Monday, October 12, 2009

Hey Republicans Pay for War Fantasies with Tax Increase

Now that the bill for the "war on terror" is on the books, part of the budget deficit, Pres. Obama should treat it like any other expense. If we spend more money on Afghanistan, increase taxes to pay for it.

Make this the "Waterloo" for the Republicans. Have them propose area's they would cut, so they can pass a much needed tax increase.

This is a no brainer. Either way, the nation would come out ahead. The tax should have been in place since the beginning, but Bush and the Republican congress kept the expense off the books to avoid public scrutiny. It's time for fiscal responsibility.

Despite the existence of a warrior set of Democrats like Sen. Diane Feinstein and Joe Leiberman, war mongering is overwhelmingly Republican.

AP- "The U.S. mission in Afghanistan is in "serious jeopardy" and needs more troops to turn the tide against an increasingly potent Taliban insurgency, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said ... Sen. Dianne Feinstein ... said delaying the reinforcements also puts the forces already in Afghanistan at greater risk.

Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan ... presented Obama with a range of options, from adding as few as 10,000 troops to - the general's strong preference - as many as 40,000. There are already about 68,000 American forces in Afghanistan.

Sen. John McCain said it would be "an error of historic proportions" if Obama decides against a significantly larger U.S. presence. Sen. Lindsey Graham said Afghan national police are "getting slaughtered" and thousands more forces are needed to bring security and stability to the country. Senate Minority
Leader Mitch McConnell said that a request by Obama for more troops as advised by commanders would meet with broad support in the Senate. Although he acknowledged massive fraud in elections in Afghanistan and called its government flawed, McConnell said the strategy there is about protecting the U.S."

Of course, these same Republicans were wrong about Iraq and the war strategy there. So why should we listen to them now? That's just plain "crazy talk."

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