November 28, 2012

Pledge to Norquist should not supersede oath of office

Letter to the Editor

Why are Republicans signing pledges that supersede their oath of office?

Who is Grover Norquist and what are his affiliations, beyond elected legislative members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate?

When I heard about the pledge that Republicans apparently signed in order to be a Republican in good standing, I wondered if Maine's senators have signed this pledge?

Those who sign up for federal service, all, take an oath of office.

This morning's news showed documents that the Republicans have had this enforced pledge going for some 20 years.

We, the citizens, have been paying these people to do the business of government, but apparently they have been doing the business of Grover Norquist.

The business of government, which, by the way, includes managing the finances properly, should be their only business.

Are Democrats also coercing their members to sign some sort of pledge?

There is a claim that a tax on the wealthiest Americans would prevent the creation of jobs. If I understand correctly, the tax cut went into law during the Bush administration, in 2001. So where are the jobs?

Holly Wright

Winthrop

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