When I first saw Governor Sarah Palin post on this I wasn’t sure exactly what she was talking about since I hadn’t heard about it.  Then Josh kindly directed me to this Fox New article.  Man, my head wants to explode:

Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., chairman of the purse string-controlling House Appropriations Committee, is calling the idea a "war surtax." He said that just as the federal government is expected to pay for its proposed intervention in the health care sector with new taxes, any escalated involvement in Afghanistan should come with a payment plan.

"If we have to pay for the health care bill, we should pay for the war as well … by having a war surtax," Obey told ABC News in an interview that aired Monday. "The problem in this country with this issue is that the only people that has to sacrifice are military families and they’ve had to go to the well again and again and again and again, and everybody else is blithely unaffected by the war."

Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is making a similar demand.

You know what Congressman Obey and Senator Levin?  I already pay for what is going on in Afghanistan.  It’s called the income tax that is taken out of my paycheck.  I can’t help that you and your cronies squander it via earmarks so you don’t know how to pay for things. 

I’ll help you out.  Here’s a thought, and hear me out here.  Let’s cut spending on items that aren’t mandated by our Constitution.  I know, what a silly idea!  Defense, it’s in there.  Umm… TARF, Stimulus, and Healthcare well they’re not.

Let’s get our priorities straight gentleman.  Since President Obama is now finally making a decision on Afghanistan (which has to set all kinds of records for the amount of time it took) we should, at the very least, fund it without trying to hose the American taxpayer because of your lack of fiscal discipline.

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  1. Actually, the point of the surtax is that we aren’t paying for the war … it’s almost entirely deficit spending. That’s really the point that Rep. Obey is trying to make — whereas every dollar is being tracked when it comes to health care, most people aren’t paying attention to the fact that the wars haven’t been paid for.

    In World War II, taxes were raised and bonds were sold to pay the added expenses. Now, we just tack it onto our kids and grandkids.

    He has a really good point, and I actually kind of like the surtax suggestion as he proposed to it, rather than the “tax on the upper [insert number] percent” that Rep. Levin is discussing.
    .-= Wickle´s last blog ..Thanks =-.

  2. The Defense department has been *starving* for money ever since 9/11. If you don’t know that, you truly have not been paying attention. Hello? Armor for Humvees? Better body armor for our troops? More IED-proof troop transports? Those things weren’t in the budget then, and we’re still trying to piecemeal them into Afghanistan! And then Bush went & CUT TAXES, REDUCING THE MONEY AVAILABLE TO FIGHT HIS NEW (EXPLETIVE DELETED) WAR! If you TRULY support our troops, you’ll open your wallet. Otherwise, you’re a disingenuous fraud! That is all. It’s about time you conservatives put your money where your mouth is.

  3. Let’s hope the president not only figures out how to pay for the war (that is the conservative way) but he figures out the end game strategy.. it would be nice to have a president exercising conservative values instead of one going to war without knowing how he will pay for it and having an exit strategy. That said.. I have little hope that either will happen.
    .-= Kansas Bob´s last blog ..Funny Thanksgiving Travel Tips =-.

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