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Old 11-23-2009, 09:20 AM
Franc Tireur Franc Tireur is offline
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Lawmakers Propose 'War Surtax' to Pay for Troop Increase in Afghanistan

Two top Democrats say they want to impose a new tax on the wealthy to finance any increase in U.S. troops for the Afghanistan war.

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.

President Obama plans to hold his ninth meeting Monday evening with his national security team to discuss options for overhauling the strategy in Afghanistan. The president has been considering requests for tens of thousands more U.S. troops from his top commander, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, for nearly three months. He is not expected to announce his new strategy before Thanksgiving.

But any request would likely come with a hefty price tag. One option presented by McChrystal would bring 40,000 more troops into Afghanistan -- a proposal estimated to cost about $40 billion, according to the Office of Management and Budget.

Obey said if an increase like that is approved without any payment mechanism, then other domestic initiatives would be wiped out.

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Old 11-23-2009, 10:34 AM
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Since when did it become okay to financially penalize (that's pretty much what a tax is) a select portion of the population?

We are all Americans, no matter our individual incomes and it does not seem fair that one will pay more to fund a war than another, yet politicians continually assault the wealthy to pay for their pet projects.

In other words, you pay a hefty penalty for busting your hump and using your head to become rich in America. So why would anyone want to become rich? It would mean being slapped with more taxes than any other Americans, and that is not fair.

Fair would be placing a 5% income tax on every working American. 5% of a $10,000 yearly income would be $500. 5% of a $100,000 yearly income would be $5,000. Everyone would pay the same percentage of their income to fund a certain project, and that would be fair to everyone. (I am also a proponent of abolishing the IRS codes and instituting a percentage-of-sales tax, so everyone pays the same amount. No matter who you are, you pay when you buy something, and you would not need to jump through hoops every April 15th or wade through the swamp of regulations and forms to fund a borderline-corrupt government only to be penalized for misinterpreting a question and being thought of as trying to hide income.)

Politicians continually look at slapping the wealthy every time they need more money and it's gotten out of control. (And, no, I am not wealthy by any means, but one day? Who knows? I would not like carrying a heavier tax burden than any of my countrymen.)

Penalizing the wealthy certainly will not make them happy, but will only make them search harder for ever more loopholes to help them avoid paying taxes, and then the rest of us look down our noses at the wealthy for trying to get out of paying their taxes, like, how dare they try to escape their responsibilities to their country!

I would consider relocating to a different country, then who will the U.S. politicians have to tax the crap out of, the little people?

Poor people don't create jobs, it's the wealthy who do. If our government wants to totally destroy America, they are certainly on the right track.

Here's a novel idea: How about ending the war, bringing our troops back home where they belong and stop meddling in the politics of other countries? How about reducing the size of government instead of continually creating new positions and offices? How about reducing governmental spending and start living within our means? If the U.S. would just do that they would find there is more than enough money to cover it, and maybe, just maybe, our taxes would actually be reduced for a change.

We cannot continue to fund other governments when our own is in dire need of repair.

How about getting America back on track so it can once again become the greatest country in the world and become look-up-to as an example by the rest of the world, instead of being looked at as a pariah that needs to be destroyed?
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