COUNCIL BLUFFS — Don’t count Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley among the hundreds of Congress members who have signed the pledge by anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist to never raise taxes.
That doesn’t mean, however, that he supports higher taxes.
“It’s been around for a few years, but I’ve never signed it,” the Republican senator said Wednesday during his weekly telephone press conference. “It’s difficult to predict what the future holds, though the main reason I haven’t signed it is because I don’t sign pledges generally.
“Now, I want to you know, though, that I am generally against tax increases. I don’t think increasing taxes will help us with our problem. We have a spending problem, not a tax problem.”
To have such a pledge signed by so many of his colleagues could make it more difficult in seeking compromise to avoid falling over the so-called fiscal cliff, he added.
If this country went off that cliff, Grassley said, “The most obvious thing we’ll see is a hollow military.”
On the Affordable Health Care Act, which has come to be known as Obamacare, Grassley reluctantly stated it’s now the law of the land and those who think differently are mistaken.
“I voted against it, but it’s the law of the land. I wish it weren’t there, but it is there,” he said. “I think as time goes on, it’s going to show that it is even a worse law than we think it is now, but it’s still the law of the land.”