How do you say "no more taxes" in Italian?
US News & World Report tells us
that the Tea Party phenomenon and Grover Norquist's staunch anti-tax stance are catching on in Italy. The "Tea Party Italia," that country's equivalent of the stateside conservative movement, is urging its own elected and would-be elected officials to sign a Norquist-style anti-tax pledge.
"They liked the pledge, so they came up with their own," said Norquist, who's also seen his seemingly pet cause attract support in Japan. "I'm excited."
The political dynamics in Italy, however, are a barrier to the effectiveness of a personal anti-tax pledge on the part of a politician, explains David Mazzerelli, the co-founder of Tea Party Italia. This is because political candidates are chosen by parties, which allows them to avoid what Americans would call a "campaign season."
"Candidates in the US want to sign this pledge because they have to do a difficult and hard campaign," says Mazzerelli, who contrasts the process with that found in his own country. "It's very difficult to find [politicians] that believe in our ideas in Italy."
Via U.S. News & World Report