Anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist has found something to like in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s plan to raise the debt ceiling.
“Harry Reid’s proposal does not raise taxes,” Norquist said in an interview late Monday with CNN’s Piers Morgan.
Norquist was skeptical about some of the savings Reid cites in his proposal, but said, “At least [Reid’s] beginning to put a list together” of spending reductions.
The president of Americans for Tax Reform said he prefers the Cut, Cap and Balance plan passed by the House two weeks ago to Reid’s plan, which relies on $1 trillion savings from winding down wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
But Norquist said any plan that has made it to paper is superior to President Barack Obama’s efforts. Norquist repeatedly asked the president to put his desired debt agreement “in writing.”
“What we really need is some arithmetic and some numbers written down. Obama still hasn’t done that for us,” Norquist said.
“The election’s a year away, and people will have an opportunity to see that Obama is not taking this seriously,” Norquist added.
Morgan did not press Norquist on his controversial statement last week to the Washington Post editorial board that letting the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy expire would not constitute a tax increase, an event that ruffled feathers among hard-line conservatives who oppose all revenue-increasing measures and Norquist eventually walked back.
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