Former Obama administration Green Jobs Czar Van Jones spoke to the Washington Times on Wednesday after he addressed a Campus Progress audience in Washington. When we asked why he took issue with the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayer Protection Pledge that many Republicans sign before running for office, Mr. Jones answered:
“There’s nothing wrong with having an orientation that you are reluctant to raise taxes. That is not the problem. The problem is, when you surrender your judgement as an elected official who has taken an oath to the Americna people to a single individual and sign a separate loyalty pledge away from the U.S. Constitution, that says ‘no matter what happens in my country I will never let America increase tax revenues.’ I think that’s wrong.”
“I have a moral problem with anybody in our country having dual loyalty. I think when you are elected in our country, you should be loyal to the American people, the Constitution and nobody else. And to surrender your judgement and to sign a piece of paper over to a single individual I think is dangerous for democracy. That’s my quarrel with Grover Norquist.”
As I wrote in a previous post:
The ATR tax payer protection pledge, established almost 25 years ago, is composed of few sentences and are formatted for candidates running for: U.S. House, U.S. Senate, Governor, State Legislator, and President. According to ATR’s website:
ATR asks every candidate for elected office on the state and federal level to make a written commitment to their constituents to “oppose and vote against tax increases.”
Mr. Norquist is currently working with all major GOP presidential candidates to bring all of them on to signing the ATR pledge.