I’m extremely troubled by some members of the Republican Party recently saying that they will not honor their promises not to raise taxes on the American people. Much has been made about the Taxpayer Protection Pledge advocated by Grover Norquist. When a candidate for public office signs that pledge, he is making a promise to his constituents—not to any one person—that they will not raise their taxes. Democrats are not even trying to hide the fact that they want to raise any tax they can. The question is only on whom and by how much. There are certain proposals, like higher energy taxes, that would hurt our economy more than others. Raising taxes on energy companies doesn’t hurt those companies; it hurts us! The American consumers are the ones who will have to pay for these higher taxes. I applaud Sens. Coats and Lugar for their stand against higher taxes and hope they continue to fight for lower taxes for us all.