Journal: Afghanistan War surtax–‘Pay as you fight’

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David RogersMon Nov 23, 2009

Call it “pay as you fight.”

After months of listening to conservatives caterwaul over deficits and health care, senior House Democrats want a graduated surtax on individuals and corporations to pay for another big drain on the treasury: the Afghanistan war.

Three full committee chairmen — including the House’s top tax writer, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) — are backing the initiative together with the chair of the party caucus, Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.), and close allies of Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Phi Beta Iota: In the context of the existing Tea Parties, we speculate that this is a White House initiative to increase opposition to sending more troops to Afghanistan.  Despite the continuing hubris that characterizes the most senior policy makers regardless of ideological persuasion, it may just be sinking in that the best thing we can do for America is withdraw all of our forces from around the world, and reset our home front–the twelve core policies that have been ill-attended since the beginning of this century are Agriculture, Dipomacy, Economy, Education, Energy, Family, Health, Immigration, Justice, Security, Society, and Water.