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Grover Norquist calls GOP shots

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GOP representatives appear to have blocked the payroll tax cuts proposed by the administration. Ninety-eight percent of GOP members of the House signed a pledge to Grover Norquist to “oppose any and all efforts to increase marginal tax rate for individuals.” This raises a few questions: Who is Grover Norquist and why does the GOP congress permit Norquist to dictate tax policy? How do the GOP representatives reconcile this tax increase with their anti-tax pledge to Grover Norquist? As Alice would have observed, our political world has become “Curiouser and curiouser!” Ron PAITICH, Auburn