So the hawks circling Obama will get got their troop escalation in Afghanistan.
It galls me how they pose as Brave Thinkers Who (Alone) Understand The Dangerous World We Live In.
I say to them: if a bigger war is so vital to our security, show some political spine and support a thing that would separate patriots from posers – a $30 billion surtax to cover the cost of a troop surge. (Best estimate: $1 million per soldier per year.)
If you can’t do it, then you’re saying the adventure is not vital after all.
The surtax’s proponent, Rep. Dave Obey, makes the sound point that if national health insurance reform and other vital domestic initiatives have had to be “deficit neutral” (yes, they have!), so should this military adventure.
But don’t expect a lot of takers.
In the years I observed DC’s military hawks and deficit hawks (usually the same birds), they lose their tail feathers when the question is — Gasp! Raising taxes! — or making the military live on a pay-as-you-go-basis. Continue reading
From an article in the Open Left Blog, by my friend, David Sirota:
“Political headlines of late have all been some version of Dow Jones Newswire’s recent scream: ‘CBO Puts Health Care Bill Cost at $1 Trillion.’ That’s as true as an Enron press release touting only one side of the company’s ledger. Though the bill’s expenditure do total $1 trillion, the CBO confirms its other provisons recover more than that, meaning headlines should read, ‘CBO Says Health Bill Saves $110 Billion’.”
To really get your blood boilding, read David’s detailed examples of media malfeasance here.
Hey, did you see the Pew Research Center poll? The one just out? Showing voter rage at congressional incumbents stronger than the majority-changing years of 1994 and 2006?
Now think back to when I ran for the Senate, also in an anti-incumbent year (’92). Remember the funny thing that happened to me along the way? Where the guy who’d never been dogcatcher–that was his proud credential–came within 330 votes of me in the Democratic primary and doomed my general election candidacy right there? It didn’t matter that I was “influential”  or had a bunch of accomplishments. Voters despised an out-of-touch Congress so much they voted for “outsiders.”
Yeah, I do have some bona-fides to be frank here. So allow me to say this: you and your Senate Ds are in deep shit! Continue reading