Norquist On ‘No-Tax Pledge’

PITTSBURGH (NEWSRADIO 1020 KDKA) — So is it a tax or a fee?

With Gov. Corbett’s Marcellus Shale plan including a proposed “impact fee” for drilling companies, Pennsylvania lawmakers are facing increased scrutiny from the no-new-tax group Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) and its president, Grover Norquist.

But now Norquist and his group are facing scrutiny of their own, both from the very politicians who signed the ATR no-tax oath and from Pennsylvania voters.

NewsRadio 1020 KDKA’s Robert Mangino talks with Norquist about how he defines the difference between a tax and a fee, and why he believes the Governor’s plan constitutes the latter.

Mangino also asks Norquist about the Pa. state senators and House members who, according to Harrisburg’s The Patriot-News, are now claiming that they have no recollection of ever signing the pledge, yet find themselves on Norquist’s no-tax list.  Some are claiming that it was not clear their names would remain on the list for their entire political careers.

ATR makes public the names of lawmakers who have signed its no-tax pledge, including Gov. Corbett.  The group also makes public the names of any perceived violators of that pledge.

Four state senators and 30 House members are included on the list.

Listen to Robert Mangino every weekday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

  • Mario Moraca

    Hello Robert Mangino,

    I am Mario from Marshall Twp.

    First I want to apologise for the slip in using the H— word on your show on Monday evening(10/10) when I was talking about Senator John McKain. My point was that he chose Sara Palin as his running mate because he wanted to lose the election. Another reasonable choice and he would have been elected.

    My reason for saying this: he saw the handwriting on the wall relating to the future of our economy and I don’t think he wanted any part of it.

    He might have gotten the cooperation he needed from the Congress and from the business leaders, more so than Pres. Obama is getting. But in retrospect, Pres. Reagan did not get much support as far as job creation through business investments, even after he gave business a free hand when he fired the air traffic controllers and changed the tax laws, especially the depreciation rules, which were later (1986) modified because he knew that business had taken advantage of the situation. Businesses did invest money but not in the USA. The other tax cuts and tax breaks did not result in an expanded economy as he had hoped. As you know well, at the end of his tenure as President, the national debt had increased from 1 trillion to over 5 trillios. We will never know, however. I wonder if somebody might be able to create a computer model by asking some “what if” questions.

    Now I would like to comment about Mr Norquist and his proposals.

    Where was he and his Americans for Tax Reform, during the Reagan and the youg Bush years when money was being spent like there was no tomorrow, increasing the national debt to 12 1/2 trillions by the end of the Bush presidency, including the 4 trillions from the Reagan Era. If that’s what conservatives do, now they all moan because Pres. Obama HAS TO SPEND SOME MONEY, to attempt to kickstart the economy. Unfortunately the previous stimulus package did not have the desired effect, although from what little I know about economic theory, while there was no expansion, it at least helped to maintain the the level of economic activity which kept us from a deeper recession, maybe even going into a depression.

    I don’t mind what he is doing, but he should remind the public that it is not all Pres. Obanma’s fault, that we are in this shape. I belive that the Reagan and Bush tax cuts did not have benefit the overall economy.

    About Mr Cain’s 9-9-9 plan – would you be willing to pay a 9% sales tax?

    I wrote to my Congressman and suggested that we should enact a 1 1/2 national sales tax, and use the revenue for infrastructure improvement, and he never answered my letter. He probably had a good laugh. By the way, my suggestion included that the tax would be collected by the states, since most states already have a sales tax collection system in place; the tax should be kept only for 3 to 5 years to give the economy a real kickstart, because small businesses would realize that t it would be a steady source of revenue, at least for a maximum of 5 years and business owners could hire some people; make some labor laws changes so the money would not all go to unions, etc.

    Anyway, I think Mr Cain’s 9% is a little high.

    Although we could use that in PA to abolish all the nuisance taxes that we have including the property taxes and personal income tax, to name a couple. Lots of southern states have an 8 to 10% sales tax on all services, and they are surviving well. So, we need to bite the bullet sometimes.

    I hope that you read this, and maybe have a laugh. But I would like to call your show again, and I will control my speech.

    Sincerely, Mario Moraca

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