Residents of the 10 American states with highest support for the Norquist Pledge have shorter life expectancies than those in the 10 states with least support for the Pledge. So it seems appropriate to ask -- is the Norquist small government philosophy bad for your health?
To me, the oath of office is like a wedding vow. Once you say,"I do" and promise to be faithful to one person, are not all earlier flirtations swept aside? Does a promise to Grover Norquist's lobbying group outweigh the oath of office?
A seemingly immutable law of today's politics is that Republicans in Congress have shifted so far right that they oppose all revenue increases -- no matter how urgent America's fiscal needs may be. But perhaps this is no longer the case.