The Madeleine Brand Show for December 22, 2011

Anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist on Congressional gridlock

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Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist talks with reporters after a immigration reform rally and news conference on Capitol Hill June 27, 2006 in Washington, DC.

Nine days from now payroll taxes will go up and unemployment benefits will end if Congress doesn't act. So far, an agreement seems unlikely. House Speaker John Boehner is refusing to back down on his rejection of the Senate bill despite mounting criticism from members of his own party. Some argue that if the payroll tax credit isn't extended it is effectively the same as raising taxes on Americans, something most GOP politicians have pledged never to do. Grover Norquist was one of the driving forces behind the anti-tax pledge and he joins us live.

Guest:

Grover Norquist, who runs the anti-tax group Americans for Tax Reform.


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