Norquist: Republicans With ‘Impure Thoughts’ on Taxes Should Think Again

By Melanie Arter | December 3, 2012 | 11:27 AM EST

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform (AP Photo)

( Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist told NBC’s David Gregory on Sunday that Republicans who have had "impure thoughts" about raising taxes should think again.

“Every Republican who had impure thoughts about, ‘Maybe I could raise taxes a little because the other guys’ll be reasonable,' has got to go back to the drawing board. They’ve just been told there are no real reforms in this budget at all. $1.6 trillion in tax increases, and some of those savings are tax increases,” Norquist said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Gregory asked Norquist for reaction to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s remarks.

“Look the line in the sand is clear and that is that the administration, the president, says that Republicans will indeed blink, that they will ultimately acquiesce, tax rates have to go up,” Gregory said.

Norquist said he found Geithner’s interview “very, very helpful to me, because in the past there’ve been some Republicans, who thought the administration, like Clinton, was going to be reasonable, that they’re going to put real reforms, like welfare reform as Clinton did on the table.”

“What we just heard was no reforms. He even took the $1 trillion in spending cuts they agreed to, to the debt ceiling – he took that off. We’re going to spend a trillion dollars more there. This is a massive collection of spending increases and tax increases,” Norquist added.