Grover Norquist and his ilk are radicals bent on destroying our representative republic.
I do not make this statement lightly, as I have learned over the years it takes all types working towards a common goal to make government work. Having as part of the team, groups of individuals who believe in lower taxes is not all bad; they keep all in government honest. They tend to be ferocious watch dogs of public expenditures and more importantly serve as a legitimate counter to the soak the rich tax crowd.
But having those who have taken a no tax pledge and who regardless of circumstances are refusing to change their minds. Politicians would rather see our nation defaults on its debts, to shut down the federal government and then pretend there will no consequences to their action. Of course the hundred thousand or so troops in Afghanistan and fifty or so thousand in Iraq probably aren’t going to be too happy they aren’t getting paid. I also suspect that Grandma and Grandpa aren’t going to be happy about not getting their Social Security check. The Veteran who gets a check each month for a disability ain’t going to be shouted Hallelujah for the no tax cause; nor, will the state and local government who fail to get reimbursed for money spent to comply with myriad of Federal Regulations. It will not just be the Federal workers who aren’t getting paid, it will be Doctor Smith down the street, or Mr. Dirt who owns the construction company repair the Interstate.
No folks this ain’t going to be pretty and we may very well be witnessing the last act before the collapse of our nation.