WASHINGTON - Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) has urged Vice President Al Gore to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Once signed, this Pledge would commit Gore to "oppose any and all efforts to raise the corporate or individual income tax."
The challenge to sign the Pledge is given to all presidential candidates. To date, of the 13 major candidates for the presidency, only Al Gore and Bill Bradley have not signed the Pledge. And of all the candidates for the presidency, only Gore already has a tax named after him.
"Signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is a demonstration of common sense. Every elected official should sign this Pledge. The hard-earned wages of American workers should be protected. Signing the Pledge would be a frank
recognition of the fact that Gore's old ways of tax-and-spend must be history," said Damon Ansell," director of state projects.
"Prior to 1995, taxpayers all across America were subject to the whims of a Congress whose members were more interested in obeying the wishes of special interests than in serving the general interests of the taxpayer. In fact, of
the 19 congresses prior to the 104th Congress, 18 raised taxes. Taxes are too high and, unless all candidates for the presidency sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, they will go even higher. That is why the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is so important," said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.
Gore has a long and distinguished record as a public official who believes that since the government prints all of the money, it really belongs to the government. In fact, over his entire career, Gore voted 109 times for tax increases or against tax cuts, including casting the deciding vote for the largest tax increase in history in 1993.
On the spending side, Gore received a lifetime average of 20.5 percent (the lower the score the greater amount of spending voted for) by the National Taxpayers Union with the comment "Big Spender." And a lifetime average of
11% from Citizens Against Government Waste.
"Gore's appetite for increased taxation and greater spending has made him the text book definition of the tax-and-spend liberal. Americans should urge Gore to sign the Pledge, for if he refuses, they should expect Gore to continue his battle for a larger percentage of their take-home pay as long as he remains a public official," Norquist concluded.