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Friday, October 05, 2007

Existential Threats Are NOT Worth Tax Hikes

A Tax Test for the War

Would conservatives and Republicans support the war in Iraq if they had to pay for it?

That is the immensely useful question that Rep. David Obey (D-Wis.), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, put on the table this week by calling for a temporary war tax to cover President Bush's request for $145 billion in supplemental spending for Iraq.

The proposal is a magnificent way to test the seriousness of those who claim that the Iraq war is an essential part of the "global war on terror." If the war's backers believe in it so much, it should be easy for them to ask taxpayers to put up the money for such an important endeavor.

Or as Obey said in a statement, "I'm tired of seeing that only military families are asked to sacrifice in this war."

if the president believes in this war so much and doesn't want to raise taxes, let him propose the deep spending cuts it would take to cover the costs. Then Bush would show how much of a priority he believes this war is
The Democrats are totally spineless to not pursue this (big surprise). God forbid we ever actually pay for any of the ridiculous crap the government spends money on. Let's just let our grandkids pay back the Chinese with all the money they'll have from manufacturing, wait, tech jobs? No. I guess they'll all be working at Chinese owned Wal-Marts selling products to each other because that will be the only place anyone will be able to afford to shop. And no one will have the education to work anywhere else.

Good job Bush. Real nice. You wanna kick my dog while I'm here?

Seriously, this war is killing is national suicide. Are Americans (outside of the military) incapable of sacrifice?

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