Senator and former governor from North Dakota John Hoeven and Steve Clemons, Atlantic's Washington editor at large, discuss how debt is handled by state and local governments. Grover Norquist, founder and President of Americans for Tax Reform, joins the conversation.
Steve Clemons is Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and editor of Atlantic Live. He writes frequently about politics and foreign affairs.
Clemons is a senior fellow and the founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, a centrist think tank in Washington, D.C., where he previously served as executive vice president. He writes and speaks frequently about the D.C. political scene, foreign policy, and national security issues, as well as domestic and global economic-policy challenges.
The Honorable John Hoeven
Senator John Hoeven currently serves as North Dakota’s 22nd U.S. Senator following ten years of service as the state’s governor. While governor, Sen. Hoeven worked to build North Dakota’s future by focusing on growth in six fields: education, economic development, agriculture, energy, technology, and quality of life. Now, as senator, he is working to implement the same kinds of policies on the national level. Sen. Hoeven currently serves on the Senate Appropriations, Energy, Agriculture and Indian Affairs Committees.
Grover Norquist (Twitter: @GroverNorquist) is president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a taxpayer advocacy group he founded in 1985 at President Reagan’s request. ATR works to limit the size and cost of government and opposes higher taxes at the federal, state, and local levels and supports tax reform that moves towards taxing consumed income one time at one rate. ATR organizes the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which asks all candidates for federal and state office to commit themselves in writing to the American people to oppose all tax increases. In the 113th Congress, 219 House members and 39 Senators have taken the pledge. On the state level, 14 governors and 1,035 state legislators have taken the pledge.
North Dakota Senator John Hoeven, argues that the government needs to focus on economic growth by helping job creators instead of raising taxes. According to Hoeven, the revenues from taxing middle class Americans is not a sustainable plan for economic growth.