LETTERS TO THE EDITOR|
War backers should pay up or find alternative plan
To The Daily: Thank you for your Oct. 8 editorial “Tax aversion could cause us to rethink war.” “Republicans in the White House seem to fear taxes worse than the deaths of brave soldiers and Marines.”
Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., has proposed a war surtax of $30 for the average taxpayer to pay for the Iraq war, similar to the surtax imposed for the Vietnam War.
The president is requesting an additional $45 billion for the year through April 2008, in addition to the $145 billion through fiscal year 2008. The war, through deficit spending, now costs $10 billion per month. This is the same war President Bush and Vice President Cheney assured us would be paid for from Iraq oil sources.
The administration did not predict more than 3,800 Marines and soldiers would die in Iraq and more than 27,000 be seriously wounded. We cannot repay those who have died, but we must bear responsibility for those who will be disabled and incapacitated for life.
Space does not permit debating the wisdom or reasons for the war, mistakes, profits made, corruption and the resulting human catastrophes. Bankrupting our country, mortgaging the futures of our grandchildren and stretching our military beyond repair requires immediate consideration and attention.
Those who believe the war is worth fighting must believe it is worth the cost and should insist on paying the same. Hopefully, they will offer their support to Rep. Obey, or demand a better solution from their own elected officials.
Joel B. Maloof