Monday, November 23, 2009

Share the Sacrifice Act

With all the talk of deficits it is about time someone proposes a tax to pay for the ongoing war in Afghanistan. I'm sure all the deficit hawks will vote to support such a bill. A graduated surtax on individuals and corporations would actually pay for the war which currently costs over 60 billion dollars per year. Another billion dollars a year would be needed for every 1000 additional troops that are sent to Afghanistan.

The bill exempts those who served in Iraq or Afghanistan since the 2001 as well as families who have lost an immediate relative in the fighting. Families making between 30-150 thousand dollars per year would incur an additional 1% tax. Those that make between 150-250 thousand would pay more and those making over 250 thousand even more.

It's about time we start paying for these wars that we have been fighting for almost nine years now. Going to war and cutting taxes at the same time was not a reasonable policy. Let's see how much Americans support the war in Afghanistan when the cost actually comes out of their pockets every year. After all, we don't want to leave huge deficits for our children.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

what do you think of bringing back the draft, too? It would help in the same way to make these wars REAL for everyone.