Yesterday Ryan Ellis wrote in The Daily Caller: “On ‘Meet the Press’ this Sunday, Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) was asked why he was seemingly prepared to support and vote for a net income tax increase despite being a signer of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. His answer is as revealing as it is incorrect: “Which pledge is most important … the pledge to uphold your oath to the Constitution of the United States, or a pledge from a special interest group? The fact is, Senator Coburn has not made any pledge to Americans for Tax Reform (the “special interest group” he is referring to). He has, however, made a written pledge to the people of Oklahoma. It’s written down for anyone to see on ATR’s website…He would like to repeal or restrict hundreds of billions of dollars in tax deductions and credits. But rather than plowing all that money into lower tax rates (as he promised the people of his state that he would before they elected him), the plan will reportedly raise net taxes by $1 trillion or more over the next decade (which would amount to one of the largest net tax hikes in history).”