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Are tax increases inevitable? Are tax decreases possible?

We have spent a lot of time this week discussing the role of government — what services the government provides, and which services it should provide.  But we haven’t yet discussed taxation, which of course  is intertwined with the debate over the role of government, since taxes fund whatever services the government provides.

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, is the leader of the anti-tax increase movement in the US, and in this capacity he has led many members of Congress (as well as Governor Romney and Rep. Ryan)  to sign a pledge not to increase taxes — ever.  He has been criticized by some, even from within his own Republican party, for being unwilling to compromise on the tax issue.  The following profile of Norquist, which was aired on 60 Minutes two weeks ago, provides you with some background on Norquist and his views on taxation.  Then, I’ve added an interview of Norquist by the Wall Street Journal conducted on August 28th.  Are higher taxes inevitable? Are lower taxes possible?