2011, 3:10 PM PERMALINK

Three of the members of the “gang” have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.  This pledge is a sacred promise a candidate makes to voters that he won’t vote to hike net taxes.  If these senators were to support a tax hike proposal, they would be admitting that they lied to voters in order to get elected.

Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) recently left the Gang of Six.  Two Pledge signers remain—Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho).  Tell Senators Chambliss and Crapo to keep their Pledge and resign from the Gang of Six.

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