Lieberman suggests tax increase to fund war

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by ZZZzzzzzzz, Feb 6, 2007.

  1. (What a freaking dilema for the republiklans and dems both! To go against Lieberman on this one has to be unpatriotic and treasonous, right? After all, he is just asking people to pitch in and sacrifice for the war on terrorism, right? What red blooded American patriot doesn't want to sacrifice for the war, right?)

    War tax sought as Congress debates Bush budget
    Tue Feb 6, 2007 4:55 PM ET

    By Richard Cowan

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An outspoken supporter of the Iraq war on Tuesday called for a new tax to pay for its astronomical cost as Congress opened a debate on President George W. Bush's $2.9 trillion budget plan for next year.

    Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut proposed a "war on terrorism tax" at a Senate hearing during which he said the Pentagon's $622 billion defense budget proposal for fiscal 2008 threatened to crowd out funds for domestic programs.

    The lawmaker, a former Democrat turned independent, favors a U.S. troop buildup in Iraq.

    Bush traveled to Manassas, Virginia, to deliver the opposite message about the budget he submitted to the Democrat-controlled Congress on Monday.

    "This budget can work if Congress resists the temptation to raise your taxes," the Republican president told employees of Micron Technology Inc., a semiconductor manufacturer.

    As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan grind on and their costs could hit $662 billion by the end of next year, Congress is becoming increasingly worried about cutting domestic programs to keep wartime budget deficits down.

    Even moderate Republicans have rebelled against tight budgets for social programs, saying last year they had been "cut to the bone and into the marrow."

    House of Representatives and Senate budget panels want to produce their own spending plans within the next few months.

    "I think we have to start thinking about a war on terrorism tax," Lieberman said during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Bush's defense budget. "I mean, people keep saying we're not asking a sacrifice of anybody but our military in this war and some civilians who are working on it."

    Lieberman did not provide details of his tax idea.


    Bush's budget proposal also faced skepticism among Democrats on the House Budget Committee.

    "We find the results that you claim unconvincing," Chairman John Spratt, a South Carolina Democrat, told Bush budget director Rob Portman.

    Spratt said Bush's plan projects a $61 billion budget surplus in 2012 while assuming only $50 billion in war costs in 2009 and none after that. This year, fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan could total around $170 billion.

    Bush's budget also does not factor in permanently fixing a quirk in the U.S. tax code so that middle-class taxpayers do not get hit with tax bills designed for the wealthy. The fix could cost around $1 trillion.

    "We have good news for the American people," Portman told the committee. "The president's 2008 budget reduces the deficit every year and balances the budget by 2012, while meeting our nation's priorities."

    Rep. Marion Berry, an Arkansas Democrat, responded, "My first thought is, if we're doing so good, how come we're so broke?"

    U.S. debt has risen $3 trillion since Bush took office in 2001. That debt skyrocketed following an economic slowdown that began in late 2000 and Bush tax cuts amid huge increases in spending for government-run health programs, the military and domestic security after September 11.

    House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel said Bush needs to reach out to Democrats if he wants to accomplish a budget that deals with politically explosive issues like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

    "I don't think that I can tell the president what to put on the table and what not to put on the table but I can tell him don't pick a damn fight," Rangel told reporters.

    Washington politicians were not the only ones attacking Bush's budget, which would allow domestic discretionary spending to grow by only 1 percent, below the rate of inflation.

    California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, said his state would be hurt by plans to transfer some health care costs to the poor from the federal government to state governments. He also said it was unacceptable to eliminate federal reimbursements for costs of jailing illegal immigrants.
  2. Yeah, i read does it work, that ZERO funding after 2009?

    Obviously, it must be all wrapped up by then..........what a fraud.
  3. Excellent idea. Why not... if we support spreading democracy, then we need to pay for it too.
  4. This may be the first tax that liberals won't agree with. Especially if Republicans are willing to pony up.
  5. Wow what a suprise, a liberal wants to raise taxes.
  6. What a surprise, the conservatives want to fund wars through borrowing money in the form of selling bonds to a real potential threat....Red China.

    Now, when Red China invades Taiwan after the 08 Olympics, and threatens that if we try to do anything about it, they will sell all their US bonds at the market, and as the bond market crashes our dollar and economy, you be talking about the "Liberals" as the ones to blame.

    What a total fraud "conservative" you are...

  7. More moonbat hypocrisy: the radical Islamists are not a "real potential threat," they just want to be left alone. All this talk about a caliphate and the West converting to Islam or dying is just made up by Halliburton.

    The CHINESE on the other hand.....!!!!!!

    Hey Zzzztroll, don't look under your bed. There's a billion plus Chinamen lurking there....

    You fearmonger, you.
  8. Brandonf

    Brandonf ET Sponsor

    When Red China invades Taiwan and the US undertakes its obligation to defend them you and all the other left wing nuts will be screaming and yelling about an illegal war then too.
  9. Oh sure, we will go to war with RED China over Taiwan.


    We waste our time, money, resources on terrorism while the Tiger gets stronger...

  10. Knee-jerk fearmongering.
    #10     Feb 8, 2007