Alliance for Democracy

Raise taxes to pay for more war and increase opposition to war.‏

Posted in Afghanistan, Rep. David Obey, Sen. Carl Levin, Share the Sacrifice Act, troops, War tax by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on November 26, 2009

Congressman David Obey, (WI) and Senator Carl Levin have proposed the Share the Sacrifice Act of 2010 (sorry, no bill numbers yet) which would place a surcharge tax on the wealthy to pay for additional troops Obama seems set to send to Afghanistan.

 Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you.  I hope that with the economy being in recession and wars continuing to be waged that each of you can still find something to be thankful for and that as the holiday season gets under way, that you will, as you are able, reach out to those in such great need. 
 
For myself, I am thankful that Congressman David Obey, (WI) and Senator Carl Levin have proposed the
Share the Sacrifice Act of 2010 (sorry, no bill numbers yet) which would place a surcharge tax on the wealthy to pay for additional troops Obama seems set to send to Afghanistan. 

 According to a New York Times article the White House figures the cost of keeping one soldier in Afghanistan for one year is $1 million.  Even if President Obama only sends 30,000 (only?), that is a cost of $30 billion each year and the projection is that they will be there many years.  Add that to the cost of those already there and we could be paying for all the needlessly expensive healthcare reforms the insurance, drug and medical equipment companies are going to foist onto us.  If we had sensable healthcare proposal (single payer), the money saved would pay for a lot of job in renewable energy, or to send all of our kids to colleges or universities without loading them down with sometimes insurmountable debt.

 In the same manner that we are expected to pay for healthcare reform from the current budget, so should we pay for war instead of financing it on the shoulders of our children. 

 So Rep. David Obey with seven other members of Congress [Barney Frank (D-MA), Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), Sam Farr (D-CA), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Betty McCollum (D-MN), Jim McDermott (D-WA), Jim McGovern (D-MA), Linda Sanchez (D-CA), John Murtha (D-PA) and John Larson (D – CT)] along with Senator Carl Levin have proposed increased taxes to cover the expenses of war.  The House bill would impose a progressive tax ranging from 1 to 5% on incomes whereas the Senate version would impose a income tax surcharge on incomes over $200,000. 

 Per Obey, “If we don’t address the cost of this war, we will continue shoving billions of dollars in taxes off on future generations and will devour money that could be used to rebuild our economy by fixing our broken health care system, expanding educational opportunities and job training possibilities, attacking our long term energy problems and building stronger communities. We cannot allow the war to derail that potential.”

 For myself, I vote for the House version.  We know that one reason for the great opposition to the Vietnam war was the draft.  This tax, if it hit all the people, could be the “draft” for the war on Afghanistan.  


David e. Delk, Alliance for Democracy – Portland Chapter 503 232 5495 www.afd-pdx.org


Statement from Rep. Obey http://www.obey.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=849&Itemid=1

ABC Story http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/rep-david-obey-warns-president-obama-afghanistan-war/story?id=9126805

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