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DESCRIPTION Mostly put to Republican governors, members of Congress, and even state-level officials — as well as Democrats running in red districts — this is the pledge of all pledges, calling on candidates and incumbents to "solemnly oppose any and all tax increases." Stunting effective legislative action since 1986, this is now more of a joke than ever before, since more than 30 GOP congressmen voted to repeal the ethanol tax credit, effectively violating the pledge.

MESSIAH Speaking about the pledge pandemonium sweeping the primaries, one political advisor recently told the Associated Press: "Everybody wants to be the next GROVER NORQUIST." Why not? The Massachusetts native is an enduring cross-bearer for greed and selfishness, starting as a Nixon legionnaire, famously founding Americans for Tax Reform under the tutelage of Ronald Reagan, and even co-writing the Bush tax cuts.

WHO SIGNED Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Gary Johnson, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum


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