View Full Version : Lawmakers may propose "War Tax" to pay for Afghanistan

11-24-2009, 12:52 PM
No link for this as I just heard this being reported on FOX News. It appears that some liberal lawmakers, Charlie Rangel, David Obey and a couple of others may be proposing a "War Tax" on the wealthiest of Americans to pay for any upcoming troop surge in Afghanistan.

If there is such a thing as poetic justice...this is it. They would effectively be making all of the rich, anti-war Hollywood leftists pay for a war they have claimed to be against for the past 8 years. Hope and Change!!


11-24-2009, 02:23 PM
And just what are our basic taxes supposed to be funding? Yes, that's right, the military and basic government to provide protection for the country and to maintain the infrastructure.. Not welfare, not ACORN, not bailouts.. What complete and utter bullshit!

11-24-2009, 06:35 PM
You mean that Democrat lawmakers propose another tax among hundreds of other taxes.

Last Samurai
11-27-2009, 04:56 AM
Those of you old enough to remember (or have the capacity of prolonged memory retention) might recall LBJ's little surtax (IIRC it was an additional 10%) tacked onto your income tax for the year (1968, IIRC). That was, ostensibly, to fund the two wars LBJ had going also. Except his was Viet Nam and the "War on Poverty". In hindsight, I suggest it didn't work.

So, this is NOT unique. On the other hand, it was back in the days when virtually everyone paid at least some income taxes. Unlike recent years.... like 2006, when fully 39% of filers paid no income taxes at all.

The current approach to "sticking it to" the taxpayers is to mention that it will only be stuck on "the wealthy". NICE bumper sticker one liner! Considering that a goodly number of Dem supporters are in the non-taxpaying brackets anyway (.... and therefore don't have a dog in the race concerning income tax levels, except to keep themselves free from the onus of having to "kick in"....), the "line" "sells well" with the Dem masses.

On the other hand, considering that the top 50% of tax filers pay 97% of all income taxes anyway..... going about with "we will just tax the rich" on one's lips is nothing more than a truthful descriptive statement of the situation as it already exists. Which DOES mean, of course, that it can only get worse.... at least for the tax payers. (Those who actually DO pay income taxes that is.)

I get the feeling that Congress believes that it is the modern version of "Robin Hood". (Although the name seems appropriate, "He" DID ROB and, therefore, WAS a "hood".) Taking from the rich to give to the poor (or anyone else desirous of "free lunch" and has the political pull to get it) might sound "noble"..... it is still common thievery.