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Democrats propose war surtax

October 2nd, 2007 . by Matt

The Democrats are proposing a war tax to fund the Iraq war and Afghanistan war, so people can see how much they are paying for the war.

Top House Democrats Tuesday proposed a “war surtax” to pay for the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, a plan quickly condemned by Republicans and opposed by the House leadership.

The surtax would be “a percentage of your tax bill,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairman Dave Obey, D-Wisconsin. “And if you don’t like the cost, then shut down the war.”

The measure — sponsored by Obey, Rep. Jack Murtha, D-Pennsylvania, and Jim McGovern, D-Massachusetts — would require low- and middle-income taxpayers to add 2 percent to their tax bill, while higher-income taxpayers would add 12 to 15 percent, Obey said.

The House Democratic leadership made it clear Wednesday that they had not signed off on the measure.

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, House speaker Nancy Pelosi blasted President Bush for not asking Americans to sacrifice and “adding hundreds of billions of dollars in debt for future generations to repay.”

But Pelosi said she will not back the measure.

“Some have suggested that shared sacrifice should take the form of a draft; others have suggested a surtax. Those who oppose a tax and the draft also should oppose the president’s war,” Pelosi said. “Just as I have opposed the war from the outset, I am opposed to a draft and I am opposed to a war surtax.”

A spokesman for the House Ways and Means committee, which handles all tax measures, told CNN “there’s no expectation that this proposal will come before the committee.”

The proposal comes as the Bush administration requested an additional $190 billion for the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Obey estimated the surtax would annually generate between $140 and $150 billion dollars which is equivalent to the annual cost of the war in Iraq.

I have a better idea. Since the war is so divisive, why not have the people that support the war pay for it? If people really want the war, then they should be willing to pay for it.


One Response to “Democrats propose war surtax”

  1. comment number 1 by: MarkA

    Does the Vatican reveal what percentage of offerings go to pay lawsuits for child molesters?