Tuesday, May 29, 2012

This Republican Is Talking Sense

I haven't always been impressed by ex-Senator Alan Simpson. He goes a little to far down the cutting of the budget road for me (and I especially don't care for his ideas about cutting Social Security benefits -- which is just not needed). But Simpson's not a teabagger. He's an old-style Republican, who knows that neither party can govern without both parties compromising. He appeared on television last Sunday, and he had some harsh words for the party of "no" -- the teabaggers in Congress who think compromise is surrender. Here is what he said:

“For heaven’s sake, you have Grover Norquist wandering the earth in his white robes saying that if you raise taxes one penny, he’ll defeat you. He can’t murder you. He can’t burn your house. The only thing he can do to you, as an elected official, is defeat you for reelection. And if that means more to you than your country when we need patriots to come out in a situation when we’re in extremity, you shouldn’t even be in Congress.”

“You can’t cut spending your way out of this hole. You can’t grow your way out of this hole. And you can’t tax your way out of this hole. So put that in your pipe and smoke it, we tell these people. This is madness. If you want to be a purist, go somewhere on a mountaintop and praise the East or something. But if you want to be in politics, you learn to compromise. And you learn to compromise on the issue without compromising yourself. Show me a guy who won’t compromise and I’ll show you a guy with rock for brains.”


  1. Did Alan Simpson refuse to sign Grover's pledge?

  2. I don't think he did. I believe he had already retired before that nonsense started.


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