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One Wondrous Sentence: Fiscal cliff deal-breakers

December 4, 2012

This one wondrous sentence about a talk between influential anti-tax activist Grover Norquist and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) illustrates just why it will — probably — be extremely difficult for Democrats and Republicans to agree upon a deal that avoids the so-called fiscal cliff and reduces national debt.

In an earlier private telephone chat, Norquist said, Graham had assured him that he would compromise on taxes only if Democrats agreed to entitlement changes “on a massive scale” — prompting Norquist to tell Graham that he would “never be tempted” to raise taxes because the left would never make such a concession.

Source: Peter Wallsten, “Norquist still calling cadence in GOP ranks,” The Washington Post, Dec. 2, 2012. (Link is to story’s second page.)

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