From Brai Odion-Esene at “Ryan Ellis, tax policy director of American for Tax Reform, argued that making the tax code more efficient would increase growth and broaden the tax base. ‘If you go through the tax code and you did revenue neutral tax reform, you would actually generate more revenue," he said. "With a properly constructed tax code you could generate a higher tax base.’"

Chuck Muth writes “Memo to Assembly Republicans: No… New… Taxes…”: “House Speaker John Boehner spoke Monday night to the Economic Club of New York in which he drew a line in the sand on tax hikes. As Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform explains, Boehner declared that there will be no more 1982 or 1990 “Andrews Air Force Base” or “Gang of Six” deals that raise taxes and promise spending restraint. ‘Tax increases are off the table,’ writes Norquist. ‘Boehner and 235 other members of the House of Representatives have signed the ‘Taxpayer Protection Pledge’ – a written pledge to their voters that they will oppose and vote against any net tax hike. Forty-one Senators have signed the same pledge.’”