Woven into the story of the fiscal cliff fight is Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge that many congressional Republicans have signed, promising not to agree to tax hikes. But do constituents want their representatives to compromise or stick to their vows? Here's one voter's take.
COMMENTARY | On Tuesday, Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said this: "I don't intend to violate any pledge. My pledge is not to support higher taxes."
As a Pennsylvanian, I am disappointed in the decision of my senator. I believe controlling the deficit and moving toward a balanced budget should take precedence over a pledge made to a man who isn't even a resident of my state.
This stance is particularly concerning to me given the fast approach of the so-called "fiscal cliff." If liberals and conservatives in Congress can't cooperate within the next month, taxes will automatically increase. Sen. Toomey's unwillingness to budge on taxes will lead to higher taxes than if he chooses to compromise. I believe that makes the senator short-sighted on this particular issue.
As a moderate without a declared party, I prefer to vote for the man than for the party. I am open to voting for both Democrats and Republicans, judging them on their actions rather than party affiliation. If Toomey stands by his words and follows this course, I will feel compelled not to support him should he run for re-election in 2016. I hope that he will change his mind in the next few weeks, though I see it as unlikely.
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