The Tea Party needs to seriously consider the meaning of this proposed tax hike.
I’ve called Republicans “Traitors” for suggesting a tax hike, and I am not interested in cooperating with a Democrat’s proposed tax hike. The reason I think the proposal should be taken seriously is not because I want taxes raised, but because the call for new taxes reveals something important about the choices we face as a nation.
CNS News reports, “Dem. Senator Calls For ‘War Surtax’ To Fight ISIS — Defense Secretary Agrees.”
Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) on Wednesday called for a “temporary war surtax” to help pay for the cost of fighting against the Islamic State, calling it a “morally responsible” decision that “engages every American in bearing the cost of the conflict.” Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said he agreed with Coons.
During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to discuss President Barack Obama’s request for an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the Islamic State, Coons said he plans to propose amendments to the AUMF that “call for a temporary war surtax, that raises revenues, or one that is a mix of raising revenues or cutting spending to offset the cost of the conflict against ISIL.”
“A question I want to raise is about who bears the cost, in addition to the men and women of the armed forces and their families,” Coons said during the hearing.
“I think we need to be putting on the table in our conversation about authorizing the conflict against ISIS, the financial cost,” he continued, adding that, “the need to pay for the war is, for me, an essential concern.”
Why do I think that this proposal should be taken seriously?
Because war is expensive. And if you want the government to make war against ISIS, you are asking for increased spending and/or increased debt.
Increased debt, by the way, is a direct national security issue. A financial collapse will leave us in more danger. Claiming that any foreign enemy, no matter how far away from us, constitutes an excuse to add to our debt, is a policy of national suicide.
Coons also said that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have “added literally trillions of dollars to our nation’s debt.”
“I think we cannot write another blank check for war,” Coons said. “We have to pay for it. I think it’s also not just fiscally responsible but morally responsible. It engages every American in bearing the cost of the conflict.”
So here is the question. Do you want to raise taxes and do you want to make war against ISIS? Because you can’t do the second thing without doing the first, unless you want the national debt to climb higher.