Make war, raise taxes? Afghanistan surtax gains momentum
Instead of “pay as you go” Congress is considering a new way of fighting wars: “pay as you fight.” Several prominent Democratic members of Congress are pushing for a graduated surtax on individuals and corporations to pay for the Afghanistan war, especially with the looming troop increase. The Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee has even gone so far to tell President Obama that if he wants support for a troop surge in Afghanistan, he should be supporting the war surtax. Is the “Share the Sacrifice Act” merely an act of political rhetoric against the Afghanistan war, or a serious proposal to fund an increasingly expensive endeavor?
Joe Klein, columnist for TIME magazine