Repealing laws by hollowing them out -- failing to fund their enforcement or implementation -- works because the public doesn't know it's happening. Enactment of a law attracts attention; de-funding it doesn't.
the GOP's faith in the power of tax cuts has become more intense in the face of mounting evidence that the supply-siders were simply wrong when they predicted that rate cuts would produce economic growth and reduce the deficit.
For years, the GOP has been telling us tax cuts pay for themselves by promoting growth. If they believe what they say, why should they worry about paying for a one-year extension of the payroll tax holiday? Surely it will pay for itself.
In a time of a recession when jobs are hard to come by, Grover Norquist has invented a job for himself. His job is to make sure that those in Congress take a loyalty oath to say that they will never raise taxes.