My two cents:
Grover Norquist is an idiot! George H. W. Bush became a Presidential sacrificial lamb for the sake and betterment of the US economy. After asserting not to raise taxes with the famous “read my lips” promise for the 1988 election, and following the success and cost of the first Gulf War, Bush made the toughest, most selfless and self-destructing decision of any President in the past 30 years; knowing that by raising taxes he would eliminate any chance of a second term, but realizing that it was fiscally necessary to raise taxes/revenues to pay for the money Reagan borrowed to fund the expansion and success of the 80’s–he did what was RIGHT for the country and not what was necessary to prolong his political career! The man is the most underrated and unappreciated president of the past 50 years (though highly admired and appreciate by his contemporaries–42, 43-obviously, & 44) ; WWII pilot and hero; CIA director. The success and prosperity of the Clinton administration is directly attributable to the tough and responsible fiscal decisions of the Bush administration in the years prior. It doesn’t fit neatly into ideological constraints–but sometimes Presidents have to make tough, unpopular decisions. He did that and paid the price politically for doing so. And we all benefited because of it. Now ideological boundaries say he was a “liar”? BS. This political polarization is beyond ridiculous! We need to bring back the mentality of the Greatest Generation. We need more George H. W. Bushes in politics today!
Grover Norquist’s comment:
“When George Herbert Walker Bush ran for president, he promised the American people he wouldn’t raise their taxes,” Norquist said this morning on “This Week.” “He lied to them. He broke his commitment to them and they threw him out of office four years later.”
Bush’s prior comment:
“The rigidity of those pledges is something I don’t like,” Bush said in the interview. “The circumstances change and you can’t be wedded to some formula by Grover Norquist. It’s – who the hell is Grover Norquist, anyway?”