Mac prez: Norquist anti-tax pledge undemocratic

Macalester College President Brian Rosenberg, who occasionally comments on higher-ed issues in The Huffington Post, strays from matters academic and goes after Grover Norquist and the anti-tax pledge of his Americans for Tax Reform, which has been signed by many Repubican candidates for both state and national office:

How prudent is it to take an irrevocable pledge about how to govern before one begins the actual work of governing?

... Americans for Tax Reform asks every candidate for elected office on the state or federal level to make a written commitment to their constituents to "oppose and vote against all tax increases."

Every member of Congress, upon taking office, is asked to swear an oath to "well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter."

Here is my simple question: Which "pledge" takes precedence?

Read his full Star Tribune commentary here.


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