“All it takes for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” – Edmund Burke
The above quote is one of my favorite and oft quoted phrases. It can apply in both domestic and foreign policy issues and I’ve used it for both in various contexts. I thought about this quote in a couple of different ways as I read the below article in the Wall Street Journal. If you can’t get in because the Journal asks for money, it is basically the same as the article in the WP.
In any case, the part that I want to point out to you good reader is this paragraph:
The administration must also face demands from key Democrats to pay for the war without increasing the $1.4 trillion budget deficit. The House chairmen of the Appropriations Committee, Ways and Means Committee, defense appropriations subcommittee and Financial Services Committee, along with the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, are pressing a war surtax to pay for the escalation.
Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has a similar proposal.
The news expects Obama to authorize 30,000 – 35,000 troops equaling $30 to- $35 Billion next Tuesday during his prime-time address from West Point.
I hope you saw that WAR SURTAX part. You’ve got to be joking, right? While $35 Billion dollars is not an insignificant amount of money, these guys are the same politicians that authorized three sepearate bailouts directly totaling more than $1.5 trillion. That doesn’t count the tens of trillions of additional debt and obligations they have hung on the taxpayer by other means. It also doesn’t count the $900 billion or so price tag of health care ‘reform’. Where do they get off worrying about $35 billion dollars compared to the tidal wave of bailouts they literally squandered on non-stimulating stimulus or literally gave to Wall Street at our expense?
Put in perspective, which should they be balking about when it comes to ‘fiscal responsibility’?
Even worse, which is nobler and right when you talk about opposing government spending? Do you defeat the people and the mentality that perpetrated 9/11 and give our troops the tools and support they need to do their job so they can come home safe OR do you give bailouts to private interests on the backs of the tax-payer?
War surtax. Hmpf. Where are the Wall Street surtaxes and their regulation? Notice that financial regulation is the only piece of legislation Congress has drug their feet on. Everything else, they wanted to pass as quickly as possible so we wouldn’t have a chance to read it.
Look at your representative closely. Are they are part of the solution or part of this problem? There are more than you think and they are on both sides of aisle.