It's because Grover Norquist, the head of Americans for Tax Reform, threatened them if they didn't sign. Heaven forbid they should think for themselves, for the country and their constituents!
It was beginning to look like a few of them were getting some backbone then along came Norquist to remind them of the pledge and the consequences of breaking ranks.
You'd think they'd have learned that inflexibility like the Tea Partiers espouse does more harm than good. It creates stalemate and partisanship.
This "pledge" has been around since 1986 and, ohh how it hurts to say it, even Mitt Romney has signed it. I could ask what he was thinking, but like all the others he obviously wasn't.
What's at stake? Political careers of course. More importantly, the continued butting of heads by these political rams with no end in sight. It makes me angry. Every single person who signed that pledge, to raise no taxes, no way, no how, no matter the consequences, should be turned out of office.
Who elected this guy king anyway? I had no part in it. Did you? I would guess many of you don't even recognize the name. Grover Norquist. Remember it. He has done more with his pledge to prevent progress in getting our economic mess straightened out than any other one individual.
All taxes are not bad. Doing away with an entitlement or closing a loop hole is not a tax increase. He would have you believe it is. The frightening thing is those 276 members of Congress have fallen prey to him. They should be ashamed of themselves.
Every day something happens that brings me closer to understanding what's happening to our country. Today's lesson is that a self appointed demagogue is able to hold an entire party hostage with threats and blackmail.
It is astounding that one man has this sort of power over the people we have elected to do right by the country. Yep. Government bennies are great. Those 276 have them now. It's time to turn them out to pasture. Maybe the next herd we put in their place will include a few sheep dogs able to herd them in a better direction.