Republican House Speaker John Boehner again expressed his unwillingness to raise taxes and anger his puppeteer Grover Norquist. Conservative lobbyist Norquist is the head of Americans For Tax Reform, which is an organization most famous for the its Taxpayer Protection Pledge which almost all congressional Republicans have signed.
By signing this pledge, Republicans are required to oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal tax rate on businesses or individuals regardless of need, necessity, or common sense. Should a signee choose to violate this agreement they can no doubt look forward to facing the full fury and financial resources of Grover Norquist’s ATR, ensuring an extremely difficult reelection campaign.
Check out the trailer below for the new documentary You’ve Been Trumped by director Anthony Baxter. It chronicles Trump’s company’s building of a golf course(s) and resort against the wishes of the Scottish locals in an environmentally sensitive area that has been called “Scotland’s Rain Forest.”
Ironically, the whole project may come to a grinding halt because of a proposed offshore wind farm that Trump has described as “an ugly industrial park directly off the shoreline.” I guess Trump feels that he has first dibs on “uglying up” the unspoiled shoreline. While the merits of wind farms can be debated, is this the real reason for him threatening to stop the project or is he just looking to save face for another failed and bad business venture?