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The Right wants to charge the cost of the war

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Those fiscally responsible, deficit-hawk Republicans—where are they? Where were they for the 8 years of George W. Bush? Still missing. Mike Lillis in the Washington Independent:

Here’s an interesting response from Sen. Charles Grassley (Iowa), senior Republican on the Finance Committee, when asked by a reporter this morning whether Congress intends to pay for the wars its launched, or continue to borrow the money and pile onto federal deficits.

Defending America is a number one responsibility and money’s not the first consideration. The first consideration is winning….

But we have always, one way or the other, raised the money to defend America, and in this case to defend America from a different kind of war, the war on terrorism. And it will be done.

He’s right on one account. You fight a war because you must, and the budget concerns should be immaterial. But the original question was, effectively, “Why aren’t lawmakers willing to ask Americans to pay for the costs of protecting the homeland, either through tax hikes or spending cuts elsewhere in the government?”

Grassley ducked it, and his argument that Congress has “always … raised the money to defend America” ignores the truth that, since 2001, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been funded primarily by borrowing from abroad — a particularly curious whitewash in the context of Republican criticisms that health care reform will break the federal budget.

The costs of that failure to ask for shared sacrifice have been tangible. When George W. Bush was elected to the White House in 2000, the nation’s debt was $5.7 trillion. Eight years later — after several rounds of tax cuts and two unfunded wars — the number had jumped to $10.0 trillion.

It’s worth noting that most of the Republicans now criticizing the costs of health care reform, Grassley included, also supported those mid-war tax cuts.

Written by LeisureGuy

25 November 2009 at 1:00 pm

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  1. wow so i guess it is perfectly ok for obama to continue that war? oh wait i forgot you only support war when a dem is prez.


    26 November 2009 at 3:25 pm

  2. You rather totally missed the point. The question is: How do we pay the costs of this war. The GOP wants to continue in the George W. Bush tradition: borrow the money from China. The suggestion is that it would be more responsible to specify ways of paying for the war in progress now.

    And, no, I don’t really think we’re doing any good in Afghanistan and I think we should disengage ourselves.


    26 November 2009 at 4:27 pm

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