Rep. Obey warns of ‘war surtax’ if Obama sends troops to Afghanistan

by Rick Moran
American Thinker
November 23, 2009

Would you pay more in taxes if it meant that General McChrystal could get the troops he needed to effectively prosecute the war in Afghanistan?

Democrat David Obey (WI), chairman of the tax writing Appropriations Committee, thinks you should. And he is threatening the president with a tax increase if Obama sends additional troops to Afghanistan.

Jonathan Karl of ABC News has the story:

“There ain’t going to be no money for nothing if we pour it all into Afghanistan,” House Appropriations Chairman David Obey told ABC News in an exclusive interview. “If they ask for an increased troop commitment in Afghanistan, I am going to ask them to pay for it.”

Obey, a Democrat from Wisconsin, made it clear that he is absolutely opposed to sending any more U.S. troops to Afghanistan and says if Obama decides to do that, he’ll demand a new tax — what he calls a “war surtax” — to pay for it.

“On the merits, I think it is a mistake to deepen our involvement,” Obey said. “But if we are going to do that, then at least we ought to pay for it. Because if we don’t, if we don’t pay for it, the cost of the Afghan war will wipe out every initiative we have to rebuild our own economy.

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