|Grover Norquist, the GOPfather|
Because they all signed Grover Norquist's pledge to never raise taxes or remove tax breaks already in place.
And, who is Grover Norquist?
Well, he's the founder of "Americans for Tax Reform" who supports anarchy rather than our government or our vaunted Constitution.
Here's a sample of his deep thoughts:
--- "My goal is to cut government in half in twenty-five years, to get it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub."
--- "We are trying to change the tones in the state capitals - and turn them toward bitter nastiness and partisanship."
--- "Our goal is to inflict pain. It is not good enough to win; it has to be a painful and devastating defeat. We're sending a message here. It is like when the king would take his opponent's head and spike it on a pole for everyone to see."
--- "My ideal citizen is the self-employed, homeschooling, IRA (individual retirement account) owning guy with a concealed carry (gun) permit . . . because that person doesn't need the goddamn government for anything."
--- "Bipartisanship is another name for date rape."
And this is the person all GOP members of the "Super Congress" have pledge allegiance to.
It is time for Democrats to create there own pledge.
How's this: I, _____________, pledge allegiance to the United States of America, before any party or ideology. I pledge to compromise to reach consensus on what is best for this country not what is best for my party. I pledge to make the necessary cuts and raise the necessary revenue to keep our debt rating AAA and our economy vibrant.
No Republican would ever sign such a pledge because for elephants, it is Grover first, party second and billionaires third.
Democrats should sign such a pledge and then turn to Republicans and ask: Why won't you pledge allegiance to the USA?
The reason is obvious: because Grover said no.