On Tuesday night, The Daily Show took on tax guru Grover Norquist, the guy who runs Americans for Tax Reform and the guy who has paralyzed Republicans from compromising when it comes to taxation. Samantha Bee sat down with Norquist to talk about his tax plan.
NORQUIST: My team is winning and it can be taught to Harry Reid. He wanted a $2.5 trillion tax increase last year and he didn’t get it.
BEE: Your team is winning? It’s like you came up with this whole idea when you were twelve.
NORQUIST: It was something I came up with when I was twelve, to get a teacher to…
BEE: I’m sorry, what did you say? You came up with this idea when you were…
NORQUIST: Seventh grade.
BEE: …in seventh grade?
BEE (off camera): Yes, the entire federal government is paralyzed because of a document, written by a twelve year old, in 1968.
Then The Daily Show rounded up their own group of twelve year olds and asked them about the Norquist pledge to never raise taxes. In short, these twelve year olds were not impressed.
Here’s the video:
Norquist’s pledge is so ridiculous that even kids see right though it. It’s something that no politician should ever sign because Congress has a responsibility to raise taxes when the nation requires it. And the economy certainly requires it now.
“To impose taxes when the public exigencies require them is an obligation of the most sacred character, especially with a free people.”
~President James Monroe