President Bush Sr. opposes Grover Norquist’s “No Tax” Pledge.
Bush Senior, he of the phrase: “Read my lips, no new taxes.” Why?
“The rigidity of those pledges is something I don’t like. The circumstances change and you can’t be wedded to some formula by Grover Norquist. It’s — who the hell is Grover Norquist, anyway?”
And that is exactly right. To govern effectively, you have to be able to respond changes in circumstances.
To sign the Grover Norquist Pledge – or any pledge that compromises your oath to serve as an officeholder- is an abdication of responsibility.
It is an admission of failure of the imagination, and a betrayal of reason.
It is taking a false refuge in fantasy rather than having the bravery to face reality.
Found through Political Wire.