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— Obviously, President Obama never signed the pledge, nor did any other Democrats and even many Republicans. They know they must raise taxes and bear the ire of their constituents. They know they must cutback on government generosity.

They’ll have to de-fund services like monitoring big business regarding health and safety issues. They’ll have to give less to the poor, the aged, the sick and the dying.

They’ll probably have to lose elections because of all this, something politicians of the past have always been hesitant to do, or they’ll be heralded for bravery above and beyond actual self-indulgence.

There is a cost to doing the right thing, there’s no getting around that. Those of us with money, whether we were born into it or earned it by waking up daily at five in the morning to deliver newspapers, are being squeezed for a portion of it. Our collective conscious invokes us to do the right thing. Our taxes must go up and we must pay them.

And we need to be sure those tax dollars are doing what we meant for them to do. That’s how we sleep at night in America. That’s our protection.

You can sign that Norquist Pledge if you want to, and choose not to join our ranks. You can take over the media, burn our newspapers, no problem. You can threaten our jobs and steal our bikes, no problem.

But if you beat up on my brother, you beat up on me. And if you beat up on enough of us, who’s going to shine your shoes?

Problem.

Willie Kiernan is a past editor of the Cazenovia Republican and a contributing columnist. He can be reached through the editor at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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